Published on: 16 March 2013 | Last updated: 9 March 2018
The Val Rendena cycleway is entirely surfaced and mainly traffic-free. It starts at Sant’Antonio di Mavignola. Go past the fountain and the little chapel on your left (if the chapel is open don’t go by without taking a peek).
The next bit is fairly steep, very quiet, road. At the bottom of the hill are the resort town of Pinzolo and its quieter neighbour Carisolo. The cycleway detours to the church of a tiny chapel of San Stefano on an outcrop of rock above the river with frescoes by Simone Baschenis. Inside there’s a magnificent frescoes of Charlemagne. During the peak summer months the little church is opened up by volunteers (see visittrentino.it for opening times – or ask at the helpful tourist office). Speaking of the helpful tourist office, if you have the time, rent the excellent audio-tour of the village.
It’s definitely worth making the stop to see the church of San Vigilio in Pinzolo with its danza macabara by Simone Baschenis. A danza macabra is a fresco showing the great and the good of the Middle Ages in a dance with skeletal figures – there are a small number of these scattered across Europe).
There are another couple of Baschenis chapels at Pelugo and Ragoli.
The cycleway ends at the Lago di Ponte Pio. The lake itself is nice enough, but you won’t be particularly missing out on anything if you decide to continue on towards Stenico.
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Where to eat
Particular recommendations for the Magnabò restaurant next to the campsite at Carisolo and the pizzeria Le Fontane next to the Val Rendena campsite.
There are no stations within easy reach.
In 2012 there was a BiciBus service. This was being run on a trial basis so I don’t know whether it will run in 2013 and beyond. Update: there’s now a network of BiciBus services. You can download a pdf copy of the 2016 flyer from visitbondone.it (visitbondone.it: BiciBus flyer ).