All About Italy (USA) - - New Project - John Da­porto

Thanks to a deal signed with the north­ern re­gion of Veneto, Lom­bardy, and the au­tonomous re­gion of Trentino Alto Adige, the Ital­ian Min­istry of In­fra­struc­ture and Lo­gis­tics launched the “Garda by Bike” project, a spec­tac­u­lar 140 km bike route that, go­ing through the above re­gions will cre­ate a ring around the largest and most pic­turesque Ital­ian lake. The am­bi­tious project will al­low both be­gin­ner and ex­pert cy­clists to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the lake’s perime­ter while en­joy­ing its breath-tak­ing sur­round­ing scenery. It will also be pos­si­ble for the less ex­pe­ri­enced cy­clists to skip the more chal­leng­ing sec­tions of the path, like, for ex­am­ple, the 27 km hilly stretch be­tween the towns of Gargnano and Li­mone, by catch­ing a ferry that will take them and their bikes to their des­ti­na­tion.

Garda by Bike will be com­pleted in 2021 with a pre­dicted bud­get of 102 mil­lion EUR. How­ever, the most im­pres­sive stretch, from Corno Reamol by Li­mone all the way to Riva del Garda, should be fin­ished by this sum­mer. This brand-new bike path will cost 7,6 mil­lion EUR and it will feature 2 km of path­way mostly sus­pended from the rock sur­round­ing the lake, just a few me­ters above the wa­ter. The project puts its hopes in at­tract­ing larger num­bers of tourists and boost­ing the area’s ap­peal, con­nect­ing in­di­vid­ual cities and vil­lages, and mak­ing cy­clists safer by sep­a­rat­ing them from ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic. Lo­cal coun­selor Sil­via Razzi said the project is in­tended to pro­mote “sus­tain­able tourism” as well as to of­fer “greater vis­i­bil­ity for trade, res­tau­rants, and ho­tels in the Garda area.”

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