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Old 01-27-07, 03:59 PM   #1
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please , anyone cycled round italy

looking for advice on cycling round the lake garda area of italy, i'm going on my dahon six speed folder, i'm very fit and in need of some good cycling routes, thanks, oh,i'll be based at garda town.
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I think you're gonna love Italy. I've toured there twice (one on a folder) and had a fantastic time (see my tour of Italy attached to my sig if you want). I don't know much about Lake Garda, but I can recommend a great organization:

http://www.hospitalityclub.org/

If you join, you can connect with people all over the world (Including around Lake Garda). Whether you're interested in hospitality or just finding routes and information, somebody will gladly help you. BTW, I found a couple of Italian pen pals this way, and it really improved my language skills. Good luck. I'm sure you'll have a great time.
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I found maps from http://www.touringclub.it to be really useful. If you join Touring Club Italiano you get a discount on maps from their website and on some campground fees, some hotels, and some museums. I'm not promising you'll save enough to justify the 25 euro membership, that depends on how long you stay and which campgrounds, hotels, etc. you frequent.
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biking around Lake Garda

The tourist information office by the lake has free maps with the secondary roads clearly marked. Sometimes they run out, in which case you can try the tourist information office in Bardolino (there's a paved multi-use path along the lake from Garda to Bardolino which allows you to avoid the road & car traffic). The Bardonecchia tourist office is by the main lakeshore road: from the end of the path you have to go through the center of the old town inland towards the main road.

North of Garda the lake shore is hemmed in by Mt. Baldo, and there are tunnels towards the northern extremity (north of Malcesine). The lakeshore road on the northern half of the western shore also has lots of tunnels.

If you go during the warm-weather months, there can be a lot of car traffic on the lakeshore road, which can be very intimidating.
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thank you all for your help,
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