The Mincio cycle path (or Mantova-Peschiera cycle path) is a 43.5 km cycle path that runs along the towpaths of the River Mincio, between the municipalities of Peschiera del Garda (VR) and Mantova.
It is a two-way cycle path with a modest difference in height. Completed in 2006 and entirely paved, it retraces one of the sides of the famous fortified quadrilateral that the Austrians built in the first half of the 19th century.
The start, if you follow the north-south route, is at the railway viaduct of Peschiera del Garda. The track begins on the right side of the Mincio, passing on the left side at the village of Monzambano, near the Salionze dam.
Shortly afterwards the Scaligero castle of Valeggio sul Mincio comes into view and then we reach Borghetto, a village characteristic for its many watermills and the ruins of the Visconti bridge. From here we continue along the Mincio to Pozzolo, where we can find a variant for Volta Mantovana.
Now the track begins to move away from the river, continuing along the canals of the Mantuan plain.
After about 20 km we reach the city of Mantua. Here you will find the railway station, but it is advisable to continue on the small cycle/pedestrian road, which runs along Lake Mezzo, until you reach the castle of Mantova.
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