Trekking

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{{sottotitoloComp}} Sentiero della Ponale: il must del Garda Trentino - All mountain + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 1:34Distance: 3,1Ascent: 249

The Ponale Trail is the best known and most popular in Garda Trentino: easy but at the same time spectacular as its winds sheer above the lake, a classic trek you can't afford to miss.
The line of the Old Ponale Road stands out against the mountainside and is clearly visible from the beaches in Riva and Torbole. The Ponale trail is an icon of Garda Trentino, much loved by visitors and locals alike who never tire of the spectacular views it offers at every bend.


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The alpin trail Ponale reopens on April, 21st renewed and ready for your walks and rides: we're waiting for you!

The Ponale Road is famous not only for the unequalled panorama of the lake but also for the military installations you can see along the trail. When you come to the second and third tunnels you can see remains of the Tagliata del Ponale, imposing fortifications built by the Austro-Hungarians from 1860 onwards which consist of tunnels excavated into the rock and trenches which stretch from lake level to the outposts overlooking the current trail. Today the Tagliata complex is normally closed to the public for reasons of safety.

Difficulty: Easy

Riva del Garda

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Belvedere Ponale Alto

Sentiero Busatte Tempesta, un classico del Garda Trentino - Hiking trail+ INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 2:08Distance: 5,4Ascent: 156

The Busatte - Tempesta Trail is one of the most well-known and popular hikes in the area, largely thanks to the spectacular metal ladders which make it possible to get past the steepest sections and the marvellous views all along the trail.

The trek leads up a steep mountainside sheer above the lake through dense Mediterranean vegetation.

Curious fact: during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Tempesta actually marked the Italian border.

Difficulty: Tourist paths

Busatte Park - Torbole sul Garda

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Tempesta
Bastione e Santa Barbara, i signori di Riva del Garda - All mountain + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 2:14Distance: 2,2Ascent: 589

From Riva del Garda to Bastione and then on up to Santa Barbara: this hike touches on two of the symbols of the town perched on the mountainside above Riva del Garda

From down below, the Bastione and especially the chapel of Santa Barbara, seem incredibly far away, perched on the steep mountainside. However it doesn't take long at all to get to them and from up there you have spectacular views over Riva del Garda and the lake

The chapel of Santa Barbara, standing out white against the rock of the mountain, was built during the 1920s when work was under way on the pipes carrying the water from Lake Ledro to the hydroelectric station in Riva del Garda and is dedicated to the patron saint of miners. It is one of the single most spectacular viewing points in Garda Trentino.

Difficulty: Middle

Riva del Garda - via Monte Oro

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Santa Barbara

Natura e geologia vista lago (da Torbole a Nago) - All mountain + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 3:04Distance: 6,8Ascent: 428

A trail which connects the Marmitte dei Giganti, spectacular geological pothole formations, with the Castagneto di Nago chestnut woods where these majestic trees are tended by the locals for their fruit which plays such an important part in local tradition.

This trail focuses on some of the typical features of the Garda area, and all with a view of the lake. From Torbole, the trail runs past the glacial potholes and then heads up to the Castegneto chestnut wood, where you have a wonderful view of Torbole and the lake below. Watch out because the stretch leading up the chestnut wood is short but quite steep!

The sweet chestnut tree was widely grown in Trentino as elsewhere because of the major economic importance it had for mountain people who depended on it as a subsistence food. The fruit of this tree is highly nutritious and formed an important part of the local diet. Testimony to this are the numerous chestnut woods in Garda Trentino, including those in Drena, Pranzo, Tenno and Campi.
Today the "maroni" (larger and tastier than normal chestnuts) play a major part in the menu for festivals and speciality menus for the autumn season.

Difficulty: Middle

Torbole sul Garda

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Castagneto - Nago

Das Biotop der Marocche, die "Valli della Luna" (Das Mondtal) - Hiking trail+ INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 2:15Distance: 5,5Ascent: 113

An easy excursion in a truly unique environment in another dimension of time and space

This biotope, meaning an area which is protected because of its unique natural and geological features, is the largest post-glacial landslide in the entire Alps: an imposing mass of rocky debris which gives the area a lunar appearance and a habitat for plants and animals which have adapted to this particularly arid environment.


During your visit be sure to examine the dinosaur tracks on a great boulder along the trail: they date back to over 100 million years ago! And if you are into botany, watch out for the natural bonsais you will find among the rocks: they are true “dwarf trees” which due to the harsh environmental conditions have short branches and underdeveloped trunks. These trees do not usually manage to grow more than a metre high, even though they are often over a hundred years old.


The name "Marocche" comes from local dialect: "maroc" means boulder, a big lump of rock.

Did you know? Local legend tells that this area was once the site of the city of Kas, whose inhabitants were famed for their immortality. But the Lord, tired of their dissolute ways, caused the surrounding mountains to crumble and bury the city beneath a giant landslide now called Marocche.

Difficulty: Easy

Parking place (main road to Drena, left side)

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Parking place (main road to Drena, left side)

Un classico del Garda Trentino: sulla cima del Monte Stivo - All mountain + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 2:21Distance: 4,7Ascent: 810

Monte Stivo dominates Garda Trentino, and from its summit you have one of the most spectacular views over Lake Garda and the surrounding valleys.

The trail soon takes you above the woods and onto the wide open pastures which cover the summit of Monte Stivo and are clearly visible from the Basso Sarca. You are likely to come across cows and horses grazing on the pastures.

N.B. The mountain hut Rifugio Prospero Marchetti is currently closed for restoration

Monte Stivo is an imposing presence in Basso Sarca, its bulk towering above the "Busa" (the flat lands between Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole). Proverbs in local dialect bear witness to the importance of this mountain in the life of the community, with expressions like "When Stivo has its hat on, either it's going to rain or the sun's coming out soon” (Quando el Stif el g'ha el capel o che'l piove o che'l fa bel".) The “hat” is the crown of cloud which covers the peak of the mountain and is a sign of variable weather.

Difficulty: Middle

Sant'Antonio

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Monte Stivo

I Forti del Monte Brione - All mountain + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 2:54Distance: 6,8Ascent: 342

An easy trek to explore the Austro-Hungarian border defences along the Sentiero della Pace or Peace Trail

Up until 1918 Garda Trentino belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire which, well aware of the strategic position of the area, went about constructing a serious system of defences which centred on Monte Brione. Apart from bearing visible traces of that period, Monte Brione is also a biotope (or protected area) because of the high level of biodiversity of its typical Mediterranean vegetation.

Brione is home to 817 species of plant, 35% of the entire flora of Trentino! Many of these are rare or endangered species and some grow here alone, on the shores of Lake Garda. In particular, there is an extraordinary variety of orchids with 26 known species. This is the reason why the top of Monte Brione is recognised as a biotope or protected area.

Difficulty: Easy

Porto San Nicolò - Riva del Garda

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Porto San Nicolò - Riva del Garda

Affacciati sulla Valle del Sarca (Colodri - Colt) - All mountain + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 2:59Distance: 9,3Ascent: 529

A hike along the Colodri and Colt ridges, natural balconies overlooking the Sarca Valley. Please note this trail is only for sure-footed experienced hikers!

The hike starts in the centre of Arco and covers the rocky area which culminates at the top of the cliff where Arco Castle is located. The trail runs along the summit, above the sheer wall of the Monte Colodri ferrata, one of the most popular ferratas in Garda Trentino (an easy via ferrata which is even suited to beginners)

The Colodri and Colt peaks are marked by large crosses.
The cross on Monte Colt was erected by the Ceniga Community in the Holy Year 1933/34, and offers a marvellous view over Ceniga, Dro, Paganella Peak and Stivo. At the top of Colodri, you can leave a message in the visitor's book at the cross. Heading down towards Ceniga, you come to the Roman bridge and the beach underneath where in summer you can always stop for a refreshing dip in the river

Difficulty: Middle

Arco centre

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Arco centre

Bosco Caproni e Trincee di Vastrè - All mountain + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 2:06Distance: 5,1Ascent: 220

A nature walk which in just a few kilometres manages to give a fascinating insight into the historical events which left their mark on Garda Trentino

This trail tells the story of different episodes in Twentieth century history, winding through beautiful natural surroundings, the most northerly holly oak woodlands in Europe and many other species of vegetation. It leads you from the oolite quarries and the ruined houses of the miners who quarried the stone up to the trenches from the Great War.

Today the oolite quarries are climbing walls where you can see top athletes challenging their skills on very demanding routes. If you can spare the time, stop off for a while and watch their slow progress on the rock.

Difficulty: Hiking paths

Parking place at the bridge - Arco

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Parking place at the bridge - Arco

Da Nago alla cima del Monte Altissimo - All mountain + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 1:58Distance: 3,8Ascent: 741

Monte Altissimo is one of the most popular destinations with hikers in Garda Trentino who are drawn by its wonderful lake views which change with every bend along the trail.

This trail is a section of the Peace Trail or Sentiero della Pace in Trentino, a long-distance trail which touches on points of major interest on what was the Front during the Great War. All the mountainside above Nago bears traces of the Austro-Hungarian defences, tunnels and barricades which recall the distant days of the First World War.

This trek is through the Monte Baldo Local Nature Reserve, a protected area notable for its exceptional biodiversity. Monte Baldo has been renowned since the 15th century for its extraordinary variety of plants and flowers and known as the “Garden of Europe”.

Difficulty: MiddlePrati di Nago -

Hut Rifugio Damiano Chiesa - Monte Altissimo

Dal lago di Tenno a Canale, una passeggiata nel verde - Hiking trail+ INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 1:34Distance: 5,2Ascent: 39

Easy walk around Lake Tenno and as far as Canale, a medieval village belonging to the club of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy.


This walks touches on two points of particular interest in Garda Trentino: Lake Tenno, one of the most pristine lakes in all of Italy, and the nearby medieval village of Canale di Tenno, where time seems to have stood still. This is a very easy trek without any serious elevation gain, a walk suited to everyone.

Curious fact: This lake is prone to dramatic changes in the water level to such an extent that the little island often turns into a peninsula in summer so that you can walk out to it on foot.


Lake Tenno is famed for the colour of its water which varies from turquoise to emerald green according to the season. It is safe to swim in the lake and it is a popular destination in summer for people who just want to relax on the rocky beaches.

The Tenno area is part of the nature reserve of the UNESCO Biosphere "Alpi Ledrensi e Judicaria", a prestigious award which identifies environments with a rich biodiversity and history which have been developed while maintain strong links between the area, tourism, farming and tradition.

Difficulty: Easy

Lake Tenno

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Lake Tenno

Castel Penede e Strada Santa Lucia - Hiking trail+ INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 1:08Distance: 3,3Ascent: 44

An easy hike through historic locations with a marvellous view over Lake Garda


Would you like to relive the feelings of the great German poet Goethe when he first looked out over Lake Garda? This trek follows in his footsteps on the historic Strada di Santa Lucia trail with the addition of an interesting stop-off to visit the ruins of Castel Penede


Can you imagine massive Venetian galleys being hauled over the mountains? Well, in 1439, this is precisely what happened. Brescia, an ally of Venice, was under threat from the Milanese troops and intervention was needed in their defence. The Venetians sailed up the River Adige with 25 boats and 6 galleys which were dismantled and transported with the help of 2000 oxen to the port of Torbole, passing through the Santa Lucia valley. In 1440 the little fleet defeated the Milanese and liberated Riva del Garda.

Difficulty: Easy

Nago

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Torbole sul Garda

Grande Guerra: sulla dorsale del Segrom fino a Malga Zures - All mountain + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 2:35Distance: 5,1Ascent: 451

A hike along the Austro-Hungarian line of defence, the imposing fortifications built at the turn of the Twentieth century to defend the southern border

There can be no doubt about the strategic importance of Garda Trentino for the Austro-Hungarian Empire given the number and scale of the fortifications above the shores of Lake Garda and the Segrom is a part of these. Barracks, trenches, tunnels and artillery positions bear witness to the complexity of this system and form a unique historic backdrop for a trek.

The first part of the hike follows the Sentiero della Pace or Peace Trail (signposted SAT 601), a long-distance trail which links up the most important places on the front lines during the Great War in Trentino. Here the trail largely overlaps with a military road built by the Austro-Hungarian army from 1880 onwards when work started to reinforce defences along the Italian border. The fortifications along the Segrom ridge date back to the same period and these are linked by trenches with the stronghold of Malga Zures, a considerable line of resistance in case of loss of the advanced position.

Difficulty: Middle

Traole - Nago

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Traole - Nago

Grande Guerra: Doss Casina e Dosso Alto - All mountain + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 3:04Distance: 6,5Ascent: 469

A hike through some of the First World War sites where the Italian Futurists fought

This area of the Alto Garda bears many traces of the First World War. Malga Zures, fortified by the Austro-Hungarians with a complex system of tunnels was a particularly important point on the Front and the target of a particularly violent assault by the Italian army in 1915. The position was held by the imperial troops until the end of the war, but the Italians took up position in the immediate vicinity at Doss Casina (which became the hub of the Italian front line), as well as Doss Remit and Dosso Alto.

During the early months of the war, a number of Italian Futurists who belonged to the Battaglione Volontari Ciclisti e Automobilisti (Voluntary Cyclist and Automobile Driver Battalion) were posted at Doss Casina: these included Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Umberto Boccioni, Mario Sironi, Luigi Russolo, Antonio Sant'Elia and Antonio Bucci. For these artists and intellectuals, the experience on the Front was an unforgettable experience which they speak about in their private correspondence and diaries but also in their sound poetry and the “Manifesto of Futurism – Italian Pride”.

Difficulty: Middle

Malga Zures - Nago

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Malga Zures - Nago

Grande Guerra: Sentiero della Memoria - All mountain + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 3:59Distance: 10,6Ascent: 721

A hike on the slopes of Monte Altissimo which aims to link up some of the most important locations on the Front Line of the Great War in Garda Trentino

The Austro-Hungarian and Italian defences faced one another on Monte Altissimo and this was the setting for some of the bloodiest episodes of the war in Garda Trentino. The area still has many traces of that period: trenches, tunnels, barracks and tracks which bear witness to the strategic importance of this area. There is also a little war cemetery along the trail, a touching memorial to those who died in the war

The trail runs in part along the track used by the Trento refugees fleeing to Italy before the Great War from Austro-Hungarian territory in order to avoid conscription in the Imperial army. The trail is dedicated to Domenico Rigotti, a mountain guide from Nago who was a key figure aiding those who wanted to cross the border. Between 1914 and 1915, Rigotti helped over a hundred people to escape to Italy, including a number of bourgeois intellectuals from Lake Garda. He was forced to abandon his “guide service” and flee to Italy himself in order to avoid being arrested when a local spy reported on his activities

Difficulty: Middle

Malga Zures - Nago

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Malga Zures - Nago

WWI: from S. Giovanni to Cima Rocca - All mountain + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 3:10Distance: 6,1Ascent: 613

This trail is highly recommended for all history fans: a visit to the system of tunnels in Cima Rocca together with breathtaking views of Lake Garda

The Great War left indelible traces all over Garda Trentino and here they are clearly visible and tangible. In this area you can see the vast forces brought into play by the Austro-Hungarian army in order to protect this crucial border, constructing defences which from our modern perspective are hard to believe were possible

There is a complex and articulated system of tunnels in Cima Rocca. The many branches, closed off to the public for safety reasons are proof of the intentions of the Austro-Hungarian army to further expand the fortifications and unite the lower and upper parts of the tunnel system

Difficulty: Difficult

Biacesa - Ledro

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Cima Rocca

Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 2:00Distance: 2,5Ascent: 190

Access

From the car park of the Marocche Nature Reserve (which is on your left as you come up the SP 84 towards Drena), head down the main road . After a hundred metres you come to a dirt track with a signpost for Rio Sallagoni. Follow this track and in a few minutes it will take you to the entrance of the canyon.

Ascent

You get past the first rocky outcrop by heading up to the left of the waterfall with the help of some stirrups, then begin the long traverse in the ravine where there are a few more difficult sections for younger kids. You then come to a more open area with dense vegetation and waterfalls. You can stay on the path to the left side of the ravine (3) or ford the stream and cross the waterfall on a Tibetan hanging bridge (4). In a few minutes along a series of steps you come to a passage between huge boulders (5) and shortly after, crossing a second Tibetan bridge (7) – which you can avoid if you stick to the right and take the trail (6) – you come to a little wooden bridge across the stream. This is the end of the bolted section and in a short time the trail leads to Drena Castle.
The ravine continues but for now it has no bolted chains (8).

Return

From the Castle, head west towards the Sarca Valley and down the trail which will take you past the entrance to the canyon and back to the car park in about 20 minutes.

Difficulty: Easy

Parking place - Riserva delle Marocche - S.P. 8

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Castle of Drena

Grande Guerra: Cima Nodice e la “Scala Santa” - All mountain + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 1:48Distance: 3,2Ascent: 311

A short hike in the mountains sheer above Lake Garda following the trail of the First World War

This itinerary ,which can be extended in the direction of the Bal and Nara peaks, gives you a chance to discover some of the lesser known trails in Garda Trentino which in addition to breathtaking views also have clearly visible traces of the Great War

The top of Monte Nodice is scattered with trenches and defence posts in caves built during the First World War. There are even writings left on the cave walls by the soldiers!

Difficulty: Middle

Pregasina

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Cima Nodice

Giro del Monte Calino, la "montagna di Tenno" - All mountain + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 5:01Distance: 11,2Ascent: 726

This hike is all about Monte Calino whose chapel and adjacent mountain hut San Pietro are visible from Riva del Garda. It is like a natural balcony overlooking the Busa as locals call the Basso Sarca plain

The hike is all through natural surroundings: first it winds up through the steep hillside farmland around Tenno and Calvola with its typical drystone walls. It then plunges into the woods where the vegetation changes with the altitude. You have to stop off at the mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro which is the main focus of the hike and serves excellent food and rest.

The hike can be shortened by cutting out the steep climb from Tenno and leaving the car at the junction for Ranciom/Treni where you can park for free. This eliminates most of the uphill section and turns the hike into a relaxing walk in the woods.

Difficulty: Middle

Tenno

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Mountain hut San Pietro - Monte Calino

Sulla cima del Monte Misone - All mountain + INFO (GPX KML)Duration: h 2:40Distance: 4,5Ascent: 836

Monte Misone is a solitary peak on the north-west end of Lake Garda. Perhaps it is less well-known than the other mountains around the lake but the panorama from its summit is a memory you will treasure forever.

The trail up Monte Misone starts out with a very steep stretch but don't worry, it soon levels out and you have a marvellous view of Lake Tenno, its vivid blue standing out against the mountains below.

Once you have been to the summit and got back to your starting point, it only takes a few minutes to get to the mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro. Apart from its panoramic terrace, the hut also offers traditional local dishes. Don't miss this chance to refuel after your hike with some delicious food.
When you get back down, take time to stop off at Canale di Tenno, voted one of the most Beautiful Villages of Italy. The medieval historic centre has remained intact and gives the impression of a place where time stands still.

Difficulty: Middle

Car park by Calino

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Caminacol peak - Monte Misone