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Garda Trentino Xmas Trail

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  • View from the Bastione: Riva del Garda
    View from the Bastione: Riva del Garda
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino, North Lake Garda Trentino
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The complete GardaTrentino Xmas Trail, a low altitude trail suitable for the autumn/winter season! 
Distance 30.7 km
6:25 h
1,311 m
1,313 m
535 m
62 m
This is a circular route, starting and finishing in Torbole sul Garda, which runs along the rim of Garda Trentino passing through the municipalities of Riva, Tenno, Arco and Nago-Torbole and climbing up to the highest point near Monte Corno.

The first part up to Arco is characterised by a rather lively route both in the variety of the surface and in the alternation of climbs (from Riva up to Tenno) and descents (a dive from Tenno up to Arco through the olive grove, interrupted only by the spectacular single track on the Rio Bordellino).The second part, on the other hand, features a long climb from Bolognano to the highest part of the route near Monte Corno, which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the entire lake. From here the route descends towards Nago, first passing through the chestnut grove and then along a path along the slabs, which is wide and equipped with guardrails, but which requires a certain amount of attention (especially on wet ground).At Nago there is one last little effort: a short climb to the Penede castle area, from where you then sprint down the historic Santa Lucia road (watch out for the cobbled section).

The route can also be covered in two stages (return by bus from Arco).

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There are numerous historical and scenic spots to pass through, it would be a shame not to photograph them! 
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Update: January 10, 2022
Highest point
Monte Corno, 535 m
Lowest point
Torbole, 62 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 35.29%Dirt road 32.93%Forested/wild trail 2.58%Path 26.24%Road 2.92%
10.8 km
Dirt road
10.1 km
Forested/wild trail
0.8 km
8.1 km
0.9 km
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Safety information

The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason, we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case, the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.

Tips and hints

For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 


Torbole - Piazzetta Lietzmann (67 m)
45.869328, 10.874183
45°52'09.6"N 10°52'27.1"E
32T 645462 5081237
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Torbole - Piazzetta Lietzmann

Turn-by-turn directions

Departure from Piazzetta Lietzmann in Torbole sul Garda to take the lakeside promenade into the centre of Riva del Garda. After crossing the old town centre, follow the signs for the Bastion and after a few bends continue to the right along the dirt road, following the signs for Santa Maria Maddalena/Garda Trek Medium/Top. 

At Foci San Giacomo, continue towards Deva and, after climbing up to the Church of San Lorenzo, turn right onto the slope that leads to the GROM viewpoint. Having passed through the historic village of Frapporta, you arrive at the village of Tenno and, near the town hall, follow the signs for the 'Bussè nature trail'. You then join the Pil trail, which, after a short even stretch, leads to Volta di No. Shortly after the signs for Varignano (a stretch of cemented road), on the left (near a large pylon) is the little path that crosses the Rio Bordellino (watch out for the small wooden bridge to cross). Continuing to the right after the bridge, you come to the road for Padaro, climb it briefly and take the diversion on the right for Olivaia di Arco, which you follow all the way to the Rilke Promenade under the Castle of Arco (turn left immediately after the balcony/viewpoint) to reach the Arco bridge. 

From the bridge for the cycle path over the Sarca, take the subway and then follow the signs for Massone and, just before the church of San Martino, turn right uphill (Via della Scaletta), continuing straight ahead, with the village of Massone behind you. As soon as you leave Massone, take the dirt road of the olive grove on the left that leads through Bolognano (Via Saibanti). Take Via Cacciatori and continue straight on, leaving the asphalt road and, immediately after the barrier, continue straight on the trail that cuts through the main forestry road (also follow the gpx track). At the first fork, turn right and follow the signs for Busa dei Capitani, taking the descent on the right at the next fork in the road. When you reach the area of the wartime constructions, keep to the right and tackle the last uphill bends that lead to a steep descent (be careful!). From here then turn right and follow the signs for "Stütztpunkt Perlone". 

From the viewpoint, descend to the right and take the path from Busa dei Capitani (turn left at the bottom of the steps) which leads to a large opening (another viewpoint); keeping to the right, along the wide forest road, a little further on you will find a trail on the left which leads to Castagneto di Nago. From here, descend towards Nago, paying attention on the short, steep and equipped final descent. Go through the centre of Nago in the direction of Forte Alto and continue along the dirt road (Via Castel Penede) that surrounds the castle of the same name. Finally, descend towards Torbole along the ancient Strada di Santa Lucia. From the centre of Torbole, it is a short distance to the starting point.


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Public transport


The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda and Arco – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings.

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes:  

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: 

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino:  


Free parking in Torbole in the Busatte Park

More Pay parking at the Panorama parking area and along the lakefront Lungolago Conca d'Oro 


45.869328, 10.874183
45°52'09.6"N 10°52'27.1"E
32T 645462 5081237
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Author’s map recommendations

Garda Trentino TREKKING Map - On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole 

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30.7 km
6:25 h
1,311 m
1,313 m
Highest point
535 m
Lowest point
62 m
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