An itinerary dedicated to what used to the be sanatoriums for tubercolosis in the town of Arco, with reference to the testimonial of Vasco Pratolini and other writers of the early 20th century.
At the turn of the 20th century Arco was a thriving health and holiday resort in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (“Kurort”), popular with the Habsburg nobility and high society. After the Great War, the abandoned villas and grand hotels were converted into sanatoriums for the care of tuberculosis which was rampant at the time.
This itinerary is based on what is left of these buildings, accompanied by the writings of numerous Italian and foreign authors who were guests in these health centres. These included the writer Vasco Pratolini (a patient here in 1933-35), the journalist and writer Goffredo Parise, writer Gesualdo Bufalino and the Hungarian writer and journalist Sandor Marai.
The Hidden Treasures itineraries were designed in order to give visitors a chance to get to know places in Garda Trentino that are off the beaten track. For this reason, the signposting is not always in the same style and sometimes missing altogether. We therefore recommend you to take a good map with you on these excursions. And then bear in mind your general reference points: Lake Garda = South, Monte Stivo = East, Rocchetta = West, Arco Castle = North.
The telephone number for the emergency services is 112.
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.
This excursion is quite simple and presents no particular difficulty. However, we still recommend you to wear suitable footwear, a hat, sun screen and sunglasses. And be sure to bring water!
For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda: APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it
Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it
Free parking in Caneve (5 minutes on foot from the centre of Arco).
Pay parkng Foro Boario, Via Caproni Maini (Parcheggio al Ponte), Posta (Via Monache).