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Castel Penede and Strada Santa Lucia

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  • View from Castle Penede
    / View from Castle Penede
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  • / Castle Penede - Nago
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  • / Ruins of Castle Penede - Nago
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An easy hike through historic locations with a marvellous view over Lake Garda


3.1 km
1:05 h
45 m
191 m

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

Author’s recommendation

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. User
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: August 09, 2019

Highest point
260 m
Lowest point
69 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Al Fortino Bike Bar & Food

Safety information

This hike presents no particular technical difficulties and is an easy stroll through villages and countryside. It is always a good idea to bring water and a snack but in Nago and Torbole there are plenty of places where you can stop off for refreshments.

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.


You need to be wearing the right clothing and take the proper gear when you go hiking in the mountains. Even on relatively short easy outings make sure to take all you need so you don't run into trouble if things take an unexpected turn, for example a storm blows up or you have a sudden drop in energy levels.

What should you take when you go on a hike?

What you should have in your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do):

  • water canteen (1L)
  • snacks (e.g. mixed dried fruit or chocolate)
  • First aid kit
  • windproof jacket
  • fleece
  • change of t-shirt and socks (in a plastic bag)
  • make sure to wear or at least bring a pair of long trousers
  • hat
  • sun screen
  • sunglasses
  • gloves
  • whistle to attract attention in an emergency
  • emergency telephone number Mountain Rescue 118

Make sure you're wearing the right footwear for the trail and season.  The going can get rough and rocky underfoot and a pair of hiking boots will protect you from sprains.

When wet, a grassy slope, rocky slab or steep trail can be dangerous unless you are wearing the proper footwear.

And finally...
... don't forget to bring your camera! You'll need it to capture the stunning views you come across all over Garda Trentino. And if you like, you can share your memories with us at #GardaTrentino.

Tips, hints and links

  • Do you want to find out more about the story of Goethe and his arrival in  Garda Trentino? We suggest the trail in the "Hidden Treasures” series dedicated to the great German poet. To find out more, download the app for Android and IOS!
  • For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444


Nago (214 m)
45.878720, 10.888977
32T 646586 5082307


Torbole sul Garda

Turn-by-turn directions

From the car park, take care crossing the main road and continue on towards the town. Follow directions for the ruins of Castel Penede. Returning towards the town, head down to the right among the olive trees along Strada Santa Lucia which leads to Torbole. You can get back to where you started from by public transport.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

You can get to Nago on the number 3 urban bus or with the intercity bus Riva - Rovereto - Trento.
Info and bus times on
The same bus lines take you back from Torbole to the point you started from.

Getting there

You can get to Nago by taking the road strada statale 240 (about 7 km from Riva del Garda, about 12 km from the toll-booth Rovereto Sud - Lago di Garda nord)


The free car park (starting point for the hike) is at the roundabout at the start of the town (via del Trenim).

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

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

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Questions & answers

Question about Giuseppe Berti · August 08, 2019 · Community
si può andare col passeggino?
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Answer by Valentina Bellotti · August 09, 2019 · Garda Trentino
Buongiorno Giuseppe! È possibile arrivare a Castel Penede con un passeggino da trekking (strada di accesso sterrata). Anche la strada Santa Lucia è fattibile, ma per imboccarla deve ripercorrere la strada di accesso principale e attraversare Nago. Il nostro itinerario, nel tratto dal castello verso il centro, interessa un sentiero stretto e con alcune scale, non adatto al passeggino. Buona passeggiata!


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3.1 km
1:05 h
45 m
191 m
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