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Hidden Treasures: The agricultural terraces of Tenno

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  • San Lorenzo, little church in Frapporta
    / San Lorenzo, little church in Frapporta
    Photo: V. Bellotti, Garda Trentino
  • The agricultural terraces in Tenno, lake Garda in the background
    / The agricultural terraces in Tenno, lake Garda in the background
    Photo: IAT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • View on lake Garda
    / View on lake Garda
    Photo: V. Bellotti, Garda Trentino
Map / Hidden Treasures: The agricultural terraces of Tenno
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An itinerary in stages which passes through the oldest part of Tenno and the surrounding agricultural terraces with a magnificent view over the northern end of Lake Garda and the Alto Garda area.

easy
5.3 km
1:45 h
127 m
123 m

Tenno castle overlooks the Alto Garda area at the northern end of the lake. The medieval village of Frapporta sprang up around its walls and still retains its original layout today. Here you will also find the Romanesque church of San Lorenzo with the oldest frescos in Trentino. A short distance away, on the more gradual slope of the valley, the inhabitants of Tenno have left their mark over the centuries, modelling the hillside with drystone walls supporting the terraces where grapevines and olives are grown.

From here there is an unparalleled view over Lake Garda and the “busa”, as the flat land around the lake is called in local dialect. This itinerary joins up all these elements which are parts of a harmonious whole. And it is thanks to this very equilibrium between nature and human intervention that the Tenno area has been recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Author’s recommendation

Don't forget your camera: the Grom viewing point and the stroll through the terraces offer truly unforgettable views!

outdooractive.com User
Author
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: May 14, 2018

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
477 m
Lowest point
354 m
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Safety information

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.

Equipment

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!

Tips, hints and links

  • Not far from this trail you will find Bussè hill and a path through its typical Mediterranean woodland  which leads to a viewing point overlooking the upper lake (about 30 minutes). Just follow directions on the path which starts in the Town Hall car park.
  • The little church of San Lorenzo is open to the public at weekends in July and August. For further information and opening hours: www.gardatrentino.it
  • For more information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it

Start

Car park (Fire Station) - Tenno (416 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.918634, 10.832517
UTM
32T 642103 5086640

Destination

Car park (Fire Station) - Tenno

Turn-by-turn directions

Frapporta: 
Turn right at the car park in front of the fire station and then left into via Suprè which takes you to the narrow pointed archway which marks the entrance to the medieval village of Frapporta. Continue on straight through the village until you come to a fork: the road on the left takes you to a panoramic viewing point on the hill, the road on the right heads down to the ancient church of San Lorenzo. We recommend first going up to the viewing point (in the Grom pinewood), then taking the path to visit the church and coming back up on the road through the village.

Terraces:
When you come out the gate of the village keep to the right and pass in front of the castle. Watch out for traffic as you cross the road and head on down the footpath for about 100 metres before turning left into the road with the signpost for the loop “Anello Garda Sarca”. At the next junction continue along the main road which runs for several kilometres through the area of terraced farmland. When you come to the fork in the road at Fontanelle, turn left and after about one kilometre you will arrive at the car park of Tenno Town Hall. Take the steep narrow street on your left marked SAT 401 which takes you to the town centre. Head down to the left until you come to the main square. From here, continue on straight to the car park you started from which is on the other side of the road.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Tenno is connected to Riva del Garda and Ponte Arche by an infrequent daily bus. Info and timetables: www.gardatrentino.it

In the summer season you can also use the BiciBus service from and to Riva and Torbole (booking is advised at the Garda Trentino Tourist Offices – info and timetables: www.gardatrentino.it).

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it

Parking

Free car park at the Fire Station (via dei Laghi)

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • The “Hidden Treasures” map is available free of charge in the tourist information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole sul Garda

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
5.3 km
Duration
1:45 h
Ascent
127 m
Descent
123 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic Cultural/historical value Family friendly

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