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Hidden Treasures: The Heart of Dro, in the Sarca valley

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  • Sant'Abbondio church (Dro)
    / Sant'Abbondio church (Dro)
    Photo: IAT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • The protected area of the Marocche
    / The protected area of the Marocche
    Photo: Promovideo, Garda Trentino
  • The Marocche
    / The Marocche
    Photo: APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
Map / Hidden Treasures: The Heart of Dro, in the Sarca valley
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An easy walk around Dro, a small town in the Sarca Valley, from the central town square to the chapel of Sant'Abbondio on the hill of the same name

easy
5 km
1:22 h
73 m
74 m

In 1630 the community of Dro survived a devastating epidemic of the plague. In order to give thanks, in 1632 the townspeople made a solemn vow to St. Sebastiano and St. Rocco to celebrate on the first Saturday of every month for the rest of the year a procession to the chapel of Sant'Abbondio and a mass in honour of the saints. Since 1993, this event has been the subject of a historical re-enactment called “the vow of Sant'Abbondio or the 12 Saturdays” which takes place in the last week of May.

This easy walk follows the route of the historical re-enactment of the Vow of Sant'Abbondio, which in turn retraces the footsteps of the faithful in centuries past. 

The chapel of Sant'Abbondio is mentioned for the first time in 1485, but probably dates back much further. The building has a single nave and has frescos from the mid-16th century.

Author’s recommendation

Don't forget to take your camera. This itinerary, along with a visit to the Marocche, has some truly fascinating sights!

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

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
175 m
Lowest point
113 m
Best time of year
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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

  • To complete your day in Dro, we recommend continuing on towards the Marocche area, the largest post-glacial rockslide in the entire Alps. Here in unique natural surroundings, you can visit the area with the Marocche itinerary, The valleys of the Moon.
  • For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it

Start

Dro - Piazza Repubblica (123 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.961350, 10.910827
UTM
32T 648061 5091528

Destination

Dro - Piazza Repubblica

Turn-by-turn directions

Leave from Piazza Repubblica in Dro and continue towards the north end of the square. Leaving the Town Hall on your right, continue along via Battisti and cross the bridge. Following the SAT 425 signposting  (“Molinei – Pietramurata”), turn onto a trail which continues for little under a kilometre. At the intersection for the trail “Sentiero delle  cavre” turn right towards the sports field. Continue on down towards via Battisti, and turn northwards in the direction of the hill. When you get to the car park, turn onto the trail at the information panel and follow the path as it winds uphill to the church of Sant'Abbondio. To get back to Dro, just follow via Battisti the way you came without any detours until you come to the town.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Dro is connected with other towns in Garda Trentino and with Trento by means of an intercity bus service (lines 304 and 305) Information and opening hours: www.gardatrentino.it

Getting there

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

Parking

The car parks in via Battisti, Piazza Garibaldi, Via Capitelli (side streets off Piazza Repubblica) are the nearest to the starting point of the itinerary. There is free car parking at the base of the hill of Sant'Abbondio, halfway along the trail.

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 km
Duration
1:22 h
Ascent
73 m
Descent
74 m
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