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Laghel, echoes of literature and religious devotion

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A trail which winds along the Stations of the Cross celebrated in the poetry of R. M. Rilke

5.4 km
1:47 h
222 m
222 m

An easy trail winding through the olive grove of Arco and, in part, along the ancient Stations of the Cross which leads to Laghel, a little valley not far from Arco.

Author’s recommendation

Laghel is famous for its vanishing lake or“non-existing lake”. When there is heavy rain, a little lake forms in the centre of the valley but then it soaks back into the ground and disappears once more. User
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: August 09, 2019

Highest point
363 m
Lowest point
141 m
Best time of year

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.


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

  • If you would like to discover other places which inspired the poet Rilke, we recommend the Rilke Promenade, the itinerary dedicated to the great German poet,  from the series "Hidden Treasures".  To follow the trail step by step with map, excerpts from poems and detailed information, download the free 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


Arco - Archducal Park (141 m)
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Turn-by-turn directions

From the centre of Arco head up in the direction of the Archduke's Park and Laghel. Follow the old Stations of the Cross up a valley with olive trees growing on either side. When you come to the Chapel of Santa Maria di Laghel, keep to the left at the junction and you almost immediately come to another left turn along a paved road which soon becomes a dirt track. You pass beneath a rocky outcrop, and on the right there is the Laghel sinkhole with its temporary lake.  Continue along the easy trail with lovely views of the Laghel Valley below and Monte Colodri until you come to a dirt track. Turn right and follow the track as far as Fontane. After the bar blocking the track, take the trail on the right which leads down to the tarmac road which takes you back to Santa Maria di Laghel and the way to Arco.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Arco is served by a number of bus lines, in particular the two urban lines (numbers 1 and 2) which connect Riva del Garda with Torbole sul Garda. For bus times:

Getting there

From the toll-booth Rovereto Sud - Lago di Garda nord, take SP 3 and then strada statale 204 as far as Nago. From there, ss 240 in the direction of Arco. 
Further info about how to get to Garda Trentino: 


There are a number of free (for example, near the post office and along via dei Capitelli) and pay car parks in Arco .

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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1:47 h
222 m
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