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Timeless panorama: the Ponale road

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Consorzio Pro Loco Valle di Ledro
  • Strada del Ponale
    / Strada del Ponale
    Photo: APT Valle di Ledro, Consorzio Pro Loco Valle di Ledro
  • Strada del Ponale
    / Strada del Ponale
    Photo: APT Valle di Ledro, Consorzio Pro Loco Valle di Ledro
  • Strada del Ponale
    / Strada del Ponale
    Photo: APT Valle di Ledro, Consorzio Pro Loco Valle di Ledro
  • Strada del Ponale
    / Strada del Ponale
    Photo: Roberto Vuilleumier, Consorzio Pro Loco Valle di Ledro
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Map / Timeless panorama: the Ponale road
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For more than a century the Ponale road has enchanted travellers. This route is ideal for all those who want to enjoy a nice walk and a breath-taking view over Lake Garda and the surrounding mountains. 

closed
easy
4.2 km
2:09 h
693 m
377 m

The road overlooks the northernmost part of Lake Garda and the lower Sarca. Mount Brione, between Riva and Torbole, and Mount Baldo can be seen in the distance. The vegetation is sparse and Mediterranean. It consists of cypresses and holm oaks that manage to grow through the rocks.

 

The Ponale road was paramount to hold Riva and the North Garda Lake, then at the border between the Austro-Hungarian Empire (to which Trentino belonged) and the Kingdom of Italy. Because of its strategical value to Austria-Hungary, it was at the centre of an extensive network of fortifications since 1860. 

Fort Teodosio dates back to this period. It owes its name to the finding of some coins from the reign of Emperor Theodosius. The fort was built to close off the road to those coming from Ledro. The port of Riva was defended by the Bellavista battery (or della Madonnina), just a few metres above the lake. The fortifications stopped Garibaldi from invading Trentino through Riva and forced him to go through the Giudicarie and Ledro.

 The construction of the Tagliata (barrier) del Ponale began in 1904. It was part of a defensive plan put in action by the Austro-Hungarian Army in the whole of Trentino. The Tagliata is a network of tunnels and passageways excavated in the rock. It starts at the height of the seventh tunnel coming up from Riva (150 m / 500 ft) and reaches down to the lake. From the road, embrasures and doors can still be seen. The Tagliata guaranteed Austria-Hungary the control of Riva throughout the First World War. Excavations did not stop until 1918.

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Austrion-Hungarian Fortifications

The Ponale road was paramount to hold Riva and the North Garda Lake, then at the border between the Austro-Hungarian Empire (to which Trentino belonged) and the Kingdom of Italy. Because of its strategical value to Austria-Hungary, it was at the centre of an extensive network of fortifications since 1860. 

Fort Teodosio dates back to this period. It owes its name to the finding of some coins from the reign of Emperor Theodosius. The fort was built to close off the road to those coming from Ledro. The port of Riva was defended by the Bellavista battery (or della Madonnina), just a few metres above the lake. The fortifications stopped Garibaldi from invading Trentino through Riva and forced him to go through the Giudicarie and Ledro.

 The construction of the Tagliata (barrier) del Ponale began in 1904. It was part of a defensive plan put in action by the Austro-Hungarian Army in the whole of Trentino. The Tagliata is a network of tunnels and passageways excavated in the rock. It starts at the height of the seventh tunnel coming up from Riva (150 m / 500 ft) and reaches down to the lake. From the road, embrasures and doors can still be seen. The Tagliata guaranteed Austria-Hungary the control of Riva throughout the First World War. Excavations did not stop until 1918.

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APT Valle di Ledro
Updated: 2018-11-28

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Rest Stop

Ponale Alto Belvedere

Safety information

Where fences are missing, families with children should be particularly cautious. Bikers must limit their speed and be aware of pedestrians. The road is unpaved.

Tips, hints and links

Further information on www.vallediledro.com

OPEN AGAIN FROM APRIL 21!

Turn-by-turn directions

Take the path that starts just before the tunnel for Pregasina or alternatively go through the old tunnel to the right of the new one linking Ledro to Riva. The two routes meet in proximity to the Ponale Alto Belvedere cafè, an ideal spot to enjoy the view over the Ponale waterfall. The Ponale road reaches Riva (Località Monte Oro) near the hydroelectric power plant.

 

 

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Trentino Trasporti

There: 214 bus Riva del Garda - Pregasina bivio
And back: Pregasina bivio - Riva del Garda

Timetable on Trentino Trasporti Esercizio

Getting there

Exit the A22 motorway at Rovereto Sud - Lago di Garda. Follow the SS240 della Val di Ledro to the crossroads towards Pregasina.

Parking

Car park at the crossroads.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

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Ami M Punkt
2018-09-23
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2018-08-20
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2018-08-20
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
4.2 km
Duration
2:09 h
Ascent
693 m
Descent
377 m
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