Narrow curves, tunnels excavated in the rock, breathtaking views over Lake Garda. A masterpiece of 19th century engineering has found a new life as a spectacular panoramic route.
A few dates. The works for the Ponale road began in 1847. In 1891 the road was opened to cars. Until 1990 the Ponale was the only connection between Riva del Garda and Valle di Ledro. After the opening of the tunnel, the Ponale was reconverted into a path in 2004.
The Ponale has been a battleground as well. During the First World War the Austrian army defended Riva (Festung Riva) from the attacks of the Italian soldiers thanks to a complex system of fortifications,the Tagliata del Ponale or Ponalesperre.
The belvedere at the end of the trek has been a beloved viewpoint for more than a century. The inscription on the wall of the little café is testimony to this: ‘Zur Terrasse. Mit herrlicher Aussicht’ (To the terrace. With wonderful view). From the terrace the eye is free to roam from Lake Garda to the waterfall of the Ponale torrent.
Exit the A22 motorway at Rovereto Sud – Lago di Garda. Follow the SS240 della Val di Ledro up to the exit of the tunnel linking Valle di Ledro and Riva del Garda. Further options
Car park at the junction with the road to Pregasina.