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View from the old Ponale

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  • Ponale e Brione sullo sfondo
    / Ponale e Brione sullo sfondo
    Photo: Voglino e Porporato, Consorzio Pro Loco Valle di Ledro
  • Sentiero del Ponale
    / Sentiero del Ponale
    Photo: Roberto Vuilleumier, Consorzio Pro Loco Valle di Ledro
  • Sentiero del Ponale
    / Sentiero del Ponale
    Photo: Roberto Vuilleumier, Consorzio Pro Loco Valle di Ledro
  • Zete
    / Zete
    Photo: APT Valle di Ledro, Consorzio Pro Loco Valle di Ledro
  • Strada del Ponale
    / Strada del Ponale
    Photo: Fabrizio Novali, Consorzio Pro Loco Valle di Ledro
  • Vista sul Lago di Garda
    / Vista sul Lago di Garda
    Photo: APT Valle di Ledro, Consorzio Pro Loco Valle di Ledro
  • / Zete della Ponale
    Photo: APT Valle di Ledro, Consorzio Pro Loco Valle di Ledro
  • / Vista su Riva del Garda
    Photo: APT Valle di Ledro, Consorzio Pro Loco Valle di Ledro
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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.

easy
4.2 km
1:30 h
380 m
380 m

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.

Author’s recommendation

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.

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APT Valle di Ledro
Updated: April 13, 2019

Difficulty
easy
Technique
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Highest point
396 m
Lowest point
119 m
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Rest Stop

Ponale Alto Belvedere

Safety information

Possible rockfall.

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.

Tips, hints and links

Further information on www.vallediledro.com 

Start

Biacesa (390 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.865293, 10.818205
UTM
32T 641128 5080688

Destination

Belvedere

Turn-by-turn directions

Take the Ponale path to the right of the tunnel linking Riva del Garda to Valle di Ledro. Follow the Ponale down to the viewpoint located near the café Ponale Alto Belvedere. Return along the same way.

It is possible to avoid walking back uphill by reaching Riva and taking a bus.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Trentino Trasporti

There: 214 bus Pregasina Bivio - Pieve di Ledro
And back: 214 bus Pieve di Ledro -  Pregasina Bivio

Further information and timetable

Getting there

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

Parking

Car park at the junction with the road to Pregasina.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Reviews

5.0
(1)
S S
August 13, 2019 · Community
Veramente spettacolare
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martedì 13 agosto 2019, 11:20
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
4.2 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
380 m
Descent
380 m
Public transport friendly Scenic With refreshment stops Family friendly Cultural/historical value

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