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.
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.
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.
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Public transport friendly
There: 214 bus Pregasina Bivio - Pieve di Ledro And back: 214 bus Pieve di Ledro - Pregasina Bivio