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20. Busatte – Tempesta Trail, a classic of Garda Trentino

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  • Busatte - Tempesta
    / Busatte - Tempesta
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  • / The Busatte - Tempesta trail
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  • / Torbole
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  • / Along the Busatte - Tempesta trail
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  • / Trail Busatte-Tempesta: the stairs
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  • / View from the Trail Busatte-Tempesta
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  • / mountain hike at Lake Garda: 20. Busatte – Tempesta Trail, a classic of Garda Trentino
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The Busatte - Tempesta Trail is one of the most well-known and popular hikes in the area. 
8.1 km
3:25 h
305 m
306 m
The trek leads up a steep mountainside sheer above the lake through dense Mediterranean vegetation. The main feature of this hiking trail are the marvellous views and the iron ladders on the steep walls of rock overlooking lake Garda: they counts more than 400 steps, so be ready to climb! 

At the end of the path you can walk back taking the forest road or continue on the road to the bus stop on the main road to go back by bus. 

Author’s recommendation

Curious fact: during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Tempesta actually marked the Italian border.
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Updated: November 13, 2020
Highest point
Stairs, 369 m
Lowest point
Tempesta, 152 m
Best time of year
Exposition / cardinal direction

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.

Tips, hints and links

  • For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation: 
    APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444


Busatte Park - Torbole sul Garda (156 m)
45.865944, 10.881531
45°51'57.4"N 10°52'53.5"E
32T 646042 5080874



Turn-by-turn directions

From Park Busatte’s grassy area you head off for a spectacular hike along the Busatte–Tempesta trail, a  nature route overhanging the lake which winds for 4 km and includes flights of metal stairs with a total of  400 steps.  The route is mostly even with two climbs: Corno di Bò and Salt de la Cavra. This 90 minute hike through  wonderful scenery, right above the lake in the midst of nature, flowers and geological phenomena, leads  you to Tempesta.

From here you walk back to Torbole: at the junction with the road leading down to Tempesta, just go up the road till you reach againg the Busatte - Tempesta path near the first stairs or you can descend to Tempesta and the main road and go back to Torbole by bus of the A.P.T.V. line. 


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Public transport


To get back to Torbole from Tempesta you can take the buses on the  Verona - Malcesine - Riva del Garda line. For bus times: .
Bus tickets can be bought on board the bus with a supplementary charge or can be bought in advance at the Garda Trentino Tourist Information Offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole.

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: 


There is free car parking in the Busatte park


45.865944, 10.881531
45°51'57.4"N 10°52'53.5"E
32T 646042 5080874
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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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 112


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.

Questions and answers

Question from Gerard Versseput · September 10, 2019 · Community
My wife is blind and Wales with her guidedog. Can she do this trail?
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Answer by Valentina Bellotti · September 10, 2019 · Garda Trentino
Hello Mr. Versseput, the trail in general is not difficult, but there are more than 400 steps on metal ladders, so it depends on her confidence with walking on different surfaces. Moreover, the ladders are made of a metal grill so we know that some dogs can have problems with the feeling of emptiness. I hope this is helpful!
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Laura Rech
January 31, 2021 · Community
Bellissimo sentiero da fare in tutte le stagione dell’anno.
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Photo: Laura Rech, Community
Photo: Laura Rech, Community
Sandro Trainotti
November 29, 2020 · Community
Bellissima passeggiata con vista stupenda su lago di Garda. Molto suggestivi i passaggi sulle scalinate in ferro fissate sulle rocce a strapiombo. Difficile trovare parcheggio alle Busatte.
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Completed this Route on October 25, 2020
Kai Ferdinandt
July 26, 2019 · Community
Hallo. Es lohnt sich mehr, wie von anderen schon gepostet, zuerst nach Tempesta mit dem Bus zu fahren, und dann den Weg nach Torbole zurück. Die Treppen zwischendurch sind was anstrengend wird aber mit einem wunderschönen Ausblick belohnt.
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Completed this Route on July 26, 2019
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8.1 km
3:25 h
305 m
306 m
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