The Austro-Hungarian and Italian defences faced one another on Monte Altissimo and this was the setting for some of the bloodiest episodes of the war in Garda Trentino. The area still has many traces of that period: trenches, tunnels, barracks and tracks which bear witness to the strategic importance of this area. There is also a little war cemetery along the trail, a touching memorial to those who died in the war.
The trail is dedicated to Domenico Rigotti, a mountain guide from Nago who was a key figure aiding those who wanted to cross the border. Between 1914 and 1915, Rigotti helped over a hundred people to escape to Italy, including a number of bourgeois intellectuals from Lake Garda. He was forced to abandon his “guide service” and flee to Italy himself in order to avoid being arrested when a local spy reported on his activities
Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it
You can get to Malga Zures from Nago by the tarmac road for Monte Baldo (approx. 10 km)
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):
Emergency telephone number: 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.
... 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.