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24. The Great War: The Memorial Trail

Mountain tour · Garda Trentino
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  • Ruins from WWI along the trail
    / Ruins from WWI along the trail
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Malga Zures
    Photo: A. Pizzato -, Garda Trentino
  • / Board at Malga Zures with pics and info about WW1
    Photo: A. Pizzato -, Garda Trentino
  • / A find dating back to WW1 near Malga Zures
    Photo: A. Pizzato -, Garda Trentino
  • / Park Monte Baldo
    Photo: Parco Monte Baldo, Garda Trentino
  • / Chamois on Monte Baldo
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (Ph. G. P. Calzà), Garda Trentino
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A hike on the slopes of Monte Altissimo which aims to link up some of the most important locations on the Front Line of the Great War in Garda Trentino
11.1 km
5:00 h
620 m
620 m

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

Author’s recommendation

The trail runs in part along the track used by the refugees fleeing to Italy before the Great War from Austro-Hungarian territory. 
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Valentina Bellotti
Updated: October 27, 2020
Highest point
Malga Casina, 1,157 m
Lowest point
Malga Zures, 583 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

  • The trail passes "Baita della Selva" (1085 m), an old shelter for woodcutters and haymakers built by the local authority of Nago-Torbole. Today it is always open and it's an ideal place to stop off for a short rest.
  • For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation: APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444


Malga Zures - Nago (695 m)
45.858469, 10.898549
45°51'30.5"N 10°53'54.8"E
32T 647382 5080075


Malga Zures - Nago

Turn-by-turn directions

You reach Varno from the pasture of Malga Zures, crossing the trenches, artillery posts, tunnels and barracks built by the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies during World War I. Continue uphill towards the military camp “Dos del Mosca” and continue as far as “Bait della Selva” at 1092 metres above sea level. Once you get to Spigol del Pra Paolin (1170 m), you start to come down again to Acqua d’Oro and then head towards Garbegne, another military camp. Continue on down to Dosso Alto, past the War Cemetery and kitchens of Sasso Sega with all the memorial plaques. From here you return to Malga Zures.


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Public transport

There are no public transport connections to Malga Zures.

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino:  

You can get to Malga Zures from Nago by the tarmac road for Monte Baldo (approx. 10 km)


Free parking at Malga Zures


45.858469, 10.898549
45°51'30.5"N 10°53'54.8"E
32T 647382 5080075
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: 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.

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