From war to peace: the walkway linking the Austrian fortifications dating back to the Great War now makes for a beautiful itinerary for history enthusiasts, hiking lovers and those who just want to enjoy a great view. Return along the Ponale path, once the main link between Valle di Ledro and Riva del Garda and battleground during the Great War. The rock formations and the vegetation, influenced by the mild climate of Lake Garda, give to the landscape a Mediterranean-like appearance.
The Defensionsmauer (i.e. Defensive barrier) is a fortification complex located above the Ponale road and fortification complex. Both were built in defence of Riva del Garda and Valle di Ledro. During the First World War, Valle di Ledro was located at the border between the Habsburg Empire, to which it belonged, and the Kingdom of Italy. The civil population was evacuated from the valley floor (for the most part to Bohemia) while corps of Kaiserjäger, Kaiserschützen and Alpini fought for the control of Valle di Ledro and the surrounding mountains.
For more than a century, the belvedere along the Ponale path has been one of the favourite viewpoints of the hikers who walk along the old road between Valle di Ledro and Riva del Garda. On the other side of the valley the beautiful Ponale waterfall can be seen in the distance.
Caution! Danger of rock fall
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.
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Exit the A22 motorway at Rovereto Sud – Lago di Garda. Follow the SS240 della Val di Ledro to Biacesa. Further options
Car park by the helipad just outside the village of Biacesa.