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  • Foto d'epoca: la strada del Ponale
    / Foto d'epoca: la strada del Ponale
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  • / Il sentiero del Ponale
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  • / Il sentiero del Ponale
    Photo: Fabrizio Novali, Consorzio Pro Loco Valle di Ledro
  • / Vista sul belvedere
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  • / Valle di Ledro - Dive into the Nature
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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.


7.8 km
4:00 h
966 m
966 m

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.

Author’s recommendation

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. User
Apt Valle di Ledro
Updated: April 13, 2019

Highest point
462 m
Lowest point
89 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Ponale Alto Belvedere

Safety information

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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Turn-by-turn directions

Take Via del Dazì in Biacesa, turn right into Via dei Toiane and then right again into Via di Cimara. At the fork take the SAT 472 path leading to the Defensionsmauer (a war fortification). Turn onto the SAT 405 (Cima Capi) which later converges into the Ponale path. Follow the Ponale to Riva del Garda and then all the way back to Biacesa.


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Public transport

Public transport friendly

Trentino Trasporti

There: 214 bus Riva del Garda - Biacesa
And back: 214 bus Biacesa - Riva del Garda

Further information and timetable

Getting there

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.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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7.8 km
966 m
966 m
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