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Garda Trek - Low Loop: in the heart of Garda Trentino

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  • The little church of San Lorenzo and the street leading to Frapporta in Tenno
    / The little church of San Lorenzo and the street leading to Frapporta in Tenno
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / The centre of Arco, end of the first stage
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / The river Sarca
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / View from the old "Maza"-road
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Ruins of Castel Penede in Nago
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / The little harbour in Torbole
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / View from the Bastione: Riva del Garda
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Chiesa di San Martino - Arco
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / The Castle of Arco from Laghel
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (ph. Vuilleumier), Garda Trentino
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GardaTrek Low Loop is an easy trek which allows you to explore the "Busa", the lowland area of Garda Trentino overlooking Lake Garda, and its main towns which are Riva del Garda, Tenno, Arco, Nago and Torbole sul Garda.
32.4 km
12:25 h
1145 m
1170 m
The Low Loop is divided into two stages: the first takes you from Riva del Garda to Arco, the second leads back to Riva from Arco, passing through Nago and Nago e Torbole sul Garda along the way. It is especially recommended for trekkers who don't want anything too demanding and want to enjoy their natural surroundings as well as find out all about the history of the area. The entire trek is clearly signposted.

Author’s recommendation

The trail mostly follows roads with little traffic, country tracks and well-signposted trails. The hike is divided into two stages and can be done all year round. It is also clearly marked with “GardaTrek – Low Loop” signposts.

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Valentina Bellotti
Updated: August 06, 2020

Highest point
512 m
Lowest point
62 m
Best time of year

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

  • Those who want to do the entire trek will need to stay overnight in Arco. We recommend staying in one of our Outdoor Friendly hospitality partners who offer special facilities for hikers.
  •  For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation:
     APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444


Riva del Garda - via Monte Oro (88 m)
45.886580, 10.837723
45°53'11.7"N 10°50'15.8"E
32T 642588 5083088


Riva del Garda

Turn-by-turn directions

The trek starts in Riva del Garda and climbs immediately to Bastione, then heads across the hillside to Tenno before descending gently through vineyards and olive groves to the centre of Arco. From here you head in the direction of Bosco Caproni and on to Bolognano before taking the old Maza road up to Nago. Head down to Torbole on the historic Santa Lucia road and from here take the cycle path along the lake shore back to Riva.

Stage 1
Riva del Garda (65 m) - Bastione (211 m) - Maddalena (270 m) - Foci-San Giacomo (155 m) - Deva (265 m) - San Lorenzo (330 m) - Tenno (406 m) - Novino (445 m ) - Valle del Tovo (490 m) - Falesia Baone (161 m) - Fontanelle - Arco (90 m)

Stage 2
Arco (90 m) - Moletta (90 m) - Vastrè (300 m) - San Martino (120 m) - Massone (116 m) - Bolognano (145 m) - Vignole (125 m) - Belvedere Marmitte dei Giganti (165 m) - Nago (215 m) - Castel Penede (270 m) - Strada Santa Lucia - Torbole (66 m) - Riva del Garda


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Towns and villages in Garda Trentino are well served by urban and inter-city bus lines which make it easy to get to different points along the trek. For information on bus timetables and routes:

Getting there

The start of the trail SAT 404 is in via Monte Oro in Riva del Garda, near the covered pay parking.

How to get to Garda Trentino:  


The nearest car park is the garage in via Monte Oro (pay parking). Free parking is available at the old hospital in Riva del Garda (about 10 minutes on foot from the start of the trail)


45.886580, 10.837723
45°53'11.7"N 10°50'15.8"E
32T 642588 5083088
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

Book recommendations for this region:

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Recommended maps for this region:

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The trek presents no particular technical difficulties. Normal low altitude trekking gear is all that is needed.

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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32.4 km
1145 m
1170 m
Public transport friendly Loop Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value


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  • 2 Stages
moderate Stage 1
14 km
5:56 h
597 m
588 m
The first stage of the trek links the two main towns in Garda Trentino and takes you from Riva del Garda to Arco.
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moderate Stage 2
19.3 km
7:11 h
541 m
575 m
The second stage of the Low Loop takes you back to Riva del Garda, touching on Nago and Torbole, then following the lake shore to the point you ...
from Valentina Bellotti,   Garda Trentino
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