An easy walk between Torbole sul Garda and Nago which links up various places of worship and other signs of the religious faith of the local farming communities.
The trail links up a number of different places connected with the religious faith of local farming communities: chapels and shrines which were once a vital point of reference for the local inhabitants. The devotion of the local people is evident from the frequency of such religious structures in the towns and surrounding countryside.
The trail starts in the centre of Torbole and follows back roads as far as the pass Passo San Giovanni, the gateway to Garda Trentino.
The return stretch involves the historic road “Via di Santa Lucia” which in 1439 was the route used in what is known as “Galeas per Montes”. Brescia, an ally of Venice, was under threat from the Milanese troops and the Venetians needed to come to their aid. So they sailed up the River Adige with 25 barges and 6 galleys, which were then dismantled and transported by 2000 oxen to the harbour of Torbole, passing through the Santa Lucia valley. In 1440 the little fleet defeated the Milanese and conquered Riva del Garda.
Along the Via di Santa Lucia you can follow in the footsteps of Goethe with the itinerary “In Torbole with Goethe”.
The Hidden Treasures itineraries were designed in order to give visitors a chance to get to know places in Garda Trentino that are off the beaten track. For this reason, the signposting is not always in the same style and sometimes missing altogether. We therefore recommend you to take a good map with you on these excursions. And then bear in mind your general reference points: Lake Garda = South, Monte Stivo = East, Rocchetta = West, Arco Castle = North.
The telephone number for the emergency services is 112.
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.
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):
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.
Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it
In Torbole, free parking in Via Strada Granda or in the Busatte district. Pay parking in the Parcheggio Panorama and Lungolago Conca d'Oro.
In Nago you can find free car parking in the “Al Coel” car park which you enter from the roundabout (not suitable for campers or long vehicles).