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Hidden Treasures: The Chestnut Trail

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  • The village Campi
    / The village Campi
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • The village of Campi
    / The village of Campi
    Photo: Fototeca Garda trentino spa, Garda Trentino
  • Chestnut grove near San Martino in Campi
    / Chestnut grove near San Martino in Campi
    Photo: M. Meiche, Garda Trentino
  • Chestnut grove in Campi
    / Chestnut grove in Campi
    Photo: M. Meiche, Garda Trentino
Map / Hidden Treasures: The Chestnut Trail
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This trail runs around the vale of Campi, a small mountain hamlet outside Riva del Garda: the focus of the walk are the monumental chestnut trees which have dominated this landscape for hundreds of years.

moderate
6.9 km
3:00 h
341 m
341 m

This is a hike in the form of a loop which joins up five of the chestnut groves in the Campi district, immersed in a lush green vale between Monte Tombio and Monte Parì.

Campi -  subdivided into a more densely populated centre and small clusters of houses which often bear the name of local families – is a hamlet which belongs to the municipality of Riva del Garda, nestled in a sheltered vale at the feet of the mountains. Situated on the road which connects Garda Trentino, Valle di Ledro and Giudicarie, the area has been inhabited and contested since before Roman times thanks to its strategic position. Today it is along the route of many hiking and mtb trails which wind along tracks and forestry roads in the surrounding woods.

A gastronomic stopoff point you can't afford to miss after the hike is Capanna Grassi, a mountain hut you can also get to by car which serves traditional local food which is wholesome and tasty. 

Author’s recommendation

Did you know? The "marone" is similar to a sweet chestnut but has larger dimensions and a different shape at the base.

outdooractive.com User
Author
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: February 11, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
919 m
Lowest point
613 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

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.

Equipment

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.

Tips, hints and links

  • The archeological site San Martino is one of the most important of Garda Trentino.
    A path through the woods, where you will come across strange figures sculpted in wood, takes you to the higher area of the site. Here excavations uncovered a place of worship dating back to Pre-Roman times (3rd- 1st century B.C.) which in the middle of the first century B.C. was converted into a Roman sanctuary (1st century B.C. - 4th century A.D.), with the addition of a monumental staircase which can still be used today. This building, perched at the edge of the cliff, offers a breathtaking view over the towns beneath. Another few minutes and you come to the ruins of a village abandoned due to fire in the 8th century A.D. Here you can just make out the ruins of a little church dedicated to San Martino (8th -18th century A.D.)
  • The sweet chestnut tree was widely grown in Trentino as elsewhere because of the major economic importance it had for mountain people who depended on it as a subsistence food. The fruit of this tree is highly nutritious and formed an important part of the local diet. Testimony to this are the numerous chestnut woods in Garda Trentino, including those in Drena, Pranzo, Tenno and Campi. Today the "maroni" (larger and tastier than normal chestnuts) play a major part in the menu for festivals and speciality menus for the autumn season.
  • For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it

Start

Campi (669 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.911279, 10.812687
UTM
32T 640584 5085787

Destination

Campi

Turn-by-turn directions

The itinerary starts from the church of San Rocco in the centre of Campi. Follow directions for the archaeological area of San Martino and head northwards up the steps to the church and then along the path. After visiting the archaeological area, continue to climb through the chestnut wood of the same name. At the junction with the paved road keep right and continue for about one kilometre along the road. Shortly after the end of the guardrail, take the first dirt road you come to on the left and go down as far as the first bend. At the next junction, turn right for the monumental Otene chestnut wood and head northeast through the trees as far as the century-old tree above the path.

When you get back to the junction, continue down the forestry road ,which on this stretch you can barely make out, as far as the road. Continue on down the road as far as the next junction where you turn right and come to the village. Shortly after, on the right-hand side on the hill, you come to the Parisi chestnut wood. Keep straight on as far as the end of the paved road, then at the next junction turn left following the path to Righi. At the junction in the village, keep to the right and continue. The Righi chestnut wood is on the right of the road (an optional visit, at this point go back to the boundary stone). Keep going straight down the farm track for about 500 metres, then follow the path on the left which brings you back to the paved road near the old church of San Rocco.

Continue on down the road as far as the next village (Zucchetti) and keep to the left, still along the road, in the direction of the parish church to get to the end of the itinerary.

Getting there

You can get to Campi from Riva del Garda by the road SS 240 and then, turning left, SP 37: after the town of Pranzo, turn left at the fork and you will soon come to Campi (about 12 km from Riva).

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it

Parking

There are some parking spaces near the church. Along the trail, there are more free parking spaces at the San Martino archaeological area.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • The “Hidden Treasures” map is available free of charge in the tourist information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole sul Garda

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
6.9 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
341 m
Descent
341 m
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