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Hidden Treasures: The Teacher's Trail

Mountain tour · Lake Garda
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  • The Sarca Valley, view from the "Schoolteacher's Trail"
    / The Sarca Valley, view from the "Schoolteacher's Trail"
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
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An excursion from Dro to the mountain hamlet of Braila, along the historic trail which cuts across the slopes of Monte Varino with a spectacular view over the Sarca Valley.

moderate
10.4 km
4:07 h
454 m
455 m

In Dro everyone knows the story of the primary school teacher Ketty Bombardelli, who, in the early twentieth century, taught in the town but lived in the isolated village of Braila. The only way to get from one to the other was by the steep mountain trail up Monte Varino and the schoolteacher took that path every day to go to work. It is said that on her way back every evening her husband came to meet her to help her over the steepest part, carrying her on his shoulders in his gerla – the traditional wicker basket used for transporting goods on mountain trails.

This itinerary retraces the footsteps of the schoolteacher along the first section of the SAT 667 trail, “the Schoolteacher's Trail”, and is signposted with the usual red and white markings.

Braila retains all the atmosphere of a mountain hamlet with its stone houses huddled together surrounded by woods and the picturesque views over the Sarca Valley.

Author’s recommendation

From the Schoolteacher's Trail you can enjoy spectacular views over the Sarca Valley.

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

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

  • This trail is classified EE for Expert Hikers and is the most difficult of the trails in the “Hidden Treasures” series. It is advisable that children wear a harness and ferrata kit on the most exposed stretch.
  • 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

  • Once you get to Braila, it is only a short distance to the Open Air Gallery: a section of woodland transformed into an open air art gallery. There are a number of different installations among the rocks, trees and clearings and two different trails for visitors to enjoy them.
  • For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it

Start

Dro - Piazza della Repubblica (122 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.961330, 10.910810
UTM
32T 648060 5091526

Destination

Dro - Piazza della Repubblica

Turn-by-turn directions

From piazza Repubblica in Dro, follow directions for the Sarca cycle path towards Pietramurata (in this order. via Molini, via Degasperi, via Costa, via Gramsci), then follow it for about one kilometre until you come to the junction after the underpass under the main road near the bicigrill. Turn left here and in a few minutes you will come to the main road which connects Drena with Dro. Stay on the right-hand side of the road and head south until you come to the third side road on your left. Cross the main road carefully and follow directions for “Sentiero della Maestra” until you come to Monte Varino, where you turn onto the trailSAT 667 for what will be about a one-hour hike. Once you get past the bolted section, you will come to a paved road where you continue uphill in a northerly direction as far as the church of Braila and the hamlet itself. On the other side of the village continue downhill to the left – ignoring the signpost giving directions to continue on trail 665 to Arco – until you come to the point where you began the uphill climb. From here you can return to Dro retracing your steps on the original trail. Be careful: on the way back, use the red/white markers as reference points and not the traces of the old blue/white markers which are still visible in various points.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Dro is connected with other towns in Garda Trentino and with Trento by means of an intercity bus service (lines 304 and 305).
Information and opening hours: www.gardatrentino.it

Getting there

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

Parking

The car parks in via Battisti, Piazza Garibaldi, Via Capitelli (side streets off Piazza Repubblica) are the nearest to the starting point of the itinerary.

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

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.4 km
Duration
4:07 h
Ascent
454 m
Descent
455 m
Public transport friendly Scenic Cultural/historical value assured passages

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