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Timeless panorama: the Ponale road

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For more than a century the Ponale road has enchanted travellers. This route is ideal for all those who want to enjoy a nice walk and a breath-taking view over Lake Garda and the surrounding mountains. 
moderate
9.9 km
4:00 h
382 m
382 m

The road overlooks the northernmost part of Lake Garda and the lower Sarca. Mount Brione, between Riva and Torbole, and Mount Baldo can be seen in the distance. The vegetation is sparse and Mediterranean. It consists of cypresses and holm oaks that manage to grow through the rocks.

The Ponale road was paramount to hold Riva and the North Garda Lake, then at the border between the Austro-Hungarian Empire (to which Trentino belonged) and the Kingdom of Italy. Because of its strategical value to Austria-Hungary, it was at the centre of an extensive network of fortifications since 1860. 

Fort Teodosio dates back to this period. It owes its name to the finding of some coins from the reign of Emperor Theodosius. The fort was built to close off the road to those coming from Ledro. The port of Riva was defended by the Bellavista battery (or della Madonnina), just a few metres above the lake. The fortifications stopped Garibaldi from invading Trentino through Riva and forced him to go through the Giudicarie and Ledro.

 The construction of the Tagliata (barrier) del Ponale began in 1904. It was part of a defensive plan put in action by the Austro-Hungarian Army in the whole of Trentino. The Tagliata is a network of tunnels and passageways excavated in the rock. It starts at the height of the seventh tunnel coming up from Riva (150 m / 500 ft) and reaches down to the lake. From the road, embrasures and doors can still be seen. The Tagliata guaranteed Austria-Hungary the control of Riva throughout the First World War. Excavations did not stop until 1918.

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Austrion-Hungarian Fortifications

The Ponale road was paramount to hold Riva and the North Garda Lake, then at the border between the Austro-Hungarian Empire (to which Trentino belonged) and the Kingdom of Italy. Because of its strategical value to Austria-Hungary, it was at the centre of an extensive network of fortifications since 1860. 

Fort Teodosio dates back to this period. It owes its name to the finding of some coins from the reign of Emperor Theodosius. The fort was built to close off the road to those coming from Ledro. The port of Riva was defended by the Bellavista battery (or della Madonnina), just a few metres above the lake. The fortifications stopped Garibaldi from invading Trentino through Riva and forced him to go through the Giudicarie and Ledro.

 The construction of the Tagliata (barrier) del Ponale began in 1904. It was part of a defensive plan put in action by the Austro-Hungarian Army in the whole of Trentino. The Tagliata is a network of tunnels and passageways excavated in the rock. It starts at the height of the seventh tunnel coming up from Riva (150 m / 500 ft) and reaches down to the lake. From the road, embrasures and doors can still be seen. The Tagliata guaranteed Austria-Hungary the control of Riva throughout the First World War. Excavations did not stop until 1918.

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Apt Valle di Ledro
Updated: August 05, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
428 m
Lowest point
66 m
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Rest Stop

Ponale Alto Belvedere

Safety information

Where fences are missing, families with children should be particularly cautious. Bikers must limit their speed and be aware of pedestrians. The road is unpaved.

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.

Tips, hints and links

Further information on www.vallediledro.com

Turn-by-turn directions

Take the path that starts just before the tunnel for Pregasina or alternatively go through the old tunnel to the right of the new one linking Ledro to Riva. The two routes meet in proximity to the Ponale Alto Belvedere cafè, an ideal spot to enjoy the view over the Ponale waterfall. The Ponale road reaches Riva (Località Monte Oro) near the hydroelectric power plant. Return along the same route.

 

 

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Public transport

Public transport friendly

Trentino Trasporti

There: 214 bus Riva del Garda - Pregasina bivio
And back: Pregasina bivio - Riva del Garda

Timetable on Trentino Trasporti Esercizio

Getting there

Exit the A22 motorway at Rovereto Sud - Lago di Garda. Follow the SS240 della Val di Ledro to the crossroads towards Pregasina.

Parking

Car park at the crossroads.

Coordinates

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45.864421, 10.812898
DMS
45°51'51.9"N 10°48'46.4"E
UTM
32T 640718 5080582
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Consorzio per il Turismo della Valle di Ledro - Valle di Ledro e Tremalzo Map Trekking/MTB

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4.8
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Dima Hildt
September 27, 2019 · Community
Done at July 24, 2019
Federica Capitani
August 23, 2019 · Community
la strada del Ponale è molto bella e suggestiva, quasi a strapiombo sul lago di Garda offre dei panorami mozzafiato. la strada si affronta facilmente e si arriva da lesignana a riva del Garda in poco tempo. Fatta di mattina la strada è per lo più al sole fatta eccezione per le gallerie. È molto frequentata dai ciclisti per cui è bene porre attenzione soprattutto se la si fa con il cane che va tenuto al guinzaglio corto.
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Done at August 22, 2019
Photo: Federica Capitani, Community
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.9 km
Duration
4:00h
Ascent
382 m
Descent
382 m
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