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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 cycling trip and a breath-taking view over Lake Garda and the surrounding mountains. 
moderate
31.1 km
3:00 h
1,421 m
1,421 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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Updated: April 28, 2021
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moderate
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Highest point
946 m
Lowest point
66 m
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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

Start

Biacesa (663 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.889535, 10.729169
DMS
45°53'22.3"N 10°43'45.0"E
UTM
32T 634159 5083228
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Destination

Riva del Garda

Turn-by-turn directions

From Pieve we cycle along the southern shore of the lake (Pur) towards the Pile-Dwelling Museum in Molina. From here, we follow the cycling path to Prè and then along the Ponale torrent towards Biacesa. We reach the end of the cycling path and we keep of the asphalt road to Pregasina for about 200 m. We then take the path on the left which joins the Sentiero del Ponale avoiding the main road. We follow the Sentiero del Ponale to Riva del Garda. Return along the same route.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Trentino Trasporti

There: 214 bus Riva del Garda - Pieve di Ledro
And back: Pieve di Ledro - Riva del Garda

Timetable

Getting there

Exit the A22 motorway at Rovereto Sud - Lago di Garda. Follow the SS240 della Val di Ledro to Pieve di Ledro. Further information

Parking

Car park near the Tourist Office.

Coordinates

DD
45.889535, 10.729169
DMS
45°53'22.3"N 10°43'45.0"E
UTM
32T 634159 5083228
w3w 
///fatten.competently.snowmen
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Azienda per il Turismo della Valle di Ledro 

Valle di Ledro - Tremalzo - Lago di Garda

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5.0
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Mario Schrader
July 03, 2019 · Community
Completed this Route on July 02, 2019

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
31.1 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
1,421 m
Descent
1,421 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Out and back Refreshment stops available Family friendly Cultural/historical value

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