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Sentiero del Ponale

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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. 

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

closed
easy
8.7 km
1:15 h
260 m
260 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 24, 2020
Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
431 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

Start

Biacesa (424 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.864416, 10.812988
DMS
45°51'51.9"N 10°48'46.8"E
UTM
32T 640725 5080581
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Destination

Riva del Garda

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.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Trentino Trasporti

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

Further information and timetable

Getting there

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

Parking

Car park at the crossroads.

Coordinates

DD
45.864416, 10.812988
DMS
45°51'51.9"N 10°48'46.8"E
UTM
32T 640725 5080581
w3w 
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Consorzio per il Turismo della Valle di Ledro - Valle di Ledro e Tremalzo Map Trekking/MTB

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Status
closed
Difficulty
easy
Distance
8.7 km
Duration
1:15 h
Ascent
260 m
Descent
260 m
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