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10. To the Hermitage Eremo di San Giacomo
Arco, Garda Trentino
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Difficulty
Intermediate
Activity time
2:15
Duration in hours
Distance
4.2
Distance in km
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A hike up the slopes of Monte Stivo from Bolognano to the chapel which overlooks the town and the Arco area and offers a good view point.

The hermitage is mentioned in documents dating back to 1288, but its roots probably go back even further. It is situated on an ancient communications route connecting the Valle dell'Adige and Basso Sarca and gave shelter to wayfarers and pilgrims. The inhabitants of Bolognano still spend May Day at San Giacomo, a tradition which goes back centuries.

For anyone who would like to visit the hermitage but does not feel like hiking up from the town, it is possible to get to Salve Regina by car and from there it is only 20 minutes to the chapel along a forestry road (signpost SAT 609 and then follow directions for San Giacomo).

Further information and useful links
  • On the website of the municipality of Arco you can learn more about the history of the church and the hermitage.
  • For more information on routes and hike services, guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation:  all about trekking in Garda Trentino - Tel. +39 0464 554444 

Route info
Intermediate
Distance
4,2 km
Activity time
2 h 15 min
Ascent
615 m
Descent
8 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Scenary
Highest point
744 m
Lowest point
129 m
Suggestions

The Hermitage of Santi Giacomo and Silvestro al Monte (more commonly known as San Giacomo) is usually open on Sundays in summertime.

Safety guidelines
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.
Punto di partenza
Bolognano - car parking at the church
Directions
Follow directions for Gazzi from the car park beside the church in Bolognano. From there continue on the trail SAT 608 to Salve Regina. Right behind the chapel turn onto SAT 609 which leads to the Hermitage. Go back the way you came. 
public transportation

Bolognano is connected with other towns in Garda Trentino by the urban bus line no. 3. Here all the schedules of buses in Garda Trentino.

How to get there

From Riva del Garda take the main road statale 45 bis to Arco, then strada provinciale 118 to Bolognano. For directions on how to reach Garda Trentino click here.

Where to park
There are a number of free car parks in Bolognano.

There is nowhere to stop for refreshments along the trail so make sure to bring water and snacks. There is a supermarket in Bolognano not far from the starting point.

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.

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