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21. The forts of Monte Brione
Riva del Garda, Arco
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An easy trek to explore the Austro-Hungarian border defences along the Sentiero della Pace or Peace Trail

 Up until 1918 Garda Trentino belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire which, well aware of the strategic position of the area, went about constructing a serious system of defences which centred on Monte Brione. Apart from bearing visible traces of that period, Monte Brione is also a protected area because of the high level of biodiversity of its typical Mediterranean vegetation.

Brione is home to 817 species of plant, 35% of the entire flora of Trentino! Many of these are rare or endangered species and some grow here alone, on the shores of Lake Garda. In particular, there is an extraordinary variety of orchids with 26 known species. This is the reason why the top of Monte Brione is recognised as protected area. 

Further information and useful links
  • The General Command of the Austro-Hungarian Empire built a system of defences for the north shore of the lake: the Festung Abschnitt, the fortified sector of Riva del Garda. At the centre of this defence system was Monte Brione and its fortifications: Forte San Nicolò (1860-62) over the lake, Forte Sant' Alessandro (1881) at the summit, Forte Batteria di Mezzo (1900), and Forte Garda (1907). The remains of trails, observatories, trenches and military roads are still visible today.
  • A local association opens the Forte Garda fort during the summer season, bringing history to life and giving everyone a chance to explore this extraordinary defence post. Click herefor information on opening times and events.
  • To find out more about the history and discover the Peace Trail or Sentiero della Pace in Trentino.
Route info
6,3 km
Activity time
3 h 00 min
320 m
317 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
350 m
Lowest point
65 m
The Austro-Hungarian chose Brione to build their forts, because of its strategic position. Discover the impressive views over Lake Garda.
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
Porto San Nicolò - Riva del Garda
  • The trail starts from the harbour of San Nicolò in Riva del Garda and continues along the Peace Trail or Sentiero della Pace up the ridge of Monte Brione. The Peace Trail is marked in red and white and identified with a green icon with a white dove.
  • For more information on routes and hike services, guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation: all about trekking in Garda Trentino- Tel. +39 0464 554444 

public transportation

Porto San Nicolò is served by a number of bus lines:

  •  Urban line number 3
  • Intercity line Riva del Garda - Rovereto - Trento
  • ATV line Riva del Garda - Malcesine - Verona

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes.

How to get there
From Riva del Garda head towards Torbole along viale Rovereto. Before the tunnel, on the right, you will find the harbour Porto San Nicolò and the start of the trail.
Where to park
There is pay parking at the harbour Porto San Nicolò

There is nowhere to stop off for refreshments along the trail so you are advised to bring water and something to eat

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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