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23. The Great War: along the Segrom ridge to Malga Zures
Torbole sul Garda - Nago
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A hike along the Austro-Hungarian line of defence, the imposing fortifications built at the turn of the Twentieth century to defend the southern border

There can be no doubt about the strategic importance of Garda Trentino for the Austro-Hungarian Empire given the number and scale of the fortifications above the shores of Lake Garda and the Segrom is a part of these. Barracks, trenches, tunnels and artillery positions bear witness to the complexity of this system and form a unique historic backdrop for a trek. 

Here the trail largely overlaps with a military road built by the Austro-Hungarian army from 1880 onwards when work started to reinforce defences along the Italian border. The fortifications along the Segrom ridge date back to the same period and these are linked by trenches with the stronghold of Malga Zures, a considerable line of resistance in case of loss of the advanced position. 

Further information and useful links
  • Click here for more information and recommendations for hikes in places of interest associated with the First World War. Today, Segrom – on its steeper side – is a destination for hordes of climbing enthusiasts and this face has become one of the most popular climbing walls in Garda Trentino
  • 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
5,1 km
Activity time
2 h 30 min
451 m
451 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
698 m
Lowest point
246 m

The first part follows the Sentiero della Pace, a long-distance trail which links up the most important places on the front lines during the Great War in Trentino.

Safety guidelines

This hike presents no particular technical difficulties but it is especially rocky in the higher part of the trail. 

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
Loc. S. Giuseppe - Nago
From San Giuseppe in Nago follow the Sentiero della Pace (SAT 601) as far as Malga Zures, heading up the Segrom ridge. All along the trail there are defence positions built by the Austro-Hungarian army to protect the southern border. The artillery positions have stupendous views over the entire upper lake. On the way down again follow the mule track which runs beneath Parete del Segrom (see hiking map no. 23), one of the most famous sports climbing walls in the world. 
public transportation

The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda, Nago and Arco – are connected by a number of urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of the trail.  

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.

From the bus stop to the starting point of the path it takes 15/20 minutes on foot.

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

How to get there

Follow directions from Nago to the Baldo road or "strada del Baldo" as far as the car park near the start of the trail SAT 601. 

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino

Where to park
Free parking in Traole in Nago. 

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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