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7. Bosco Caproni and Trenches of Vastrè
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A nature walk which in just a few kilometres manages to give a fascinating insight into the historical events which left their mark on Garda Trentino

This trail tells the story of different episodes in Twentieth century history, winding through beautiful natural surroundings, the most northerly holly oak woodlands in Europe and many other species of vegetation. It leads you from the oolite quarries and the ruined houses of the miners who quarried the stone up to the trenches from the Great War.

Further information and useful links

For more information on routes, services (guides, mountain huts, shops etc.) and hiking friendly accommodation: Garda Trentino - +39 0464 554444

Route info
Route number
5,5 km
Activity time
2 h 20 min
Altitude difference (+)
221 m
Altitude difference (-)
221 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
303 m
Lowest point
85 m

Today the oolite quarries are climbing walls where you can see top athletes challenging their skills on very demanding routes. If you can spare the time, stop off for a while and watch their slow progress on the rock.

Bosco Caproni gets its name from the family of Gianni Caproni, the famous aviation pioneer born in this area in 1886. Today this area is part of the River Sarca Reserve.

Safety guidelines

Safety Tips

  1. Choose itineraries that suit your physical and technical abilities. Collect information about the area you are visiting and the trail’s conditions and get a detailed trekking map.
  2. Wear clothes and take equipment that suit the difficulty and length of your tour. Keep emergency gear in your rucksack, including first aid supplies.
  3. Do not go walking alone in the mountains. In any case, tell someone where you are going and report back on returning.
  4. Look at the weather forecast before setting off and always keep an eye on the weather.
  5. In case of doubt, go back. It is better to give up than risk bad weather or face difficulties beyond your strength, ability and equipment.
  6. Do not leave marked paths and do not take shortcuts.
  7. All described walks are in a natural environment and therefore their use is at your own risk.

This information is subject to inevitable variations, so none of these 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, it is advisable to check environment and weather conditions before setting out.

Punto di partenza
Parking place at the bridge - Arco

Follow the cycle path north from Arco Bridge. After the boardwalk along the River Sarca cross the main road (via the underpass) and you soon come to San Martino: from here continue to the chapel of the same name and on to the tarmac road for Troiana. Follow the road as far as a car park on a bend at the base of the “Policromuro” sports climbing crag. Now take the mule track into the valley and keep to the left until you come to the oolite quarry.
The trail runs between the rocky walls left by the quarrying work and comes to Case Caproni. Follow the trail along the defence lines of the trenches of Vastrè and when you rejoin the trail, instead of heading uphill towards Case Caproni, go down to the right until you come to the tarmac road near the family-friendly climbing area in San Martino. From here you head back to Arco the way you came.

public transportation

The main towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Nago – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of tours or in the immediate surroundings.

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

Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.



How to get there
Where to park

Parking in Caneve (5 minutes walk to the town centre).

Paid parking: Foro Boario, near the bridge (Via Caproni Maini) or the post office (Via Monache).

You need to wear 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?

Your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do) should contain:

  • 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


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.

Emergency telephone number 112.

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