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A hike around Monte Calino, the mountain of Tenno
Tenno, Garda Trentino
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This hike is all about Monte Calino, close to Tenno. It is like a natural balcony overlooking the Busa, as locals call the Basso Sarca plain, and lake Garda.

The hike is all through natural surroundings: first it winds up through the steep hillside farmland around Tenno and Calvola with its typical drystone walls. It then plunges into the woods where the vegetation changes with the altitude. You have to stop off at the mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro which is the main focus of the hike and serves excellent food and rest.
Adjacent to the mountain hut San Pietro there's a tiny, old church, once a hermitage and pilgrimage point. 

The hike can be shortened by cutting out the steep climb from Tenno and leaving the car at the junction for Ranciom/Treni where you can park for free. This eliminates most of the uphill section and turns the hike into a relaxing walk in the woods.

Further information and useful links
  • The trail SAT 401 is part of the Sentiero Frassati del Trentino, a hiking trail inaugurated by the local SAT (Trento Mountaineering Association) in 2011 and named after Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, which connects the sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie in Arco with the sanctuary of San Romedio in Val di Non. In total 100km and 4600 metres of elevation gain which can be hiked in 6/7 days without any technical difficulties. For further information (in Italian) and the complete track go to the website of SAT - Società degli Alpinisti Tridentini.
Route info
11,1 km
Activity time
4 h 52 min
715 m
715 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
1.073 m
Lowest point
454 m

With aa short detour from Calvola, you can reach Canale di Tenno, one of the most beautiful villages of Italy. 

Safety guidelines

This hike presents no particular difficulties, except for the the first section of the route, which is quite steep. 

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

The trail SAT 401 starts at the turn-off on the main road and goes to Calvola, then La Croce ,and on a tarmac road as far as the junction where it continues on a partially paved road to Ranciom and Treni. Then turn onto SAT 401 (Frassati), heading south in the direction of Monte Calino. Head for the summit (1089 metres) and then down on SAT 401 to the mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro. 
To return, from the mountain hut take the path SAT 406 till the junction with the asphalted road. Turning right, follow the main road until you find the SAT 401 path again, which will lead you to the starting point. 

public transportation

Riva del Garda and Tenno are served by the extra-urban line Riva - Tenno - Fiavé - Ponte Arche (For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes ).

Please note! Routes are not very frequent

Also, from June to September the BiciBusTrek service is active with a stop only a few minutes walking away form the starting point of the route.


How to get there

You can get to Tenno (approx. 8 km from Riva del Garda) by the main road strada statale 421 (following directions for Tenno)

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino

Where to park
The free parking closest to the start of the trail is at the Town Hall. (Drive to the other side of town and on the final bend turn right and follow directions for the Town Hall - "municipio").

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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