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A hike around Monte Calino, the mountain of Tenno

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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

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


Route info
Route number
11,1 km
4 h 52 min
Altitude difference (+)
715 m
Altitude difference (-)
715 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
1.073 m
Lowest point
454 m

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

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.

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

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

Tenno is connected by the intercity bus line 211 (Riva del Garda - Tenno - Fiavè - Ponte Arche).

Attention! Buses are not very frequent!

Up-to-date information on timetables and routes


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).

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.


Where to park

Parking in the village of Tenno in Via dei Laghi, near the playground.

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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Canale di Tenno - Lake Garda
Canale di Tenno
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