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Bastione - S. Maria Maddalena - Foci San Giacomo
Riva del Garda
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Short and easy walk to discover an almost unknown area of Riva del Garda.  
Passed the Bastione, the tower with view over Riva del Garda, the tour enters an unpolluted and little attended area of the city. The little Church of Santa Maria Maddalena is a jewel wrapped by the luxuriant vegetation. The path continues through a holm oak wood until foci San Giacomo, where Torrent Albola descend from the mountains above to end in Lake Garda.
Further information and useful links

For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 www.gardatrentino.it 

Route info
4,3 km
Activity time
1 h 30 min
196 m
196 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
277 m
Lowest point
83 m
The origin of the Church of Santa Maria Maddalena dates back to the IV century. Beside the church there are the ruins of an arcade and a retreat.  
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
Via Monte Oro - Riva del Garda

From the parking lot you follow the dirt road (SAT 404) in direction to Bastione. At a height of 245m you reach an intersection. Going to the left you reach the bastion (fortificated tower, XVI century). Return to the intersection and follow the path with indication to Campi/Rif. Pernici (SAT 402).

After 600m you reach the intersection Foci/San Giacomo. After another 100m you have reached the church of “Santa Maria Maddalena”.

At the highest point you find a space with a showcase, from which you descend on a stepped path to Loc. Foci/San Giacomo. From here, you proceed on Via Ardaro back to Riva del Garda.

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 or in the immediate surroundings.

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it


You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it


How to get there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it 


Where to park

Free parking in Riva del Garda at the old hospital (via Rosmini) and the old cemetery (Viale D. Chiesa).

Pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths, Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, shopping center Blue Garden.

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 Mountain Rescue 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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