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From Lake Tenno to Canale, a stroll through the countryside

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Easy walk around Lake Tenno and as far as Canale, a medieval village belonging to the club of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy.


This walks touches on two points of particular interest in Garda Trentino: Lake Tenno, one of the most pristine lakes in all of Italy, and the nearby medieval village of Canale di Tenno, where time seems to have stood still. This is a very easy trek without any serious elevation gain, a walk suited to everyone.

Lake Tenno is famed for the colour of its water which varies from turquoise to emerald green according to the season. It is safe to swim in the lake and it is a popular destination in summer for people who just want to relax on the rocky beaches.

The Tenno area is part of the nature reserve of the UNESCO Biosphere "Alpi Ledrensi e Judicaria", a prestigious award which identifies environments with a rich biodiversity and history which have been developed while maintain strong links between the area, tourism, farming and tradition.

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
4,8 km
1 h 30 min
Altitude difference (+)
60 m
Altitude difference (-)
60 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
607 m
Lowest point
568 m

This lake is prone to dramatic changes in the water level to such an extent that the little island often turns into a peninsula so that you can walk out to it on foot.

In Canale it is well worth paying a visit to la Casa degli Artisti . The Artists' House was founded in the Sixties to offer hospitality to artists in search of inspiration and these would then leave one of their works in payment for bed and board. Today it hosts a number of different exhibitions from Easter to Christmas.

The nearby Museo degli Attrezzi Agricoli or Museum of Tools, was founded by a local association and has a collection of tools and implements regularly used by the inhabitants of the village up until the 1970s.

In August, Canale hosts Rustico Medioevo, a medieval festival which had its first edition in 1986. Different shows take the stage every evening and the kitchen run by volunteers offers typical Trento dishes. You simply must try polenta with peverada!

Safety guidelines

The telephone number for the emergency services is 112.

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
Lake Tenno

From the car park beside Lake Tenno head down the steps which lead to the beach. There you take the trail on the left which runs around the perimeter of the lake. When you come to the island, go up to the kiosk bar (open in summer, with toilet facilities) and then leave it behind you as you come to the dirt road.  Here keep to the right until you come to the next junction where you take the left turn and follow directions for Canale. It is only a short distance to the village.

On the way back you follow the same route as far as the last turn-off (at Frioc): go straight on towards Mattoni. The road changes from a dirt track to a paved road and you pass through a residential area. When you come to the wooden cross, keep to the right and you are soon back where you started from.

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

Lake Tenno is about 12 km from Riva del Garda and you can get there by taking the road strada provinciale 37, passing through Deva and Pranzo. Another option is by the road strada statale 421 for Tenno.

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.


Where to park

Pay parking at Lake Tenno.

This excursion is quite simple and presents no particular difficulty. However, we still recommend you to wear suitable footwear, a hat, sun screen and sunglasses. And be sure to bring water!

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