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GardaTrek Medium Loop 1: from Riva del Garda to Rifugio San Pietro

Riva del Garda, Tenno
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Start out with a hike through the valleys and mountain hamlets of Garda Trentino on little-frequented trails and country lanes and enjoyed the quietness of the route.

The first stage winds across the western part of Garda Trentino, for the most part in a mountain environment. Leaving the lake at your back, you head uphill to the north and pass through woods and farmland around the villages and towns.

The trail touches on some points which are definitely worth a visit. Just above the little town of Campi there is the archaeological site of San Martino where you can visit the remains of an ancient village beside a place of worship dating back to Pre-Roman times.The Magnone stream which you cross to go up to Ville del Monte has gouged out a ravine here which is renowned for the colour of the rock and its lush vegetation. Canale di Tenno is a medieval village, which is worth a visit. The arrival point for this stage is the mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro which was built on the foundations of an ancient hermitage. The chapel which is still in use is open to visitors.

This trek can normally be done all year round, but in the winter months you might come across some snow on the way. Check the conditions of the trail if you are thinking of doing it from November to March. In this period it's advisable to check as well the opening of moutain huts and accommodation along the route, as they might be closed.  

Further information and useful links

The mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro has a limited number of beds. It is always advisable to contact the manager to check there are vacancies and book ahead.

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


Route info
Route number
23,3 km
10 h 40 min
Altitude difference (+)
1.434 m
Altitude difference (-)
1.308 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
976 m
Lowest point
89 m

Canale di Tenno is a medieval village, which belongs to the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy:  with its stone houses and narrow alleyways, time seems to stand still here

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
Riva del Garda - via Monte Oro

From via Monte Oro in Riva del Garda, take the trail SAT 402 "La Pinza" up to the intersection on the right, that leads to the waterfall "Cascata dell'Ert". The itinerary continues then on the trail SAT 434 "Claudio Fedrizzi". It will take you to the little village of Campi and, a little further uphill, to the archeological site San Martino. After visiting the site, follow the trail SAT 434 backwards to Campi, till you meet the main road. Take it in direction Pranzo (downhill); after a short distance, turn right onto a trail which takes you first to Pranzo and then (Sentiero di Prà) cross the ravine of the Magnone stream and head up the other side of the valley to Ville del Monte. It only takes a few minutes to get to Canale, a medieval village classified as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy  and – following signposts for SAT 406 – you come to Lake Tenno, which you can admire from above. Continue on the dirt road until you come across the signpost for SAT 406A, then follow this trail into the woods until you come to the dirt road for Bastiani. Here you go back onto SAT 406 which in no time takes you to the mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro.


 To shorten the hike, follow the sign SAT 406 from Canale di Tenno towards Monte Calino / Rifugio San Pietro.

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.


If you want to cut the hike short before the San Pietro hut or get back down after sleeping over in the hut you can always get back to where you started from by bus from Ville del Monte or Tenno.

Please note: buses are not very frequent.


How to get there

The trail SAT 402/404, the departure point for this trek, is in via Monte Oro, near the covered car park.

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino


Where to park

Parking near the former hospital (Via Rosmini) or the former cemetery (Viale Damiano Chiesa).

Paid parking: Terme Romane (Viale Roma), Vecchia stazione (Largo Medaglie d’Oro), Ex-agraria (Via Lutti), Area ex-Cattoi (Viale Rovereto).

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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