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Passo della Morte: a path through nature and legend
Madruzzo, Garda Trentino
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This is a long walk that will take you through the leafy forests that drape the sides of “Godesi”, (the north-western side of Mount Casale), a location rich in historic and cultural elements.
Itinerary: Comano Paese, Passo della Morte, Comano Paese.
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Route info
7,7 km
Activity time
3 h 30 min
299 m
547 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
883 m
Lowest point
373 m
Safety guidelines
-plan with care your itinerary

-choose an itinerary that suits your physical condition

-choose carefully the appropriate equipment

-check the weather forecast

-if you walk alone it could be more dangerous

-tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll probably be back

-don’t hesitate to contact an expert if you think you’re going to need one

-pay attention to the signposts

-don’t hesitate to retrace your steps

-in case of accident call 112

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.

Punto di partenza
Comano Paese
Start in Comano, park at the church and pass “La Panoramica” hotel to reach the area where the Alpini (the Italian alpine army unit) hold their town fair. At the cross, continue straight ahead along a flat road through the forest, interrupted here and there by fields, until you come to a crossing signposted on the left SAT 411 for “Garda - Brenta” to Ponte Balandin and on the right Passo delle Morte. In front of you, you will see a grassy plateau rolling towards the river Sarca and towering above Monte Banale, Monte Valandro and Cima Ghez. Turn right and continue through a forest of pine trees, along a slightly uphill but pleasant path leading to “Caputèl de le Anime” (The Souls Shrine). The shrine appears to have been erected in the XVII century by the church devoted people of Comano in memory of the souls lost in Purgatory. It used to be decorated with a painting of Our Lady of Help, but following a recent restoration, the image has been replaced with an artwork realized by the local artist Paolo Dalponte. You may wish to rest here for a while, before tackling the steep sides of “Godesi” with a gorge and the Limarò Canyon on the left.  As you reach the first rock formations, the track becomes more arduous, flanked by a rocky wall on the right side and a cliff on the left, but you will be walking in complete safety because the road is protected by barriers made of metal and wood . Here, you stand on “Passo della Morte” (The Death Pass), the highest point of this itinerary (843m). This pass was, historically, the only way to cross over from Giudicarie Esteriori to Trento. The name comes from the local legend of Adilberto di Castel Toblino, betrayed and killed in this exact place by Graziadeo da Campo who was jealous of the romance between Aldilberto and the beautiful Ginevra di Castel Stenico. Continue walking downhill along a track that reveals, in some stretches, heart-stopping views of deep canyons at the bottom of which you can spot the main road, Strada Statale del Caffaro, and the river Sarca.  When you reach the crossing “Bivio del Casale”, you will see the SAT 427 sign directing you to the right towards Capanna Don Zio and Monte Casale and to the left to Sarche & Motte. Follow the latter and after few turns you can catch a glimpse of Casina Forestale, the Forest Rangers house. As you make your way through the vast plain, you will come to a farmstead “Malga-Maso Casale”. Here, you can continue along the SAT 427 path or re-join the dirt track you left earlier: both routes lead to “Romitorio”, a retreat for hermits, which was recently renovated. The Romitorio (452m) is situated on a vantage point affording spectacular views across the valley below, Monte Bondone with the “Cornét” peak and the “Piccolo Daìn”. After a stop to rest and admire the view, start your journey back along the same route. If you wish return via a different route, you can descend into the near village of Sarche from which you can catch public transport to Ponte Arche. In this case, we advise to park at Ponte Arche and walk to Comano.
How to get there
From Ponte Arche/Comano terme follow the signs to Comano paese (4km). When you arrive at the church turn right towards loc. panoramica.
Where to park
Near the church of Comano Paese or in loc. Panoramica.
- hiking backpack

- trekking shoes

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