The Rocchetta group forms a striking backdrop on the right-hand shore of Lake Garda. Steep rock walls soar from water level to over 1000 metres, giving Garda Trentino the air of a Nordic fjord. This tour allows you to explore the base of the rock wall as far as Punta Sperone, a rocky bluff sticking out into the lake which hides one of the oldest forts in the old Austro-Hungarian defence system. Garda Trentino was the southernmost border of the empire and guarded as an important strategic position. Just above the lake, you can make out the Ponale Trail which winds up the rock face, dotted here and there with biking and hiking enthusiasts.
Watch outl! In high winds you are advised to sttay at a safe distance from the cliff because of the danger of falling rocks.
In any case it is advisable to take this tour accompanied by a qualified instructor.
7 Tips to SUP in safety
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.
Leave from Purfina in Riva del Garda, entering the water by means of a slipway. Head in the direction of Sperone beach beneath the sheer rock of Mount Rochetta in all its wild beauty. Rocchetta goes right down to the water on the right-hand side of the lake so the shoreline is dominated by its cliffs. When you get to the beach you can take a break to rehydrate and maybe cool down with a swim.
Now head off in the direction of Riva del Garda and enjoy the beauty of the constantly changing landscape, paddling beneath the cliffs where intrepid climbers are engaged in daring ascents starting from lake level.
Once you get to the underwater statue Cristo del Lago right below the start of the Ponale Trail, paddle around to avoid the harbour area as far as Punta Lido, following Sabbioni beach, until you get back to where you started from.
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
Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it
The car park nearest to the point of departure is Porto San Nicolò (pay parking).
Free parking in Riva del Garda at the old hospital (via Rosmini) and the old cemetery (Viale D. Chiesa). Further pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths, Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, shopping center Blue Garden.