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The summit of Monte Brento
Arco, Comano, Dro & Drena
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This trail overlooking the Sarca Valley is for those who like to hike off the beaten track in unspoilt natural surroundings

Explore Monte Brento which towers above the Sarca Valley. The more gently sloping side is covered in dense woods and pastures, the perfect place for a one-day hike with a few exposed stretches for just the right shot of adrenaline.

On the way up to Monte Brento You cross "pra dei muci" (haystacks meadow). Legend has it that a local man making hay on the mountainside refused to come down to the church on August 15th for the feast-day of the Assumption and woke up the next morning to find that the haystacks that had cost him so much effort had turned into mounds of earth.

Further information and useful links

For more information on routes and hike services, guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation: all about trekking in Garda Trentino - Tel. +39 0464 554444 

Route info
11,1 km
Activity time
3 h 08 min
470 m
467 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
1.511 m
Lowest point
1.041 m
Monte Brento, rising sheer above the Sarca Valley, is one of the most popular climbing areas in Garda Trentino because of its trad climbing routes.
Safety guidelines

This trail presents no particular technical difficulties but since there are some extremely exposed sections SAT 408B is classified EE, meaning it is only recommended for experienced hikers.

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
Car park at San Giovanni’s alpine hut
From the car park in Malga San Giovanni take the dirt track which winds up among some houses to the junction with SAT 408. Follow this trail as far as Malga Valbona. Now rejoin SAT 408 and then take SAT 408B which takes you to the summit of Monte Brento, marked by a wooden cross. The trail is exposed and there are views over the Sarca Valley and Giudicarie, Lake Santa Massenza and Lake Toblino, the Brenta group and Lake Garda. For the return leg, follow SAT 408B until you get back where you started from. 
How to get there
From Varignano, a district of Arco, follow the road that takes you uphill to Padaro and San Giovanni al Monte (about 11 km).
Where to park
Free parking near Malga San Giovanni

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: 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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