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Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni
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Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni goes through a canyon. You walk along the torrent and overcome the steep parts with stairs in the wall. 

A lovely protected route which climbs the narrow gorge delved by the Rio Sallagoni at the foot of the limestone cliff below Castel Drena. The atmosphere is rendered magical by the succession of waterfalls along the ascent and the particular lush vegetation of this hidden world. Two Tibetan bridges add a dash of excitement to the experience.

Easy access, just a few minute’s walk from the Marocche car park, and the fact that it is relatively short, make this an ideal itinerary for an exciting half-day excursion. Even though there are some short athletic stretches, it is still suitable for children, though kids under 140 cm in height will need a helping hand. Make sure when you come to a wooden bridge across the stream to take the trail that heads up to the Castle, and not continue along the gorge (this section is not fitted with any protection).

Further information and useful links
  • Facing a via ferrata requires knowledge of the right technique of progression and some training. If you want to try out this experience for the first time or check the use of the via ferrata set, we recommend that you contact one of our mountain guides: www.gardatrentino.it
  • For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it
Route info
Route number
2,3 km
Activity time
2 h 00 min
Altitude difference (+)
192 m
Altitude difference (-)
192 m
Physical effort
Highest point
374 m
Lowest point
188 m

Once you are in Drena, take the chance to visit the castle and the 25m high tower. 

Safety guidelines
  1. Only do the via ferrata if you are reasonably fit and in excellent health.
  2. Do not do the via ferrata in bad weather, especially if it looks like a storm is coming.
  3. Do not do the via ferrata alone: if you have an accident nobody will be able to call for help.
  4. The risk of rock falls increases if there are others on the via ferrata or with wind or rain.
  5. Always check route conditions; in winter you may find snow and ice on some routes which make progression dangerous.
  6. Use proper safety gear (helmet, harness, ferrata kit with double self-locking carabiners and energy absorbing systems); put on your helmet once you get near to the wall. Rocks might fall before you get to the start of the via ferrata.
  7. During progression always keep both carabiners clipped onto the safety cable and when you pass the anchor points make sure at least one is clipped on to each safety cable.
  8. Only one person may be on any length of cable between two anchor points.
  9. Wear clothing suited to the altitude, the season and the length of the route: hiking boots and ferrata gloves to protect you from contact with the metal parts.
  10. Pay special attention on the easy parts where there are no cables.
  11. Always check the condition of the bolts and cables on the wall as they can suffer damage in bad weather. If you even think you see any problems that might compromise safety, turn back and let us know about the situation at info@gardatrentino.it .
  12. Always evaluate a few important conditions: the proximity to other crowds, all the gears available and the preservation of the route. Beware, YOU are ultimately and solely responsible for taking this path and the safety rules and features that goes with it.
  13. These instructions are no substitute for the specific courses held by mountaineering associations or professional guides. Unless you have experience doing via ferratas, it is better to go accompanied by a mountain guide.

Emergency number 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
Drena - Parking place Riserva delle Marocche - SP 84


From the car park of the Marocche Nature Reserve (which is on your right as you come up the SP84 towards Drena), head down the main road. After a hundred metres you come to a dirt track with a signpost for Rio Sallagoni. Follow it and in a few minutes you are at the entrance of the canyon.


Get past the first rocky outcrop by heading up to the left of the waterfall withthe help of some stirrups, then begin the long crossing in the ravine wherethere are a few challenging sections for younger kids, until a more open areawith dense vegetation and waterfalls. You can stay on the path to the left sideof the ravine (3) or ford the stream and cross the waterfall on a Tibetan hangingbridge (4). In a few minutes along a series of steps you come to a passagebetween huge boulders (5) and shortly after, crossing a second Tibetan bridge(6) you come to a little wooden bridge across the stream. This is the end of thebolted section and in a short time the trail leads to Drena Castle. The ravinecontinues but for now it has no bolted chains (7).


From the castle, head west towards the Sarca Valley and down the trail which will take you back to the carpark.

public transportation

Drena is connected with the other towns in Garda Trentino by the number 304 intercity bus line. You can get off on request in the Marocche area on the way out and for the return trip there are two bus stops in via Roma. Details and timetables: www.gardatrentino.it 

How to get there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it  

Where to park
In the Marocche area there are two free car parks, one before the tamburello court and one immediately after.
  • technical mountain clothing   
  • hiking boots with Vibram or similar sole   
  • via ferrata gear   
  • harness   
  • helmet   
  • gloves   
  • pickaxe and crampons (when necessary)   
  • a length of rope (recommended)
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