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Via Ferrata Signora delle Acque - Rio Ruzza

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A new via ferrata close to the Rio Ruzza waterfall, completed and reopened in August 2019. Now, the route is definitely more difficult and suitable for experienced climbers.

The most recent of all the via ferratas, short but absolutely spectacular. This is the classic modern ferrata where, apart from following the  weak points of the wall, there is a concentration on the most spectacular passages, at times, creating these ex novo. It is the only ferrata which cannot be seen from the valley floor ans is only visible once you reach the starting point. It takes you up the ravine of the Rio Ruzza waterfall on the right side of the Ballino Valley.

After a pleasant walk through the woods, you will soon hear the sound of running water, and just around the corner, you come upon the high wall delved by the waterfall. This ferrata, sheer and athletic, climbs at times to the left, then switches to the right of the waterfall, connected by airy, photogenic hanging bridges. After an hour or so you come to the top where a forest trail leads you back down to Ballino.


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: Guides – Via ferratas with the experts 

For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda: Garda Trentino - +39 0464 554444


Route info
Route number
5,2 km
3 h 00 min
Altitude difference (+)
298 m
Altitude difference (-)
299 m
Physical effort
Highest point
1.050 m
Lowest point
752 m

This via ferrata is a marvellous chance to cool down on a hot summer afternoon

Safety guidelines

Safety Tips

  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.
  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 in case of rock falls.
  7. During progression always keep both carabiners clipped onto the safety cable and when you pass the anchor points make sure at least one carabiner 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 and hiking boots suited to the altitude, the season and the length of the route and ferrata gloves.
  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.
  12. Carefully evaluate the crowding conditions and the state of preservation of the safety gear on the via ferrata. Beware, YOU are ultimately and solely responsible for undertaking a via ferrata safely and responsibly.

Emergency telephone 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

From the centre of Ballino follow directions for Cascata Sajant and in 20 minutes you come to the foot of the waterfall and the base of the ferrata (put on your helmet before approaching the wall – risk of falling stones).


A short ferrata but a strenuous and challenging one in a setting of greatbeauty beside the Rio Ruzza waterfall. Once you get over the first verticalstretch to the right of the waterfall (1), a series of rungs and a wire bridge (2)lead to a Tibetan bridge (3) which allows you to cross the hanging pool (4)at the foot of the main water fall.This first section is not particularly hard. Thesecond section (5) begins before the Tibetan bridge, and this is decidedly morechallenging and spectacular. The ferrata leads up a long vertical rock facewith a slight overhang on the right hand side of the waterfall. The vertical ascent is interrupted by short traverses on wire bridges (6) and at some points the metal rungs give way to footholds cut into the rock (7). This takes you to a ladder suspended over the drop (8) leading to the startof a typical Tibetan bridge which crosses the waterfall over 100 m abovethe ground. After another short stretch of rock, a second Tibetan bridge (10)leads to the final rock wall which tops out by the forest road that takes youback to Ballino.

Not suitable for beginners or children (even experienced climbers have to watch out because on some sections the safety cable is a bit too far of a stretch for younger children).

April-November (avoid when there is snow on the slopes aboveor ice which can come down from the waterfall)


Follow the forestry road to go back.

public transportation

Ballino is connected by the intercity bus line 211 (Riva del Garda - Tenno - Fiavè - Ponte Arche).

Attention! Buses are not very frequent!

Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.


How to get there

Ballino is about 15 km from Riva del Garda. It can be reached by taking the state road 421 towards Tenno / Terme di Comano.

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.


Where to park

Reserved parking area for the Via Ferrata with entrance along the SS421 (main road).

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 absolutely have with you on a via ferrata tour?

  • rucksack (25/30L capacity) for a day trip
  • 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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