The Great War left indelible traces all over Garda Trentino and here they are clearly visible and tangible. In this area you can see the vast forces brought into play by the Austro-Hungarian army in order to protect this crucial border, constructing defences which from our modern perspective are hard to believe were possible.
The many branches of the tunnels, closed off to the public for safety reasons are proof of the intentions of the Austro-Hungarian army to further expand the fortifications and unite the lower and upper parts of the tunnel system
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At Biacesa you take the trail SAT 417 which soon turns into a cobbled mule trail running up the mountainside. When you come to the junction, follow directions for SAT 460 leading to the Chapel of San Giovanni which was rebuilt in the 1980s. Nearby you can see the shelter Bivacco Arcioni, called after Lieutenant Francesco Arcioni who died in this area in 1916. From the chapel follow directions for "Gallerie di guerra" or WWI tunnels (SAT 471) to explore the Austro-Hungarian defence posts on Cima Rocca
From here you can go down by the bolted via ferrata (signposted SAT 471A) or else go back to the turn-off at the third tunnel and from there back the way you came. You head back down on trail SAT 417
You can get to Biacesa by bus on the Riva del Garda - Valle di Ledro line.
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This trail involves stretches classified EEA which means you must come equipped with via ferrata kit and a torch.
This trail not only requires adequate equipment but also technical know-how and a considerable level of fitness.
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):
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.
... 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.
|Activity time||3 h 30 min|
|Height difference||510 m|
|Activity time||5 h 56 min|
|Height difference||424 m|