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5 Beautiful walks around Lake Garda

3 June 2015

Italy's largest lake and popular tourist destination, Lake Garda, offers a huge variety of walking trails to suit all abilities. Lake Garda boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of Italy. The shores of Lake Garda offer a multitude of trekking, hiking and gentle strolling options to suit everybody. Walking around Lake Garda varies depending on your location. So spend your days getting to know the area and admiring the natural beauty during your holiday to Lake Garda. 

The western shore has a number of routes suitable for the experienced trekker. The route from Campione to Prabione takes roughly four hours, along which you will pass through a stunning valley, picturesque woods and past the Alto Garda Park.

On the northern shores, trekking routes take you past some of the historic forts dotted around Lake Garda. A trek around the Mount Brione Forts will guide you past remains of observation posts, communication trenches, military roads and combat trenches dating back to 1852.

Ponale Trail

This trail along the northern shore gives you wonderful views of the lake and can be completed all year round. Beginning at Riva del Garda head south until you come to the beginning of the path on the right before the tunnel. This path winds its way along the shore of the lake overlooking the water, you will come across numerous photo opportunities and see some stunning views of the landscape. At the end of the path is a bridge, here you can decide to continue up towards Lake Ledro to the right or go down to Pregasina. This walk will take roughly an hour and a half - depending on how many times you stop to admire the views!

Busatte – Tempesta Trail

This route involves quite a few metal staircases, four hundred in total, as it winds its way along the shore of the lake. A great choice for nature lovers, the trail looks out over the lake as it heads from Park Busatte.

Marocche Trail

This is a really interesting walk through the mountains surrounding the lake. It makes its way over 'The Biotape Marocche', formed by large landslides during the last ice age, the area resembles a lunar landscape. Entrance points to the area are signposted, and walkers will be surprised by the vast differences in the landscape of this area. Look out for the recently discovered dinosaur footprints

Bosco Caproni Trail

Begin at the San Martino church and follow the road to Troiana. When you reach a small carpark take the mule trail up the valley. This route provides wonderful views of the Sarca Valley, and is rated at a medium difficulty. 

Monte Baldo

From the pretty lake side town of Malcesine it's possible to hike up Monte Baldo, quite an intense hike. But there is also the option of taking the Funivia, or cable car to the top of the mountain. From here you have panoramic views over Lake Garda and the surrounding mountain ranges. There is a short walk along the Tratto Spino towards a beautiful viewpoint. You can choose to hike back down the mountain, or hop back in the Funivia to the bottom.

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