Category: hiking
Difficulty: medium
Starting point:

Tignale, Pra dela Fam

End point:

Tignale, Pra dela Fam

Maps: “100 sentieri, 100 mondi” - Official map of trekking paths in Parco Alto Garda Bresciano.

750 m 779 m 10,5 Km 4,5 h

Tignale, Pra dela Fam

On foot:

The excursion starts from the lemon greenhouse "Pra dela Fam" (67 m above sea level), which testimonies the intense cultivation of lemon trees on lake Garda west bank since the 12th century. Walk under an arch with indications to path no. 260 – Oldesio and there you will see a splendid mule track that will take you beyond the rocky cliff. After a few metres, over a suggestive stone bridge, you go past the Forra del Torrente Baes to continue on a zigzagging path uphill enjoying the ample panoramic view on lake Garda and mount Baldo. At the end of the mule road (300 m above sea level), you will walk through an olive tree plantation on an untarmacked road that, once beyond path no. 265 from Aer, joins the Strada Provinciale 38 of Tignale. Cross the road and enter the village of Oldesio (signs for path no. 266). Continue uphill on the narrow village strees (with a fountain on your left) until you reach a hairpin bend going left, close by a parking area. The asphalted road (Via della Chiesa) reaches the village of Gardola near the Church (555 m above sea level). Walk along Via Roma uphill and you will find the beautiful Piazza Umberto I (with a fountain and a bar), turn right in Via XXIV maggio then again on the right in Via Trento. The trekking continues in Viale Europa to join Via Monte Baldo going swiftly uphill on the left. Close by the third bend (600 m above sea level), where the road is not asphalted, the track goes slightly downhill (no. 266). Enter a green area full of nut trees, ash and oak trees, and within a few minutes you are back to Strada Provinciale 38 (580 m above sea level) where you will see mount Cas covered in fir trees and black pines. Continue heading south for 200 m on the road, then turn on the path that at some points becomes a Way of the Cross headed to the sanctuary of Montecastello (683 m above sea level). This sanctuary deserves a visit inside, and offers a large panoramic terrace with a bar, overlooking the southern part of the lake. If you walk on path no. 266, in a few minutes you will find yourself on top of Monte Cas (779 m above sea level), going past a suggestive gallery excavated in the rock, with the eastern entrance facing a terrace rising steeply on the lake. On top of the mountain there is a cross built on the remains of a bunker from the Great War, very well preserved. Walking all the way back will take you to the starting point.



Not recommended on hot days 

Of naturalistic/geological interest 

Of historical/cultural interest  


By car:

Pra dela Fam is easily reachable from Salò or Riva del Garda on the of Strada Statale 45 bis Gardesana Occidentale. Parking available in “porto di Tignale” or along the roadside. Note that the parking spots are limited over the busy summer period.

Public transport:

bus service available from Brescia and Riva del Garda (www.arriva.it).

Safety tips:

Make sure you have the adequate gear and clothes for mountain trekking: a backpack (with drinking water, food, and clothes to protect you from the cold and the rain), trekking boots, long trousers, a pile jacket, a windproof raincoat, gloves and hat, even in case of fair weather.Check the weather forecast the day before your trip, as well as whether the path is open for trekking. During the excursion do not deviate from the signalled paths, and respect the environment. Take your waste back to the starting point, do not leave it along the path.The itineraries described here and the GPS tracks do not alert trekkers of possible dangers, nor indicate the only path available for excursions.

Emergency number: 112

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