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Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni

· 13 reviews · Fixed rope route · Garda Trentino · Open
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    Photo: G.P. Calzà, Garda Trentino
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    Photo: G.P. Calzà, Garda Trentino
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    Photo: G.P. Calzà, Garda Trentino
  • / Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni
    Photo: G.P. Calzà, Garda Trentino
  • / Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni
    Photo: G.P. Calzà, Garda Trentino
  • / Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni
    Photo: G.P. Calzà, Garda Trentino
  • / Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni
    Photo: G.P. Calzà, Garda Trentino
  • / Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni
    Photo: G.P. Calzà, Garda Trentino
  • / Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni
    Photo: G.P. Calzà, Garda Trentino
m 400 300 200 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 km Castel Drena
Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni goes through a canyon. You walk along the torrent and overcome the steep parts with stairs in the wall. 
Distance 2.3 km
2:00 h
192 m
192 m

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).

Author’s recommendation

Once you are in Drena, take the chance to visit the castle and the 25m high tower. 
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Update: May 25, 2021
B/C moderate
Highest point
Castello di Drena, 374 m
Lowest point
SP 84, 188 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Safety information

  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 .
  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.

Tips and hints

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


Drena - Parking place Riserva delle Marocche - SP 84 (211 m)


Castle of Drena

Turn-by-turn directions


From the car park of the Marocche Nature Reserve (which is on your rightas you come up the SP 84 towards Drena), head down the main road. After a hundred metres you come to a dirt track with a signpost for RioSallagoni. Follow it and in a few minutes you are at the entrance of the canyon.


You get past the first rocky outcrop by heading up to the left of the waterfall withthe help of some stirrups, then begin the long traverse in the ravine where there are a few more difficult sections for younger kids, until a more open area with dense vegetation and waterfalls. You can stay on the path to the left side of theravine (3) or ford the stream and cross the waterfall on a Tibetan hanging bridge (4). In a few minutes along a series of steps you come to a passage between huge boulders (5) and shortly after, crossing a second Tibetan bridge (6) you come to a little wooden bridge acrossthe stream. This is the end of the bolted section and in a short time the trail leads to Drena Castle. The ravine continues but for now it has no bolted chains, therefore it is closed (7).


From the Castle, head west towards the Sarca Valley and down the trailwhich will take you back to the carpark.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


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: 

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino:  


In the Marocche area there are two free car parks, one before the tamburello court and one immediately after.


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • Garda Trentino trekking map – On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole

Book recommendations for this region:

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  • 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)

Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Via ferrata set
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
  • Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
  • Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Questions and answers

Question from Carola Peuk · August 19, 2021 · Community
Can we go by ourselves. Is there a shop where we can rent the equipment?
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Answered by Michael Balters · August 19, 2021 · Community
Hello, you can walk the via ferrata on your own. It is not difficult and very beautiful. There are many climbing shops in Arco. Is xa 8 km away.
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Question from Joachim Hantschel · May 18, 2021 · Community
Guten Morgen, wo bekommt man einen Sicherungsgurt ?? Grüße Joachim
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Buongiorno, Sie können sich an unsere Bergführer anwenden, sie vermieten auch Sicherungsgurt.,r-fullyTranslatedLangus-,sb-sortedBy-0
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Tina Sun 
July 26, 2021 · Community
Superschön! Unser Kind musste mit 1,27m an einigen Stellen hangeln, da das Seil zu hochhängt. Und so mussten wir ein paar Mal „umhängen“. Aber war kein Problem - wir fanden ihn toll :-)
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Thorsten Smith
July 25, 2021 · Community
Sehr schöner Klettersteig, trotz der B/C Einstufung eher was für Anfänger oder Kinder. Auf jeden Fall eine schöne, kurze und abwechslungsreiche Tour
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When did you do this route? July 24, 2021
Photo: Thorsten Smith, Community
Photo: Thorsten Smith, Community
Thomas Panzer
December 23, 2020 · Community
Toller KS durch die Schlucht unterhalb der Burg von Drena. Nie schwer, jedoch für Kinder unter 1,5 Meter problematisch, da die Tritthilfen und das Sicherungsseil teilweise recht weit auseiander sind. Die Drei-Seilbrücken können umgangen werden, dann macht es allerdings nur halb so viel Spass. Und ja, der KS ist regelmäßig überlaufen. Ideale Zeiten sind ganz Früh, oder sehr spät am Abend. Auch mit Stirnlampe bestimmt ein tolles Erlebnis.
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Photo: Thomas Panzer, Community
Photo: Thomas Panzer, Community
Photo: Thomas Panzer, Community
Photo: Thomas Panzer, Community
Photo: Thomas Panzer, Community
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B/C moderate
2.3 km
2:00 h
192 m
192 m
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