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20. Busatte – Tempesta Trail, a classic of Garda Trentino

· 16 reviews · Mountain tour · Garda Trentino
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  • Busatte - Tempesta
    / Busatte - Tempesta
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  • / The Busatte - Tempesta trail
    Photo: Manuela Bertolini, Garda Trentino
  • / Torbole
    Photo: F. Staropoli ©APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Along the Busatte - Tempesta trail
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino - Foto A. Seneci, Garda Trentino
  • / Trail Busatte-Tempesta: the stairs
    Photo: A. Fava ©APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / View from the Trail Busatte-Tempesta
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  • / mountain hike at Lake Garda: 20. Busatte – Tempesta Trail, a classic of Garda Trentino
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The Busatte - Tempesta Trail is one of the most well-known and popular hikes in the area. 
Distance 8.1 km
3:25 h
305 m
306 m

The trek leads up a steep mountainside sheer above the lake through dense Mediterranean vegetation. The main feature of this hiking trail are the marvellous views and the iron ladders on the steep walls of rock overlooking lake Garda: they counts more than 400 steps, so be ready to climb! 

At the end of the path you can walk back taking the forest road or continue on the road to the bus stop on the main road to go back by bus. 

Author’s recommendation

Curious fact: during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Tempesta actually marked the Italian border.
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Update: July 30, 2021
Highest point
Stairs, 369 m
Lowest point
Tempesta, 152 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Safety information

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


Busatte Park - Torbole sul Garda (156 m)
45.865944, 10.881531
45°51'57.4"N 10°52'53.5"E
32T 646042 5080874



Turn-by-turn directions

From Park Busatte’s grassy area you head off for a spectacular hike along the Busatte–Tempesta trail, a  nature route overhanging the lake which winds for 4 km and includes flights of metal stairs with a total of  400 steps.  The route is mostly even with two climbs: Corno di Bò and Salt de la Cavra. This 90 minute hike through  wonderful scenery, right above the lake in the midst of nature, flowers and geological phenomena, leads  you to Tempesta.

From here you walk back to Torbole: at the junction with the road leading down to Tempesta, just go up the road till you reach againg the Busatte - Tempesta path near the first stairs or you can descend to Tempesta and the main road and go back to Torbole by bus of the A.P.T.V. line. 


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


To get back to Torbole from Tempesta you can take the buses on the  Verona - Malcesine - Riva del Garda line. 
Bus tickets can be bought on board the bus with a supplementary charge or can be bought in advance at the Garda Trentino Tourist Information Offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole.

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes.

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino


There is free car parking in the Busatte park


45.865944, 10.881531
45°51'57.4"N 10°52'53.5"E
32T 646042 5080874
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 

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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):

  • water canteen (1L)
  • snacks (e.g. mixed dried fruit or chocolate)
  • First aid kit
  • windproof jacket
  • fleece
  • change of t-shirt and socks (in a plastic bag)
  • make sure to wear or at least bring a pair of long trousers
  • hat
  • sun screen
  • sunglasses
  • gloves
  • whistle to attract attention in an emergency

emergency telephone number Mountain Rescue 112


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.

And finally...
... 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.

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • 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
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • 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 Gerard Versseput · September 10, 2019 · Community
My wife is blind and Wales with her guidedog. Can she do this trail?
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Answered by Valentina Bellotti · September 10, 2019 · Garda Trentino
Hello Mr. Versseput, the trail in general is not difficult, but there are more than 400 steps on metal ladders, so it depends on her confidence with walking on different surfaces. Moreover, the ladders are made of a metal grill so we know that some dogs can have problems with the feeling of emptiness. I hope this is helpful!
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Francesco Moreschi
August 19, 2021 · Community
Fatto con mia figlia di 9 anni, percorso facile e panorami fantastici
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Wolfgang Ritz 
June 30, 2021 · Community
Super tolle Wanderung für groß und klein. wer sich den Bus sparen möchte, einfach auf halben Weg umdrehen.
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When did you do this route? June 30, 2021
Photo: Wolfgang Ritz, Community
Markus Reinhart
May 27, 2021 · Community
Eine sehr schöne, einfache und kurze Tour die gut ausgeschildert ist. Wir sind die Tour im Mai 2021 gelaufen und es war Corona bedingt sehr wenig los. Für den Auf- und Abstieg benötigt man jeweils 25 Minuten. Die Busfahrzeiten auf dem Foto stimmen immer noch. Wir haben uns nach diesen Zeiten bei der Wanderung angepasst. Die Bustickets zurück nach Torbole haben 4,40€ ( 2 Personen) gekostet. Fazit: sehr empfehlenswert
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Photo: Markus Reinhart, Community
Photo: Markus Reinhart, Community
Photo: Markus Reinhart, Community
Photo: Markus Reinhart, Community
Photo: Markus Reinhart, Community
Photo: Markus Reinhart, Community
Photo: Markus Reinhart, Community
Photo: Markus Reinhart, Community
Photo: Markus Reinhart, Community
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