Footsteps of faith
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Sulle strade della fedePhoto: Fototeca Trentino Sviluppo foto di A. Russolo, North Lake Garda Trentino
A walk through the Bleggio region to discover the surrounding hamlets and places of faith: from quaint little churches painted by the Baschenis to the majestic church of S. Croce with its Roman crypt and the chapel guarding inside the miraculous cross, passing numerous shrines and prayer corners, signs of an ancient rural world where faith often blended with legends and superstition.
Itinerary: Ponte Arche, Bono, Gallio, Santa Croce, Duvredo, Vergonzo, Biè, Ponte Arche (shortcut from Bono, to Sesto, Biè, Ponte Arche).
The route is marked with orange footprints.
Felice’s church in Bono, a small jewel embellished with frescoes by the Baschenis.
- Choose itineraries that suit your physical and technical abilities. Collect information about the area you are visiting and the trail’s conditions and get a detailed trekking map.
- Wear clothes and take equipment that suit the difficulty and length of your tour. Keep emergency gear in your rucksack, including first aid supplies.
- Do not go walking alone in the mountains. In any case, tell someone where you are going and report back on returning.
- Look at the weather forecast before setting off and always keep an eye on the weather.
- In case of doubt, go back. It is better to give up than risk bad weather or face difficulties beyond your strength, ability and equipment.
- Do not leave marked paths and do not take shortcuts.
- All described walks are in a natural environment and therefore their use is at your own risk.
This information is subject to inevitable variations, so none of these 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, it is advisable to check environment and weather conditions before setting out.
Tips and hints
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From Giardino Al Sarca take the footpath that runs along the entire river Duina and continue uphill until you reach the Carabinieri station. After passing the station, proceed until you come to a small wooden bridge, cross the bridge and continue along the forest road, which is initially flat and then becomes steeper to reach the crop fields. Walk along the borders of an apple orchard towards Bono, a typical rural village of the Giudicarie area, catching glimpses of picturesque rural houses, fountains and balconies decorated with corncobs and farming tools. In Bono, you’ll find San Felice’s church surrounded by crop fields. Continue towards Gallio and Santa Croce, guided by the bell tower standing out against the sky.
The town is named after the legendary thaumaturgic cross held inside the church chapel, commemorated with an imposing monument erected at the front of the parish. The itinerary continues uphill to reach the small village of Duvredo following the sign for Castel Restor and Vergonzo. To visit the ruins of Castle Restor join a 400-metre-long detour which will reward you with far-reaching views of the villages dotted around. To re-join the original trail descend directly to Vergonzo. Pass through the houses and the cultivated land to arrive in Biè where you will find San Nicolò’s church. Follow the signs leading to Ponte Arche turning left, then go on through cultivated fields until the end of the paved road, where you suddenly have to turn left and take the trail that begins in the nearby wood (MTB signage). The itinerary descends among majestic beech trees and intersects a forest road confining with a field surrounded by woods. Here turn right and at the next crossroad turn left; after traversing another part of wood you will arrive at the industrial area of Ponte Arche. Cross the road and walk on the footpath heading towards the centre of the town. When you arrive near the square turn left on the bridge and then right to arrive to the thermal park. From there you can reach the point of departure in a few minutes crossing the wooden pedestrian bridge.
The area around Comano is connected by the intercity bus lines 211 (Riva del Garda - Tenno - Fiavè - Ponte Arche) and 201 (Trento - Ponte Arche - Campiglio – Tione) to the other places in Garda Trentino.
Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.
From Ponte Arche tourism board descend on the road that goes towards the Park of the Thermae. After 50 metres you will find a car park, that will be the starting point of this tour.
Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.
You can park at the Spa parking along the SS237 road.
Author’s map recommendations
Garda Trentino TREKKING Map – Available in the info points of Garda Trentino (Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Ledro, Comano Terme)
You need to wear 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?
Your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do) should contain:
- water canteen (1L)
- snacks (e.g. mixed dried fruit or chocolate)
- First aid kit
- windproof jacket
- change of t-shirt and socks (in a plastic bag)
- make sure to wear or at least bring a pair of long trousers
- sun screen
- whistle to attract attention in an emergency
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.
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