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Hidden Treasures: From the medieval village of Canale to Calvola

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  • Canale di Tenno
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  • / The medioeval village Canale di Tenno
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This is a short trail which joins the medieval village of Canale, counted among the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy”, to Calvola, a little hamlet overlooking Lake Garda
Distance 1.6 km
0:30 h
52 m
52 m
622 m
570 m

The medieval village of Canale is counted among the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy”. It is a concentrated mixture of history, art and tradition, preserved virtually intact to the present day.  Its solid stone houses, vaulted archways, underpasses, narrow laneways and wooden balconies are the perfect illustration of the rural architecture of the area. Here you will find the "Casa degli Artisti": opened in the 1960s, it offers hospitality to artists in search of inspiration, who in return, donated one of their works. Today, the Casa hosts exhibitions, workshop and all manner of activities open to the public.


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Update: October 05, 2020
Highest point
622 m
Lowest point
570 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Canale di Tenno medieval village
Agritur Calvola

Safety information

The Hidden Treasures itineraries were designed in order to give visitors a chance to get to know places in Garda Trentino that are off the beaten track. For this reason, the signposting is not always in the same style and sometimes missing altogether. We therefore recommend you to take a good map with you on these excursions. And then bear in mind your general reference points: Lake Garda = South, Monte Stivo = East, Rocchetta = West, Arco Castle = North.

The telephone number for the emergency services is 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

  • There are two events organised in Canale every year which are a must for anyone in the area. In mid-August, there is the “Rustico Medioevo” festival: one of the top medieval-themed events in Trentino, for an entire week, the streets of the village are filled with performances, local food and wine, and medieval music. In winter, Canale hosts the traditional Christmas Market. Here the stalls are set up in the old stables and cellars of the traditional stone houses and sell only typical Trento produce and handicrafts. For further information:
  • For more information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 -


Parking by Canale (570 m)
45.929523, 10.825247
45°55'46.3"N 10°49'30.9"E
32T 641511 5087836


Parking by Canale

Turn-by-turn directions

Start from the parking lot near Canale. Follow the signs and take the paved path that climbs towards the village. Immediately on the right you fill find Casa Artisti, and the village square just beyond. Keep right and continue until you reach the Agricultural Tools Museum. Leaving the village, continue towards Calvola. Just outside Canale, a short detour on the right leads to the monument to the "Strambevie", depicting four villagers engaged in a neighborhood meeting. The monument celebrates the “Vicinia”: an institution of medieval origin still active in Ville del Monte. From here continue along the road in the direction of Calvola, keep going straight on until you reach the fountain near the church of S. Giovanni. In front of the church, take the portico to reach a panoramic point with view on Lake Garda. To return to the starting point, follow the same route backwards.



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Public transport


Tenno and lake Tenno are connected to Riva del Garda and Ponte Arche by an infrequent daily bus. Info and timetables:

In the summer season you can also use the BiciBusTrek service from and to Riva and Torble (booking is advised at the Garda Trentino Tourist Offices – info and timetables:

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino:


Free parking spaces can be found near Canale


45.929523, 10.825247
45°55'46.3"N 10°49'30.9"E
32T 641511 5087836
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • The “Hidden Treasures” brochure is available free of charge in the tourist information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole sul Garda

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This excursion is quite simple and presents no particular difficulty. However, we still recommend you to wear suitable footwear, a hat, sun screen and sunglasses. And be sure to bring water!

Basic Equipment for Hiking

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

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Chris Ta 
September 28, 2020 · Community
Netter Spaziergang, den wir mit der Rundtour um den Lago di Tenno kombiniert haben. Leider hat es mangels Reservierung in der Agricultur nicht mit dem Mittagessen geklappt. Das scheint Sonntags auch eine von den Einheimischen stark besuchte Lokalität zu sein. Direkt am Tennosee gibt es aber mehrere Cafés und Lokale.
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When did you do this route? September 27, 2020
Blick auf Riva und Gardasee
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Dörte Casino 
May 28, 2020 · Community
Eine wunderschöne Tour. Wir haben sie sehr genossen.
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When did you do this route? September 27, 2019
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Blick auf Riva und Gardasee
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1.6 km
0:30 h
52 m
52 m
Highest point
622 m
Lowest point
570 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Family-friendly Suitable for strollers


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