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A classic hike of Garda Trentino: Monte Stivo

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  • View from Monte Stivo
    / View from Monte Stivo
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  • / Monte Stivo - Horses
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  • / Cows at Malga Stivo
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  • / On the top of Monte Stivo
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  • / Monte Stivo
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  • / Trekking Monte Stivo
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Monte Stivo dominates Garda Trentino, and from its summit you have one of the most spectacular views over Lake Garda and the surrounding valleys.
Distance 4.8 km
2:45 h
808 m
5 m
2,038 m
1,231 m

The trail soon takes you above the woods and onto the wide open pastures which cover the summit of Monte Stivo and are clearly visible from the Basso Sarca. You are likely to come across cows and horses grazing on the pastures. Monte Stivo is an imposing presence in Basso Sarca, its bulk towering above the "Busa" (the flat lands between Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole).

Proverbs in local dialect bear witness to the importance of this mountain in the life of the community, with expressions like "When Stivo has its hat on, either it's going to rain or the sun's coming out soon” (Quando el Stif el g'ha el capel o che'l piove o che'l fa bel".) The “hat” is the crown of cloud which covers the peak of the mountain and is a sign of variable weather.

There is an observation/viewing point near the mountain hut which identifies all the surrounding peaks from Monte Baldo to the south, the Ledro Alps to the southwest, the Adamello glaciers, Carè Alto and Presanella to the northwest, the Brenta Dolomites to the north, the lesser Dolomites, Lagorai and Pasubio chain to the east. 

Author’s recommendation

On clear days, in the space of just 70 km, you can see an incredible difference in elevation which ranges across all the landscapes of Trentino: from the 64 metres above sea level at Lake Garda to the summit of Ortles at 3905 metres!
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Valentina Bellotti
Update: July 30, 2021
Highest point
Monte Stivo, 2,038 m
Lowest point
Sant'Antonio, 1,231 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Rest stops

Rifugio Prospero Marchetti

Safety information

The trail presents no particular technical difficulties but it is always a high altitude hike.

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

For more information on routes and hike services, guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation: all about trekking in Garda Trentino- Tel. +39 0464 554444 


Sant'Antonio (1,230 m)
45.900813, 10.947751
45°54'02.9"N 10°56'51.9"E
32T 651087 5084871


Monte Stivo

Turn-by-turn directions

From Arco head for the village of Bolognano and up the Monte Velo road as far as Santa Barbara. Here turn left onto the tarmac road for Sant’Antonio and continue until you come to the car park where you can leave your car. Take the tarmac road (marked SAT 608B). After a few hundred metres you start to climb towards Prese, where the slopes of Monte Stivo open out before you. A dirt track SAT 608 leads to Malga Stivo pasture and from there a steep trail takes you to the mountain hut Rifugio Marchetti. From there it is only 10 minutes to the summit of Monte Stivo. Go back the way you came.


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Getting there

From Bolognano, a district of Arco, take the road for Monte Velo and the Santa Barbara pass. Alternatively, you can reach the pass by taking the road which goes from Loppio to Val di Gresta. Once you get to the fountain in Santa Barbara, turn left and follow directions for Sant'Antonio.


Free parking in Sant'Antonio (near the information panels at the mountain hut)


45.900813, 10.947751
45°54'02.9"N 10°56'51.9"E
32T 651087 5084871
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: 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.

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Jacopo Spezia
November 01, 2020 · Community
Un classico del Garda. Consigliato sia per la camminata che per il panorama che si può ammirare Rifugio top
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Stefan Strunk 
October 05, 2018 · Community
Großartige Tour mit schöner Aussicht auf den Gardasee und den anderen Bergen. Lohnenswert. Beim Aufstieg kann eine Variante gewählt werden, bei Le Prese (Höhe ca. 1.500m) in direkter Linie über den Bergrücken dem schmalen Pfad hinauf zum Monte Stivo folgen. Durch die Nähe zum Bergkamm hat man bereits im Aufstieg schöne Tiefblicke in Richtung Osten. Im Sommer wird diese Tour auf den Monte Stivo sicherlich sehr heiss, da es nur auf den ersten 300 Hm Schatten gibt.
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Monte Stivo vom Parkplatz aus
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Aussicht vom Gipfel aus auf den Gardasee
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Blick Richtung Südost
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Blick Richtung Brenta
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Ben Joseph 
August 15, 2017 · Community
Monte Stivo
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4.8 km
2:45 h
808 m
5 m
Highest point
2,038 m
Lowest point
1,231 m
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