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Great War: Cima Nodice and the “Scala Santa” or Holy Stairs

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  • / View from Pregasina
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A short hike in the mountains sheer above Lake Garda following the trail of the First World War
Distance 3.2 km
1:44 h
313 m
313 m
827 m
533 m

This itinerary ,which can be extended in the direction of the Bal and Nara peaks, gives you a chance to discover some of the lesser known trails in Garda Trentino which in addition to breathtaking views also have clearly visible traces of the Great War

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The top of Monte Nodice is scattered with trenches and defence posts in caves built during the First World War. There are even writings left on the cave walls by the soldiers!
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Valentina Bellotti
Update: July 30, 2021
Highest point
Nodice, 827 m
Lowest point
Pregasina, 533 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Safety information

The trails SAT 429 e 429A are classified EE, so only suitable for experienced hikers. 

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

  • You can continue from Cima Nodice on a tour of the peaks which is challenging but well worth the effort. From Bocca de Lé take the trail SAT 430 which runs along the ridge linking the peaks Bal, Nara and Guil and comes down to the Passo Guil mountain pass. From there, turn right onto SAT 422 to Passo Rochetta mountain pass. From here you can go back to Pregasina along trail 422 or else continue on to Punta Larici, a spectacular viewing point with a panoramic view of all of Lake Garda. From here you head back down on SAT 422A and rejoin 422B which takes you down to the town
  • The overall hike has an elevation gain over 1000 metres, takes about 6 hours, and presents exposed stretches along the ridges. It is therefore only recommended for experienced hikers. There are also no stop-off points for refreshments along the trail so you have to bring your own water and snacks.
  • For more information on routes and hike services, guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation: all about trekking in Garda Trentino- Tel. +39 0464 554444 


Pregasina (542 m)
45.849995, 10.823156
45°51'00.0"N 10°49'23.4"E
32T 641551 5078997


Cima Nodice

Turn-by-turn directions

From the church in Pregasina follow a short stretch of mule track southwards until you come to the first junction: here you turn off onto SAT 422 which heads up steeply through the woods. At the junction in Tof continue on SAT 429 until you come to the turn-off marked 429A. This stretch takes you towards the Scala Santa (where steps are cut directly into the rock) and the Nodice peak, a spectacular viewing point overlooking Lake Garda, Valle di Ledro and the surrounding peaks. Along the way you will come across what were once barracks and trenches during the First World War. Head back the way you came.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Riva del Garda and Pregasina are served by an extra-urban bus line (bus line to Ledro - stop by the bridge)

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

N.B. Buses are not very frequent!


Getting there

Pregasina is about 12 km from Riva del Garda. From Riva, follow directions for Valle di Ledro (strada statale 240). Shortly after you come out of the tunnel, you come to the turn-off for Pregasina on your left. 


Car park near the church in Pregasina


45.849995, 10.823156
45°51'00.0"N 10°49'23.4"E
32T 641551 5078997
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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On the "Scala Santa" or Holy Stairs there is a fixed rope to facilitate the ascent; the trail is fairly easy all the same and there is no need for ferrata gear.

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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3.2 km
1:44 h
313 m
313 m
Highest point
827 m
Lowest point
533 m
Out and back Scenic Cultural/historical interest Summit route Secured passages


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