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Path of the Defensionmauer

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  • Belvedere degli Innamorati - Sentiero del Ponale
    / Belvedere degli Innamorati - Sentiero del Ponale
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Defensionmauer
    Photo: F. Novali, Garda Trentino
  • / Defensionmauer
    Photo: F. Novali, Garda Trentino
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The “Defensionmauer” was the defensive wall built before WWI in the area of Sperone against possible attacks by the Italian infantry and was armed with machine guns.  
Distance 8.8 km
5:00 h
400 m
400 m

The path to reach the first trenches is easy but a little bit exposed; there are a big embrasure excavated in the rock, the entrance of a gallery (be careful and have a torch if you visit it) and all around trenches and rock walls. 

After that, starts the Defensionmauer, a trail digged in the mountain side and if necessary covered by concrete to hide it from the enemy. The several openings allowed the Austrian to dominate the valley and fire the Italians on the other mountain side.  

Author’s recommendation

This walk is a special tip for history lovers, but also for those, who want to admire Lake Garda 
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Update: July 29, 2021
Highest point
Defensionmauer, 449 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 66 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Rest Stop

Ponale Alto Belvedere

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

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Via Monte Oro - Riva del Garda (68 m)
45.883959, 10.838918
45°53'02.3"N 10°50'20.1"E
32T 642688 5082798


Via Monte Oro - Riva del Garda

Turn-by-turn directions

You walk up the path of the Ponale until you reach the Valle dello Sperone, where you take the path 405 which is on the right. You continue until the junction for Cima Capi and then take the path on the left 472. Here you proceed among the rocky crags of the Rocchetta and the fortified Defensionmauer. To return you take the direction for Biacesa, or you can follow the small path going down to the famous “Z” of the Ponale leading back to Riva del Garda.


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Public transport


The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda, Nago and Arco – are connected by a number of urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings. You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service. 

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




Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino



Free parking in Riva del Garda at the old hospital (via Rosmini) and the old cemetery (Viale D. Chiesa).

Pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths, Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, shopping center Blue Garden.


45.883959, 10.838918
45°53'02.3"N 10°50'20.1"E
32T 642688 5082798
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.

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8.8 km
5:00 h
400 m
400 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Insider tip


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