The fortifications of Monte Brione

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Adventure
Landscape
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The fortification of the Monte Brione - Riva del Garda

Panoramic hiking trail that starts from the harbour in Riva del Garda, follows the so called 'Sentiero della Pace' and bring you to the fortifications of the first world war on the Monte Brione. Wonderful view of Lake Garda and the surrounding mountains.

Starting Point

Riva del Garda (TN), Rovereto street, near Porto San Nicolò harbour.

End point

Riva del Garda, Porto San Nicolò.

On the way

Riva del Garda Porto S.Nicolò (65mt), Forte Garda (185mt), Batteria di Mezzo (350mt), Monte Brione (360mt), Riva del Garda Porto S. Nicolò (65mt)

Access to the starting point

By car : From the A22 highway choose exit Rovereto Sud and follow the directions for Riva del Garda; Porto San Nicolò is the harbour that you find on the left side as soon as you enter Riva del Garda

Bus : From Trento, Rovereto, Verona, Peschiera there are daily buses to Riva del Garda

Ferry Boat: from April to October Riva del Garda is connected with the main cities of the lake; for info call 800-551801

Parking area

Riva del Garda (TN), Porto San Nicolò

Trail description

The trail starts from the parking area of Porto San Nicolò in Riva del Garda. Close to the harbour you can find the Forte San Nicolò, a military construction built in the 1861 by the Austro-Ungaric empire and expanded in 1911. Just behind the construction, some stairs bring you to the Monte Brione, an information signboard describes the locations of the military fortifications in the area and the direction of the so called 'Sentiero della Pace'.

The trail is unpaved and there are steps along the way; there are some benches where you can stop and look down at the beautiful view of Lake Garda. The trail runs along the side of the Mount Brione and through olive trees that are typical of the area; almost the entire path is protect by a metal cord.

In about 30 minutes, you will reach Forte Garda. This Fort was built at the beginning of the last century (1904 – 1907) and could accomodate up to 200 soldiers; it was a strategic point for the military defense during the First World War.

From the Fort, the trail continues and you can reach the another military construction, the 'Batteria di Mezzo' built by the Austro-Ungaric soldiers in the early 1900s. Here you are almost at the top of Monte Brione and the view of the lake and the sorrounding mountains is spectacular. You can return to Riva del Garda along the same path or from the paved road just behind the military construction.

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