The Chapel of Santa Barbara - Riva del Garda
Hiking trail to the St. Barbara Chapel. This picturesque chapel was built by the miners during the construction of the Hydroelectrical power plant. Wonderful view of the lake and Riva del Garda downtown.
Riva del Garda (TN), Monte Oro street – Bastione street
Riva del Garda downtown, there is only one path to an from the chapel to Riva.
On the way
Riva del Garda (65mt), Bastione (200mt), S.Barbara Hut (570mt), S.Barbara Church (620mt), Riva del Garda (65mt)
Access to the starting point
By car : From the A22 highway choose exit Rovereto Sud and follow the directions for Riva del Garda; in Riva del Garda look for a parking place near the town center; from the A4 highway chose exit Brescia East if you come from the West or Peschiera if you come from the East and follow the directions for 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
Riva del Garda (TN), Monte Oro street
The Santa Barbara chapel is visible from the town of Riva del Garda, on the mountain, just above the old Bastione. The church was built during the construction of the hydroelectrical plant in 1925 and it is dedicated to the patron saint of the miners. The pipes connect the Ledro lake to the Garda lake and the water is forced to the power plant for the production of the electricity. Close to the chapel the Santa Barbara hut is opened some weekends during the year.
The starting point of the trail is Monte Oro street in Riva del Garda, in the direction of the Bastione that it is easily reachable in 15-20 minutes walking along a paved road. Here the path starts rising and following the indications for the 404 trail you can reach the chapel in approximately 1 hour. There are several panoramic points of the town, the lake and the mountains all around, and the view from the church is unforgettable.
The return is along the same path back to Riva del Garda.