Exposed via ferrata tour along the old smugglers' path "Percorso alpinistico Massimiliano Torti" with fantastic views over Lake Garda
The panoramic via ferrata, nicknamed "Strade degli banditi" (bandit trail), was probably created by smugglers in the last century. It leads us from a platform above the Hotel Pier over partly extremely exposed ledges to the old access road to Pregàsina, the Strada del Ponale. During this trip, we always enjoy the beautiful view over Lake Garda, the city of Riva del Garda and the surrounding mountains. The path is not very demanding, but many parts of the path are not belayed, some not at all. Therefore, we can only recommend this route for experienced climbers who are not afraid of heights.
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We start our tour in the mountain village of Pregàsina. From the parking space at the Hotel Rosalpina, we follow a narrow path towards the south, which runs steadily and sometimes quite steeply downhill over several serpentines. Passing two electricity pylons we finally reach a platform. A narrow path leads down to the Hotel Pier. But we stay left and continue to the entrance of the Percorso alpinistico Massimiliano Torti that is located behind a rocky edge. Over the first ledge, we climb up. The path leads without belay directly along the steep rock face. In the further course of the path, there are numerous bolts in the wall for belay. After about one-third of the way, we come to the first crux, an exposed traverse to the right (C). Then we continue uphill until we reach a rope ladder (B/C). As the path continues, we finally reach a point where the ledge is interrupted. With the help of a double rope, we venture the step to the right (C) and thus reach the last ledge, which, like the rest of the climb, is protected from rockfall. A short time later we reach a bronze tablet marking the exit (or the entrance - the path can be walked in both directions). We continue on a narrow path that leads us downhill over a cliff. In a bend, we gain height again and finally reach a small viewing platform, from which we can already see the old Ponale street and the restaurant Ponale Alto Belvedere. We now follow a path up the rock massif that takes us in a big bend over to the restaurant. From here, you can take the path, which takes you back along the same path and then to the right along the hairpin bends of a paved road to Pregàsina in about 45 minutes. Here, the Rosalpina hotel restaurant is the ideal place to stop for a final rest.
all notes on protected areas
By bus (line 214) from Riva del Garda to Pregàsina, walking to the starting point (about 20 min)
From Riva del Garda along the SS240 in southern direction. Shortly after leaving the tunnel, turn left onto the Strada Provinziale di Pregàsina and through another tunnel to Pregàsina.