Nordic walking


A walking route in Malcesine to Monte Fubia and Dosso Merlo at Lake Garda

From Malcesine to Navene along the beach and back to the hills


Ariella Bickhove

Nordic walking, trekking and via ferrata
Angela Trawoeger

Angela Trawoeger

Creator, photographer and content manager

A lovely 12km walk over various types of terrain, suitable for everyone and walkable all year round, that pass by the recently restored entrenched field of Dosso Merlo, dated back to World War 1.

Thanks to the gentle inclines, it is suitable for Nordic Walkers. There are just two brief parts where the incline is more than 8% at Navene from the beach to get to the path and then just before you get to Monte Fubia.

You leave from Malcesine on the bike path heading north to Navene and from here go uphill on the path which takes you to Monte Fubia. You come back to Malcesine along the mule track via Vacco.

Map and GPS-Track


  • Technical characteristics

    • Starting point
    • Endpoint
    • Route
      Malcesine – Navene – Monte Fubia – Malcesine
    • Starting height
    • Highest point
    • Altitude – ascent/descent
    • Distance
      12,4 km
    • Duration
      2,5 hrs
  • Difficulty

  • Scenic appeal

    • Experience (1 to 5)
    • Landscape (1 to 5)
  • Type of route

    • Round tour
    • Suitable for families and children
  • Best time of year

    • All year over
      without snow


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Points of interest along this nordic walking trail

It is a very nice and easy walk with nice views on Lake Garda.
Along the trail you will find the entrenched field of Dosso Merlo, the remains of galleries and trenches from the First World War.

If you are interested in history, watch this short documentary (into italian):

Tour description

You leave from Malcesine, walking north along the cycle path beside the lake until you get to Navene.
Immediately after the Fraglia Vela sailing club, go uphill on the road to your right and following signs to Monte Fubia. At Dosso Merlo (where you find the entrenched field) you will leave the tarmac road for a forest track.

After a while going steadily uphill, you will reach a crossroads where you go gently downhill to your right and then uphill keeping left. Watch out for this part as there aren’t any path indicators and your instinct will be to keep going uphill to your left.

This last track is steeper – keep going straight up on the rocky path until you get to the start of a short zig-zagging steep path which will take you quickly up to Monte Fubia at 440m.a.s.l.

Return by carrying on down the mule path keeping right until you reach the Via Panoramica. In front of you, you will see a shortcut first on cement/tarmac and then on paths and mule tracks (Vacco) which takes you down to Malcesine to the Via Navene Vecchia.

Here you turn left and carry on until you reach Malcesine and the Via Gardesana.


When you get to the Via Panoramica, you can carry on downhill on the Via Panoramica – this is a longer descent but easier on the knees. At the end of the Via Panoramica, turn left and carry on ‘til you get to Malcesine.

This route can be done in either direction and is suitable also as a trekking route and for running. It is not suitable for cyclist/mountain bikers as it goes through the Riserva Gardesana Orientale where cycling is banned.

If you’re interested in just visiting the entrenched field, you can leave your car in Navene and a 40-minute easy walk will take you there.

Our suggestions

  • When you get to Monte Fubia, before you start to come back downhill, we suggest that you walk up on your right to the shoulder of the hill where you will have a wonderful view over Lake Garda.
panoramic view of the lake from fubia

The tour during the winter

Because it is at low level, you can walk this path all year round.

Shelters, huts or bivouacs along the trail



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How to reach the starting point of the trail


In Malcesine.
Here you have the list of the parking lots located in the center of Malcesine.

Public transport

  • From Torbole or Riva del Garda take a bus travelling south in the direction of Peschiera/Verona.
  • From Peschiera or Verona take a bus travelling north in the direction of Riva del Garda.

This route passes by Malcesine

Before or after the route, during an excursion or on holiday, stop to visit the small villages of Lake Garda

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