Trekking

Monte Baldo to Malcesine along the Ventrar Path at Lake Garda

Trekking route along the western slopes of Monte Baldo with views over the Lake

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Giorgia Consolini

Trekking, bike and ski touring
Angela Trawoeger
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Angela Trawoeger

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A beautiful walk, all downhill and with great views which takes you from Tratto Spino down to Malcesine on the Ventrar Path: a botanical paradise considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe.

Map and GPS track

Details

  • Technical characteristics

    • Starting point
      Tratto Spino
    • Endpoint
      Malcesine
    • Route
      Tratto Spino – Sentiero del Ventrar – Prai – Signor – San Michele – Malcesine
    • Starting height
      1760m
    • Highest point
      1760m
    • Altitude – ascent/descent
      431m/2090m
    • Distance
      16,40km
    • Duration
      4 hrs
  • Difficulty

  • Scenic appeal

    • Experience (1 to 5)
      3
    • Landscape (1 to 5)
      5
  • Type of route

    • One way tour
    • Cable car ascent/descent
    • Panoramic route
  • Best time of year

    • From may to november
      without snow

Partner

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Points of interest along this hiking trail

The Ventrar Path is considered to be one of the most beautiful botanical areas in Europe. The path is about 1km long; it meets the northern cliffs of Colma of Malcesine and takes you along the western slopes of Monte Baldo. The path has rocky sections and some sections with breathtaking views over the northern end of Lake Garda.

Tour description

From the cable car station at the top of the mountain, walk northwards along a short slope which takes you to Colma di Malcesine.

Walk along the plains and ridges of Baldo to the furthest panoramic point with one of the best views from this mountain. Take the downhill path that meets the tarmac Graziani road and on your left you will find signs for the Ventrar path.

The Ventrar path is easy and short but you need to be careful where you put your feet. Along the path there are steel cords which aren’t always necessary but can help you to walk securely.

At the end of the Ventrar you will see ruined fortifications from the First World War.

first world war construction

Carry on downhill and take the path that cuts across from the Prai pastures. If you leave the path and take the cement track to Prai (path no. 3) which takes you first to the wayside shrine of the Lord and then to San Michele where you will find the half way station of the Malcesine Monte Baldo cable car.

At the fork in the path at “the Signor” (Lord’s shrine), carry on downhill on the cement road, keeping right. At the next fork, just above the cable car station, turn left to get to the station. You will see some benches on your right and the mountain signs on your left.

Go past the station and carry on walking downhill on the path on the right-hand side of the cable car. Go straight on staying on the main road until you get to Campiano pass at 37m.a.s.l. on the Panoramica Road. Here you can choose to go back to Malcesine by going either right or left: the left hand descent is slightly shorter. Along the Panoramica Road there are several short cuts which will get you to Malcesine more quickly.

Variant

When you get to San Michele, you can return to Malcesine by Cable Car.

You can walk this route uphill if you have knee problems with walking downhill, and if you have the energy. In this case, we would suggest that you start from San Michele from where there are 1200m of uphill to do instead of 1700m from Malcesine.

Here, if you want to walk only the Ventrar Path

Our suggestions

  • To avoid the cable car queue during the high season you can go by car to the half-way cable car station in San Michele
  • Don’t do it by bike, you will have to carry your bike on your back over various sections and this can be dangerous

The Ventrar path during the winter

The Ventrar path is closed as it is not passable in the snow.

Shelters, huts or bivouacs along the trail

Partner

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How to reach the starting point of the trail

The path starts at the top station of the cable car.
Click here to see rates, timetables and opening times.
Tel. +39 045 7400206

Parking

Public transport

None

Safety information

  • Don’t undervalue this path just because it is downhill. There are 1700m of descent and most of it is on cement and asphalt.
    Ventrar path
  • Along sections of the walk there are steel wires to hold on to which aren’t always necessary: be careful and always check the hand holds before using them.
  • Take care when on the exposed parts of the path.
  • Take extra care if walking when the path is wet.
  • It is recommended not to choose this excursion in winter time, even in absence of snow during colder months: the path is north-facing and sunbeams never reach this area in winter.

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