A fairly demanding trek through isolated countryside with some steep climbs but very beautiful and varied.
You leave from Malcesine and head off towards San Maggiore, Fiabi and join path no. 7 which takes you to Piombi. From Piombi you start to go downhill along the Prai road which brings to you back to San Michele in just under an hour.
|Route||Malcesine - San Maggiore - Fiabi - Piombi - San Michele|
|Altitude - ascent/descent||1344m/850m|
| Difficulty | | | - | - | | Difficulty | medium | | Technical difficulty (1 to 5) | 2 | | Physical training (1 to 5) | 3 | | CAI (italian alpine club) difficulty scale | E: Hikers * |
|Scenic appeal (1 to 5)|
- Tour route
- Cable car ascent/descent
- Panoramic route
- Insider tip
Best time of year
All year round with no snow.
Points of interest along this hiking trail
This walk goes between open ground and glades with panoramic views and memorable natural places. Along the trail you will also find nice stretches into the wood where you will cross the Integral Natural Reserve Lastoni Pezzi.
Go along via Navene Vecchia from Malcesine towards the cable car station, take the first street on the right after the small roundabout and before the cableway.
When you are at the junction, go up on the right, then go straight on and keep going up until you reach the Via Panoramica. Go left along some hairpin turns and take the street on the left, when you are in front of the Panorama Hotel go on the left again, following road signs to Fiabi (Malgo Fiabio), San Maggiore.
Keep going up on the left on a paved road, then on a white road until you reach the wood: this part is quite demanding and steep with some paved sections. It leads you to Fiabi (Malga Fiabio).
When you get to the fields of Fiabi, take path no. 7 on your left for Piombi. Path no. 7 is very beautiful and varied and after about an hour and a half will bring you to Piombi cutting across part of the Nature Reserve “Lastoni Selva Pezzi”.
At the start you cross the wood and the Marola Valley and then you start to climb through woods and past panoramic view points over Lake Garda and the peaks and gullies of Monte Baldo. The path alternates between earthy tracks and stoney paths.
Keep on the left at the first junction with path n. 5 to Valdritta and, at the second junction with path n. 2 towards Tratto Spino.
Once you get to the clearing at Piombi, go straight on along path n.2 to reach the paved street in Prai in about an hour. This street will lead you to San Michele going past the Capitello del Signor.
You can catch the cable car from San Michele to Malcesine.
Variant to go back to Malcesine by feet
Continue downhill on the main road north of the station. Once on panoramica road, in Passo Campiano, turn right and at the end of the first descent turn left. Keep descending following indications for Malcesine. From Paier enter the muletrack that in 15 minutes takes you to Malcesine at the same crossroad you took at the beginning of the tour.
Once you get to Piombi, immediately after Rifugio Forestale Piombi (which is now closed), leave the path and turn left towards south-west. You will get to a panoramic terrace above Lake Garda.
The tour during the winter
This walk can be done all year round with no snow.
Shelters, huts or bivouacs along the trail
How to reach the starting point of the trail
The path starts in Malcesine.