Malcesine trekking route to the Hermitage of San Benigno and Caro - Monte Baldo

Trail Medium Malcesine

Angela Trawoeger
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GPS Track

A path of 15km, quite long and difficult but very varied and beautiful.
There are many super views among the gorges and parapets of Baldo, over Garda and with lovely paths going through the woods.

The path starts in Malcesine on path no. CAI659 and takes you up to the Hermitage of San Benigno and Caro.


Route Malcesine - The Hermitage of San Benigno and Caro - Cassone - Malcesine
Start Malcesine
Destination Malcesine
Starting height 90m
Maximum height 913m
Altitude - ascent/descent 1309m/1287m
Length 14,6 km
Time 5 hrs
Difficulty Medium
Technical difficulty (1 to 5) 3
Physical training (1 to 5) 3
CAI (italian alpine club) difficulty scale T:turistic*
* Mountain signs on Monte Baldo and difficulty scale
Scenic appeal (1 to 5)
Impression 3
Landscape 3


  • Round tour
  • Insider tip

Best time of year

All year round, without snow

Points of interest along this hiking trail

Benigno and Caro were hermits who lived between the 8th and 9th Centuries and who followed the teachings of St Augustine, passing their days in prayer and meditation in the grottoes of Monte Baldo. The Miracle of Benigno and Caro relates to them being asked to move the clothes of St. Zeno to the church in Verona which had been dedicated to him. However, it seemed that the clothes had been fixed to his body and only Benigno and Caro were able to move him.

Tour description

Leaving from Malcesine, head along the Via Panoramica (south) and after the first hairpin bend in the road, take the road that heads uphill on your right. You will see the CAI markings on the wall showing path no 659. Keep right and after a scrubby piece, the path begins properly.

Some parts are between 20% and 30% steep but these are very short tracts. The uphill part is about 2km long and takes about an hour. When you get to the fork in the path, keep left uphill for another kilometre until the path levels out. Keep right and go on over some ups and downs within the woods until you get to the Hermitage of St. Benigno and Caro.

From here you start to descend towards Cassone.
This track is mainly an old mulepath but quite steep: you will drop by about 850m over 3km. The path is full of panoramic views and some grottoes and buildings from the war. When you arrive in Cassone, go along the flat towards the North and return to Malcesine on the bike path alongside the Lake.


This walk can be done the other way round.

Our suggestions

  • If you would like to use it, there is also public transport available from Cassone to Malcesine.

The tour during the winter

Thanks to the walk being at low level, it can be enjoyed all year round

Shelters, huts or bivouacs along the trail


How to reach the starting point of the trail

Malcesine - Via Panoramica sud


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

Public transport

Here all info to come to Malcesine by bus.

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