The following are three suggestions of how to spend a pleasant day without going far from Tignale.
This trip is the longest of the three and takes a whole day because at each stop there is the possibility to take a walk, have a snack, or have a swim etc.
Leaving Tignale drive south along the main road along the lake until, on the outskirts of Gargnano, you turn right (signposted Valvestino) and follow the attractive winding road that passes Navazzo until you arrive at Lake Valvestino (about 1 hours drive).
Lake Valvestino (lago di Valvestino). This is an attractive artificial lake in the province of Brescia, constructed in 1962 in order to produce hydroelectric energy. It is located in a beautiful unspoilt and uninhabited area surrounded by the largest forest in the Lombardy region; an area defined a “Wilderness area”.
From here you proceed passing Molino di Bollone, then Capovalle until you arrive at Idro, and its lake, Lake Idro, the second lake of the trip (30 mins.). Lake Idro is composed of water from the River Chiese, which is both the tributary and the outlet of the lake, considered to be amongst the cleanest in Italy. Situated near the Dolomites the lake is 12 km long and 2 km wide. It is surrounded by wooded mountains, at the foot of which there are characteristic villages where you can wander about and buy typical local gastronomic and craft products, enjoying the special atmosphere of the area. The lake is suitable for bathing.
Then drive to the other side of the lake and take the road from Idro northwards, until you reach the little Lake d’Ampola, near Tiarno (40 mins.). The lake, surrounded by damp meadows with peat bog, is situated at the valley bottom in the watershed between the Val di Ledro and the Val d'Ampola and is of great naturalistic importance as a biotope, protected because of its special characteristics by the province of Trento.
From here take the road that leads to Bezzecca and then coasts the Ledro Lake (Lago di Ledro) (20 mins.)
The Ledro Lake, at an altitude of 650 metres above sea level, is one of the cleanest and most beautiful lakes in the province of Trento. Ever changing turquoise clear water to dive into on hot summer days, or where you can fish, sail or practice other aquatic sports.
Apart from the captivating landscape that surrounds it, the Ledro Lake is famous for the discovery of a large area of stilt houses situated on the east coast of the lake. That discovery, made when the level of the lake was drastically reduced for the construction of the hydroelectric plant, is the most important in Europe for the extent of the area, the abundance of the artefacts found and the excellent state of conservation.
Four beaches have been constructed along the shores of the lake, with various services to allow bathing, at Molina di Ledro at Besta, Mezzolago, Pieve di Ledro and at Pur. Pedaloes, catamarans, rowing boats, sailing boats, surfboards and canoes are available for rent to enable all to enjoy the lake to the utmost.
Finally, the last stage of the trip. Take the main road from Lake Ledro to Riva, recently rebuilt with a long tunnel. From Riva take the main road along the west shore of Lake Garda and return to Tignale (40 mins).