The territory of Tignale, part of the Parco Alto Garda Bresciano (a regional park) is distinguished by its environmental contrasts. Near the Lake, and because of its modifying influences, there is Mediterranean-type landscape and vegetation. Inland, where the mountains reach 1,500 metres above sea level, the scenery and vegetation resemble that of the Alps. For the tourist and the keen hiker this area offers a great variety of routes through diverse and interesting scenery. The following three walks are suitable for everyone, and serve as an introduction to the extraordinary beauty of our area.
The Ufficio Unico per Turismo (the tourist information office) organizes guided walks in Tignale - walks suitable for all which permit our visitors to discover the beauty of our area and to get to know the history and traditions of the places visited (information at the Ufficio Unico del Turismo, Via Europa 5, Gardola (tel. 0365 73354)
Visitors can also buy maps of Tignale with footpaths at the Ufficio Unico or at the Park Museum in Prabione.
TIGNALE: WALKS AND EXCURSIONS
(description of local footpaths, 3 mountain bike and 3 jogging routes, in English) - Euro 2.00
MAP OF FOOTPATHS "PARCO ALTO GARDA" - Euro 4.50
Route 1: Gardola to Piovere and return
Gardola (555 m.a.s.l. = metres above sea level) - Aer (560 m.a.s.l.) Piovere (462 m.a.s.l.) - Gardola (555 m.a.s.l.) Time required 3 hours (there and back)
Going back to the junction, carry on along the level footpath until you arrive at a holiday village and pass alongside a tennis court where there is a lane that brings you into the middle of the attractive old village of Piovere. The churchyard of the church of S. Marco, perched on a little hillock, gives you a wonderful view over the lake and Mount Baldo on the other side.
|Itinerario 2: Gardola , Sanctuary of Montecastello, Mount Cas and return|
|Footpath n° 266 |
Gardola (555 m.a.s.l. = metres above sea level) - Montecastello (683 m.a.s.l.) Monte Cas (779 m.a.s.l.) - Prabione – Gardola
Take the road from Gardola to Prabione for about a kilometre, until you arrive at the road on your right that leads to the Sanctuary of Montecastello (Santa Libera). You can also get there from Olzano, an attractive hamlet of Tignale, situated just above Gardola. The climb up to the Sanctuary and Mount Cas is fairly steep and has the Stations of the Cross in small niches along its route. The Sanctuary was built in the sixteenth century and has wonderful views of the lake and Monte Baldo. (40 mins).
|Itinerario 3 Gardola to Cima Piemp via La Forca|
|Footpath no. 256|
Gardola (555 metres above sea level =m.a.s.l.)- Olzano (610 m.a.s.l.)- Forca (726 m.a.s.l.) - Rifugio Cima Piemp (1,160 m.a.s.l.)
Walking time : 2 hours there, 1.30 back.
Follow the signs from Gardola to Olzano, pass through the centre of the old village taking the path up from the side of the church until you reach the main road Gardola - Piemp.Cross this road and take the road which climbs up from here, signposted “Residence la Forca”, where the asphalt road ends. Continue along the forest track through an attractive wood of pine trees. After about one hundred metres where the track forks, bear to the left, following the well-marked footpath through the pine forest which climbs the slopes of Dosso la Forca in a series of zig-zags until it joins the dirt road signposted as footpath no. 249. From here you have wonderful views and can easily reach the mountain refuge Rifugio Cima Piemp, run by the local group of Alpinis (open in the summer .)
|Route 1 N.265|
Gardola (Q.555) - Aer (Q.560)|
Piovere (Q.462) - Gardola (Q.555)
Follow the road from Gardola to the centre of Aer . Go under an archway on the left of Bar Silvana and then follow the path, which is flat at first and then descends quite steeply and with stone steps in the Pressà valley. After this you reach Piovere. The church of San Marco is on the top of a small hill in the old part of the village. It has a wooden altar carved by master craftsmen called the “Boscai”. Return by the same route. Easy walk with some short steep stretches.
Time required (there and back) about 3 hours.
|Route 2 N. 253|
Gardola (Q.555) - Vione (Q.693) Malga Angoi (Q.920) - Gardola, Aer, Castagneto, Torrente Pressà. |
Follow the road from Gardola to Aer, after the car park turn first right and follow the road to Castagneto until you reach the Pressà stream. After the bridge the road climbs with hairpin bends until Vione. Then follow the valley until the junction at Fobia. Take the left fork and you soon arrive within sight of the Malga Angoi ( the traditional summer pasture for the local cows). Return by the same route.
Time required: Gardola - Angoi 2 hours;
Return: 1 hours;
Difference in altitude (lowest and highest points) 365 m.;
Easy walk but quite long (about 12 kilometres)
|Route 3 N. 266|
Gardola (Q. 555) - Montecastello (Q. 683)|
Monte Cas (Q. 779) - Prabione – Gardola
Take the road to Prabione and Tremosine from Gardola . About 1km. from the village turn right at Santa Libera and follow the road up to the Sanctuary of Montecastello (signposted). When you reach the square courtyard in front of the Sanctuary, turn left, passing under the retreat house and follow the old mule-track to the Cross (observation point, 1915 -18 war). Following the rocky ridge sheer above the lake you can see the plain of Prabione. Descend following the steps in a series of hairpin turns until the path runs alongside the regional forestry nursery (Il vivaio). You can return to Gardola along the main road from Prabione to Gardola.
Time required: 3 hours;
Difference in altitude (lowest and highest points): 224 m.;
In parts this walk is stepped and is unsuitable for sufferers of vertigo
N. 256 |
Gardola (Q.555) - Forca (Q.726) - Rifugio Cima Piemp (Q.1160)
From Gardola you take the road through Olzano turning right by the Church. When you get to the “main” road, cross it and go straight ahead up the fairly steep road until you reach the holiday village “Residence La Forca”. At the next junction turn left and follow the old mule-track through the pine forest( recently devastated by forest fires). The path climbs via hairpin bends until you reach the Refuge “Cima Piemp”. Throughout this walk you can see the plateau of Tignale and Lake Garda. You can return by the same route, or by the asphalt road from Piemp to Gardola.
Time required: ascent 2 hours return:1 hours;
Easy walk along the old mule-track.