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19. Marmitte, Castel Penede and Strada Santa Lucia

· 1 review · Hiking trail · Garda Trentino
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  • View from Castle Penede
    / View from Castle Penede
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Castle Penede - Nago
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Ruins of Castle Penede - Nago
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Torbole sul Garda
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (ph. Fabio Staropoli), North Lake Garda Trentino
  • / Marmitte dei Giganti - Nago
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (ph. Patrizia N. Matteotti), Garda Trentino
  • / View over Nago
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
m 300 200 100 5 4 3 2 1 km Aqua Ristorante Strada di Santa Lucia - Torbole Caffè Ristorante Pizzeria Casa Beust Le Marmitte dei Giganti - Nago Aqua Ristorante

An easy hike through historic locations with a marvellous view over Lake Garda


Distance 5.8 km
2:00 h
222 m
221 m
260 m
66 m

Would you like to relive the feelings of the great German poet Goethe when he first looked out over Lake Garda? This trek follows in his footsteps on the historic Strada di Santa Lucia trail with the addition of an interesting stop-off to visit the ruins of Castel Penede.

Can you imagine massive Venetian galleys being hauled over the mountains? Well, in 1439, this is precisely what happened. Brescia, an ally of Venice, was under threat from the Milanese troops and intervention was needed in their defence. The Venetians sailed up the River Adige with 25 boats and 6 galleys which were dismantled and transported with the help of 2000 oxen to the port of Torbole, passing through the Santa Lucia valley. In 1440 the little fleet defeated the Milanese and liberated Riva del Garda.

Author’s recommendation

The old road of Santa Lucia, a trail of Roman origin decending at the foot of the cliff of Castel Penede, was for centuries the only road between Nago and Torbole.
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Update: June 17, 2021
Highest point
Castel Penede, 260 m
Lowest point
Torbole, 66 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Al Fortino Bike Bar & Food
Aqua Ristorante
Caffè Ristorante Pizzeria Casa Beust
Ristorante Centrale

Safety information

This hike presents no particular technical difficulties and is an easy stroll through villages and countryside. It is always a good idea to bring water and a snack but in Nago and Torbole there are plenty of places where you can stop off for refreshments.

The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case,  the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.

Tips and hints

  • For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444


Torbole sul Garda (69 m)
45.869209, 10.876631
45°52'09.2"N 10°52'35.9"E
32T 645653 5081228


Torbole sul Garda

Turn-by-turn directions

From the centre of Torbole take Via Pontalti and then, on the left, Via Europa to Nago.

There follow directions for the ruins of Castel Penede. Returning towards the town, head down to the right among the olive trees along Strada Santa Lucia which leads to Torbole. 


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda and Arco – are connected by a number of urban and intercity bus lines. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes:  

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: 

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino:



Free parking in Torbole in Via Strada Granda (Strada Granda Street) or in the Busatte Park

More Pay parking at the Panorama parking area and along the lakefront Lungolago Conca  d'Oro


45.869209, 10.876631
45°52'09.2"N 10°52'35.9"E
32T 645653 5081228
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • Garda Trentino TREKKING Map - On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole and online


You need to be wearing the right clothing and take the proper gear when you go hiking in the mountains. Even on relatively short easy outings make sure to take all you need so you don't run into trouble if things take an unexpected turn, for example a storm blows up or you have a sudden drop in energy levels.

What should you take when you go on a hike?

What you should have in your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do):

  • water canteen (1L)
  • snacks (e.g. mixed dried fruit or chocolate)
  • First aid kit
  • windproof jacket
  • fleece
  • change of t-shirt and socks (in a plastic bag)
  • make sure to wear or at least bring a pair of long trousers
  • hat
  • sun screen
  • sunglasses
  • gloves
  • whistle to attract attention in an emergency

Emergency telephone number Mountain Rescue 112

Make sure you're wearing the right footwear for the trail and season.  The going can get rough and rocky underfoot and a pair of hiking boots will protect you from sprains.

When wet, a grassy slope, rocky slab or steep trail can be dangerous unless you are wearing the proper footwear.

And finally...
... don't forget to bring your camera! You'll need it to capture the stunning views you come across all over Garda Trentino. And if you like, you can share your memories with us at #GardaTrentino.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Questions and answers

Question from Giuseppe Berti · August 08, 2019 · Community
si può andare col passeggino?
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Answered by Valentina Bellotti · August 09, 2019 · Garda Trentino
Buongiorno Giuseppe! È possibile arrivare a Castel Penede con un passeggino da trekking (strada di accesso sterrata). Anche la strada Santa Lucia è fattibile, ma per imboccarla deve ripercorrere la strada di accesso principale e attraversare Nago. Il nostro itinerario, nel tratto dal castello verso il centro, interessa un sentiero stretto e con alcune scale, non adatto al passeggino. Buona passeggiata!


Katia Bülow Boje ferrentino
May 27, 2021 · Community
bella passeggiata, fatta in salita piuttosto faticosa e con terreno instabile
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When did you do this route? May 27, 2021
Photo: Katia Bülow Boje ferrentino, Community
Photo: Katia Bülow Boje ferrentino, Community

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5.8 km
2:00 h
222 m
221 m
Highest point
260 m
Lowest point
66 m
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