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From Lake Tenno to Canale, a stroll through the countryside

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  • Lake Tenno from above
    Lake Tenno from above
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m 700 650 600 4 3 2 1 km Canale di Tenno medieval village

Easy walk around Lake Tenno and as far as Canale, a medieval village belonging to the club of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy.


Distance 4.8 km
1:30 h
60 m
60 m
607 m
568 m

This walks touches on two points of particular interest in Garda Trentino: Lake Tenno, one of the most pristine lakes in all of Italy, and the nearby medieval village of Canale di Tenno, where time seems to have stood still. This is a very easy trek without any serious elevation gain, a walk suited to everyone.

Lake Tenno is famed for the colour of its water which varies from turquoise to emerald green according to the season. It is safe to swim in the lake and it is a popular destination in summer for people who just want to relax on the rocky beaches.

The Tenno area is part of the nature reserve of the UNESCO Biosphere "Alpi Ledrensi e Judicaria", a prestigious award which identifies environments with a rich biodiversity and history which have been developed while maintain strong links between the area, tourism, farming and tradition.

Author’s recommendation

This lake is prone to dramatic changes in the water level to such an extent that the little island often turns into a peninsula so that you can walk out to it on foot.
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Update: July 25, 2022
Highest point
Lago di Tenno, 607 m
Lowest point
Canale, 568 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 33.56%Dirt road 25.08%Path 34.15%Unknown 7.21%
1.6 km
Dirt road
1.2 km
1.6 km
0.3 km
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Rest stops

Canale di Tenno medieval village

Safety information

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

  • In Canale it is well worth paying a visit to la Casa degli Artisti . The Artists' House was founded in the Sixties to offer hospitality to artists in search of inspiration and these would then leave one of their works in payment for bed and board. Today it hosts a number of different exhibitions from Easter to Christmas.
  • The nearby Museo degli Attrezzi Agricoli or Museum of Tools, was founded by a local association and has a collection of tools and implements regularly used by the inhabitants of the village up until the 1970s.
  • In August, Canale hosts Rustico Medioevo, a medieval festival which had its first edition in 1986. Different shows take the stage every evening and the kitchen run by volunteers offers typical Trento dishes. You simply must try polenta with peverada!
  • For more information on routes and hike services, guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation:  all about trekking in Garda Trentino - Tel. +39 0464 554444 



Lake Tenno (599 m)
45.935539, 10.812555
45°56'07.9"N 10°48'45.2"E
32T 640512 5088482
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Lake Tenno

Turn-by-turn directions

From the car park beside Lake Tenno head down the steps which lead to the beach. There you take the trail on the left which runs around the perimeter of the lake. When you come to the island, go up to the kiosk bar (open in summer, with toilet facilities) and then leave it behind you as you come to the dirt road.  Here keep to the right until you come to the next junction where you take the left turn and follow directions for Canale. It is only a short distance to the village.

On the way back you follow the same route as far as the last turn-off (at Frioc): go straight on towards Mattoni. The road changes from a dirt track to a paved road and you pass through a residential area. When you come to the wooden cross, keep to the right and you are soon back where you started from.


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Public transport


Tenno is served by the rural bus line Riva - Tenno - Fiavé - Ponte Arche (For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes)

N.B. Buses are not very frequent!


Getting there

Lake Tenno is about 12 km from Riva del Garda and you can get there by taking the road strada provinciale 37, passing through Deva and Pranzo. Another option is by the road strada statale 421 for Tenno.


Pay parking at Lake Tenno


45.935539, 10.812555
45°56'07.9"N 10°48'45.2"E
32T 640512 5088482
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 


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.

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Chris Ta 
September 28, 2020 · Community
Netter Spaziergang, am Zufluss war der Weg allerdings etwas knifflig, da die Trittsteine unter Wasser waren und das Ufer etwas abgerutscht ist. Möglichkeit 1: Schuhe aus oder etwas balancieren und kraxeln. Daher nicht kinderwagentauglich. Canale ist wirklich wie aus einem vergangenen Jahrhundert. Wir sind noch bis Calvole weiter. Dort wollten wir in der Agricultur zu Mittag essen, was aber ohne Reservierung an diesem Sonntag ein Ding des Unmöglichen war. Stattdessen konnten wir in Canale in der Locando de Borgo einen Happen essen. Aber auch dort war der Andrang groß.
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When did you do this route? September 27, 2020
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Blick hinunter auf Riva und den Lago Di Garda
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Canale di Tenno
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Simome Ermini
July 31, 2020 · Community
Senza dubbio una bella passeggiata, mancano tuttavia cartelli per indicare la stada corretta. (per vari disagi solo 3 stelle) inoltre la strada in un punto è franata. impossibile da percorrere con passeggino. Abbiamo usato il marsupio per farla con nostro figlio. All'inizio del percorso ci sono una serie di scalini da fare. A metá percorso c'è da guadare un fiumiciattolo e subito dopo fare delle scale. per attraversare, acqua max 10/15 cm. la parte del guado di per se è carina, ma dovrebbero fare qualcosa per agevolare l'attraversata alle famiglie ed agli anziani. in quel punto le bici devono scendere e portarsi a piedi la bici. da metá percorso in poi si è spesso sotto il sole. il giro del solo lago con bambino, prendedola con estrema calma, ci ha richiesto 1 ora e 30 minuti.
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4.8 km
1:30 h
60 m
60 m
Highest point
607 m
Lowest point
568 m
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