This historic-cultural walk through the pile-dwelling settlement in Fiavè - one of the 111 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Alps – follows a trail across the whole natural reserve which is an important site for the region.
Distance 3.9 km
Highest point685 m
Lowest point647 m
Itinerary: Loc. La Pineta, Ausgrabungsstätte von Fiavè, Doss dei Gustinacci, Torfmoor, Loc. La Pineta.
We recommend a visit to Museo delle Palafitte di Fiavé (info +39 0465 735019).
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.
You’ll find the entrance of this archaeological site along the right-hand side of Strada Statale 421 dei Laghi di Molveno e Tenno, between Fiavè and Passo Ballino, about 200 metres from the restaurant “La Pineta”. Leave your car at the carpark on site and start climbing Dòss dei Gustinacci, a hill rising on the south-eastern corner of the marshland. Here, you will encounter the ruins of some prehistoric stone houses, built around 1300 A.C after the stilt houses fell permanently in disuse. Descend the other side of the hill and join the dirt track that runs along the Torrente Carera winding its way through grasslands and crop fields. After 150 metres, turn left onto the wooden walkway leading to the pile-dwelling site. Excavations, conducted between 1969 and 1976, yielded evidence of human presence in prehistoric time with settlements dating back to 2100-1300 B.C., further supported by the original piles still immersed in water. Continue the site visit around the small pool of water to re-join the dirt track which you’ll leave shortly after to turn left onto a long walkway leading to the heart of the wetland abundant in canes, with the typical “Mazzasorda” (Typha latifolia), patches of shrubs with “Salice Cenerino” and floating carpets of water lilies (Nynphaea Alba). At the end of the walkway, turn left onto a dirt track that runs along the natural reserve’s boundaries; on the border with the surrounding fields you will find, in an elevated position, a wooden tower from which you can enjoy a birds-eye view of the area watching the wildlife living on the wetland. At the end of the dirt track, continue on another wooden walkway, across a swamp, joining another road bordering the forest, sheltered by a thicket of shrubs. Carry on to the left through the trees, passing grassland and crop fields until you reach the starting point. For those wishing to learn more about this archaeological site, we recommend a visit to Museo delle Palafitte di Fiavé (info +39 0465 735019).
all notes on protected areas
From Ponte Arche/Comano Terme follow SS 421 in the direction of Fiavè; the archaeological site is between Fiavè and Ballino Pass (7 km).
Parking lot in loc. Pineta (Fiavè); the access to the archaeological site is on the right side of the SS 421 dei laghi di Molveno e di Tenno, about 200 metres after bar/pizzeria "La Pineta".
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
There is nowhere to stop off for refreshments along the trail so you are advised to bring water and something to eat
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
change of t-shirt and socks (in a plastic bag)
make sure to wear or at least bring a pair of long trousers
whistle to attract attention in an emergency
Emergency telephone number: 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.