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10. To the Hermitage Eremo di San Giacomo

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A hike up the slopes of Monte Stivo from Bolognano to the chapel which overlooks the town and the Arco area and offers a good view point.

Distance 4.2 km
2:15 h
615 m
8 m
744 m
129 m

The hermitage is mentioned in documents dating back to 1288, but its roots probably go back even further. It is situated on an ancient communications route connecting the Valle dell'Adige and Basso Sarca and gave shelter to wayfarers and pilgrims. The inhabitants of Bolognano still spend May Day at San Giacomo, a tradition which goes back centuries.

For anyone who would like to visit the hermitage but does not feel like hiking up from the town, it is possible to get to Salve Regina by car and from there it is only 20 minutes to the chapel along a forestry road (signpost SAT 609 and then follow directions for San Giacomo).

Author’s recommendation

The Hermitage of Santi Giacomo and Silvestro al Monte (more commonly known as San Giacomo) is usually open on Sundays in summertime.

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Update: March 27, 2023
Highest point
Eremo di San Giacomo, 744 m
Lowest point
Bolognano, 129 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 19.76%Dirt road 27.73%Path 33.10%Road 19.38%
0.8 km
Dirt road
1.2 km
1.4 km
0.8 km
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Safety information

Safety Tips

  1. Choose itineraries that suit your physical and technical abilities. Collect information about the area you are visiting and the trail’s conditions and get a detailed trekking map.
  2. Wear clothes and take equipment that suit the difficulty and length of your tour. Keep emergency gear in your rucksack, including first aid supplies.
  3. Do not go walking alone in the mountains. In any case, tell someone where you are going and report back on returning.
  4. Look at the weather forecast before setting off and always keep an eye on the weather.
  5. In case of doubt, go back. It is better to give up than risk bad weather or face difficulties beyond your strength, ability and equipment.
  6. Do not leave marked paths and do not take shortcuts.
  7. All described walks are in a natural environment and therefore their use is at your own risk.

This information is subject to inevitable variations, so none of these 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, it is advisable to check environment and weather conditions before setting out.

Tips and hints

For more information on routes, services (guides, mountain huts, shops etc.) and hiking friendly accommodation: Garda Trentino - +39 0464 554444


Bolognano - car parking at the church (129 m)
45.913420, 10.902837
45°54'48.3"N 10°54'10.2"E
32T 647569 5086188


San Giacomo Hermitage

Turn-by-turn directions

Follow directions for Gazzi from the car park beside the church in Bolognano. From there continue on the trail SAT 608 to Salve Regina. Right behind the chapel turn onto SAT 609 which leads to the Hermitage. Go back the way you came. 


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Bolognano is connected by the urban bus line 3 (Nago - Torbole sul Garda - Riva del Garda - Arco - Bolognano) to the other places in Garda Trentino.

Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.

Getting there

From Riva del Garda take the main road statale 45 bis to Arco, then strada provinciale 118 to Bolognano. 

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.


Free parking in Via Bianca Saibanti and Via della Repubblica in Bolognano. 


45.913420, 10.902837
45°54'48.3"N 10°54'10.2"E
32T 647569 5086188
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Garda Trentino TREKKING Map – Available in the info points of Garda Trentino (Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Ledro, Comano Terme)


You need to wear 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?

Your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do) should contain:

  • 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


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.

Emergency telephone number 112.

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Daniela Rossini
July 16, 2021 · Community
La passeggiata ha senso da Loc. Salve Regina; da Bolognano-Gazzi il sentiero si sgancia spesso, è confuso e non regala panorami. Una volta all’Eremo però si viene ripagati totalmente. Meraviglia.
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Jacopo Spezia
October 18, 2020 · Community
Bel giro non impegnativo. Dall'eremo si può ammirare la Busa e la parte del lago di Garda su Torbole
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4.2 km
2:15 h
615 m
8 m
Highest point
744 m
Lowest point
129 m
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