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).
The Hermitage of Santi Giacomo and Silvestro al Monte (more commonly known as San Giacomo) is usually open on Sundays in summertime.
Safety informationThe 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
- On the website of the municipality of Arco you can learn more about the history of the church and the hermitage.
For more information on routes and hike services, guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation: all about trekking in Garda Trentino - Tel. +39 0464 554444
From Riva del Garda take the main road statale 45 bis to Arco, then strada provinciale 118 to Bolognano. For directions on how to reach Garda Trentino click here.
ParkingThere are a number of free car parks in Bolognano.
Author’s map recommendations
There is nowhere to stop for refreshments along the trail so make sure to bring water and snacks. There is a supermarket in Bolognano not far from the starting point.
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
- change of t-shirt and socks (in a plastic bag)
- make sure to wear or at least bring a pair of long trousers
- sun screen
- 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.
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