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21. The forts of Monte Brione

· 4 reviews · Mountain tour · Garda Trentino
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  • View from Monte Brione (Doss Casina and Monte Altissimo)
    View from Monte Brione (Doss Casina and Monte Altissimo)
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (ph. Vuilleumier), Garda Trentino
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An easy trek to explore the Austro-Hungarian border defences along the Sentiero della Pace or Peace Trail

Distance 6.3 km
3:00 h
320 m
317 m
350 m
65 m

 Up until 1918 Garda Trentino belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire which, well aware of the strategic position of the area, went about constructing a serious system of defences which centred on Monte Brione. Apart from bearing visible traces of that period, Monte Brione is also a protected area because of the high level of biodiversity of its typical Mediterranean vegetation.

Brione is home to 817 species of plant, 35% of the entire flora of Trentino! Many of these are rare or endangered species and some grow here alone, on the shores of Lake Garda. In particular, there is an extraordinary variety of orchids with 26 known species. This is the reason why the top of Monte Brione is recognised as protected area. 

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The Austro-Hungarian chose Brione to build their forts, because of its strategic position. Discover the impressive views over Lake Garda.
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Update: May 18, 2022
Highest point
Monte Brione, 350 m
Lowest point
Porto San Nicolò, 65 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 26.71%Dirt road 17.88%Forested/wild trail 1.85%Path 53.39%Road 0.15%
1.7 km
Dirt road
1.1 km
Forested/wild trail
0.1 km
3.4 km
0 km
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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

  • The General Command of the Austro-Hungarian Empire built a system of defences for the north shore of the lake: the Festung Abschnitt, the fortified sector of Riva del Garda. At the centre of this defence system was Monte Brione and its fortifications: Forte San Nicolò (1860-62) over the lake, Forte Sant' Alessandro (1881) at the summit, Forte Batteria di Mezzo (1900), and Forte Garda (1907). The remains of trails, observatories, trenches and military roads are still visible today.
  • A local association opens the Forte Garda fort during the summer season, bringing history to life and giving everyone a chance to explore this extraordinary defence post. Click here for information on opening times and events.
  • To find out more about the history and discover the Peace Trail or Sentiero della Pace in Trentino.


Porto San Nicolò - Riva del Garda (67 m)
45.877380, 10.857294
45°52'38.6"N 10°51'26.3"E
32T 644131 5082101
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Porto San Nicolò - Riva del Garda

Turn-by-turn directions

  • The trail starts from the harbour of San Nicolò in Riva del Garda and continues along the Peace Trail or Sentiero della Pace up the ridge of Monte Brione. The Peace Trail is marked in red and white and identified with a green icon with a white dove.
  • For more information on routes and hike services, guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation: all about trekking in Garda Trentino- Tel. +39 0464 554444 


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Porto San Nicolò is served by a number of bus lines:

  •  Urban line number 3
  • Intercity line Riva del Garda - Rovereto - Trento
  • ATV line Riva del Garda - Malcesine - Verona

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes.

Getting there

From Riva del Garda head towards Torbole along viale Rovereto. Before the tunnel, on the right, you will find the harbour Porto San Nicolò and the start of the trail.


There is pay parking at the harbour Porto San Nicolò


45.877380, 10.857294
45°52'38.6"N 10°51'26.3"E
32T 644131 5082101
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


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
  • 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:  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.

Questions and answers

Question from Peter Alam · July 04, 2021 · Community
Are there many steps on this trek? Can it be completed with a children’s stroller?
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Answered by Felix Ströhlein · July 04, 2021 · Community
There are two different routes leading onto the top of the monte brione. The more beautiful route is a small path, very rocky and not suitable for a children’s stroller. The other route is a road (no cars) that’s suitable for a children’s stroller but steep.


Katja Udolph
November 24, 2021 · Community
Tolle Route mit viel Abwechslung. Gute mit dem Hund zu wandern. Vielleicht durch Regen sind die Wege aber teilweise nicht wo leicht. So dass wir die Route als „mittel“ und nicht „leicht“ einstufen würden.
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When did you do this route? October 13, 2020
Laura Rech
January 31, 2021 · Community
Bel sentiero,attenzione però: se si prosegue lungo il sentiero in prossimità delle antenne si è costretti a scavalcare una recinzione. Meglio proseguire su strada asfaltata una volta raggiunta le antenne.
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6.3 km
3:00 h
320 m
317 m
Highest point
350 m
Lowest point
65 m
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