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Bastione and Santa Barbara, the lords of Riva del Garda

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  • The view from the Bastione
    / The view from the Bastione
    Photo: Patrizia N. Matteotti (Archivio Garda Trentino), Garda Trentino
  • / The little church of Santa Barbara
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / The Bastione
    Photo: Patrizia N. Matteotti (APT Garda Trentino), Garda Trentino
  • / The Bastione
    Photo: Patrizia N. Matteotti (Archivio Garda Trentino), Garda Trentino
  • / View from the Bastione: Riva del Garda
    Photo: APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
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From Riva del Garda to Bastione and then on up to Santa Barbara: this hike touches on two of the symbols of the town perched on the mountainside above Riva del Garda



2.7 km
1:11 h
612 m
73 m
From down below, the Bastione and especially the chapel of Santa Barbara, seem incredibly far away, perched on the steep mountainside. However it doesn't take long at all to get to them and from up there you have spectacular views over Riva del Garda and the lake

Author’s recommendation

Santa Barbara is one of the most spectacular viewing points in Garda Trentino: don't forget your camera! User
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: April 20, 2020

Highest point
630 m
Lowest point
88 m
Best time of year

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, hints and links

  • The chapel of Santa Barbara, standing out white against the rock of the mountain, was built during the 1920s when work was under way on the pipes carrying the water from Lake Ledro to the hydroelectric station in Riva del Garda and is dedicated to the patron saint of miners.
  • For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation: 
  • APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444


Riva del Garda (88 m)
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Santa Barbara

Turn-by-turn directions

From the centre of Riva del Garda (Via Monte Oro), take the paved road which leads up to Bastione, following directions for the mountain hut Capanna Santa Barbara (SAT 404). After you have visited Bastione with its magnificent views of the gulf, rejoin the trail which heads up steeply towards Capanna Santa Barbara. It is only a short distance from there to the chapel. Head back down to town the way you came.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Riva del Garda is connected with the other towns in Garda Trentino by a number of different bus lines. For information: 

Getting there

You can get to Riva del Garda by the main road statale 240 from the motorway exit Rovereto Sud - Lago di Garda Nord. For further information on how to get to Garda Trentino go to our website 


Via Monte Oro - Riva del Garda (pay parking). The nearest free parking is at the old hospital (about 10 minutes on foot from the start of the path) 
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 and online


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
  • emercency 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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Hermann Buhl
September 29, 2019 · Community
Done at September 29, 2019
Photo: Hermann Buhl, Community
Photo: Hermann Buhl, Community
Photo: Hermann Buhl, Community
Photo: Hermann Buhl, Community

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2.7 km
612 m
73 m
Public transport friendly Scenic Cultural/historical value


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