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Sentiero della Maestra- "Teacher's Trail" in Val del Sarca

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  • The Sarca Valley, view from the "Schoolteacher's Trail"
    The Sarca Valley, view from the "Schoolteacher's Trail"
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino

Hike through the woods which cover the eastern slopes of the Sarca Valley from Bosco Caproni to the little hamlet of Braila, home of the schoolmistress for whom this trail is named

Distance 11.5 km
4:41 h
475 m
475 m
568 m
93 m

The trail winds among olive groves before it comes to what look like mysterious cave mouths on the mountainside, the oolite quarries of Bosco Caproni. Continue on through the woods along the Varino ridge which rises above the River Sarca with spectacular views of the valley. On the way back you pass through terraced vineyards which follow the course of the river. In a single trail the hiker can enjoy all the variety that Garda Trentino has to offer.

Author’s recommendation

This trail follows the route the schoolmistress Ketty Tantardini Bombardelli had to take in the 1920s to get to Braila, where she taught in school. 

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Update: March 28, 2023
Highest point
Dosso Grande, 568 m
Lowest point
Arco, 93 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Track types

Asphalt 23.77%Forested/wild trail 31.90%Path 43.69%Road 0.62%
2.7 km
Forested/wild trail
3.7 km
5 km
0.1 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.

Caution! This trail SAT 667 is classified EE and only recommended for experienced hikers. In fact there is a short exposed stretch fitted with a steel cable by way of a handrail.

Tips and hints

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




Moletta - Arco (93 m)
45.931407, 10.895801
45°55'53.1"N 10°53'44.9"E
32T 646976 5088173


Moletta - Arco

Turn-by-turn directions

From the car park in the Moletta district of Arco take the trail SAT 667 which runs past the oolite quarries in Bosco Caproni. After the hamlet of Case Caproni turn right into the woods and continue on to the left until you come to the road leading from Massone up to to Braila. Walk along the road for about a kilometre until you rejoin the trail which leads up to the left towards Dosso Grande: here the going is quite tough and goes uphill over rock. The trail then turns downhill towards the valley: first it crosses the road again near Braila, then it goes back into the woods and there is a stretch with a walkway made of wooden slats under foot and a steel cable to hold onto where great care must be taken, especially in rainy weather. At the end of the downhill stretch take the Coste di Varim trail, following directions for the Anello Garda-Sarca (Garda-Sarca Loop) until you get back to where you started from.

This hike is a loop which can be done in either direction.

Public transport


The main towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Nago – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of tours or in the immediate surroundings. The nearest stop to the route is "San Martino di Arco", served by the bus line B205 (Riva-Arco-Dro-Sarche-Vezzano-Trento). 

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.

Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.


By road

Moletta is on the main road statale 45 bis which goes from Arco in the direction of Trento. You can also start the hike from San Martino which is also on the main road statale 45 bis by heading northwards to the right at the junction.

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino


Free parking in Via San Martino, left side on the main road. 


45.931407, 10.895801
45°55'53.1"N 10°53'44.9"E
32T 646976 5088173
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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Martina Wendt
July 23, 2023 · Community
Wir haben die Tour „gegen den Uhrzeigersinn“, war eine gute Entscheidung, auf dem Rückweg warten ein paar kleine Kletterpassagen (keine Kletterausrüstung nötig). Außerdem ist der Weg zum Parkplatz ein ganz schöner Hatsch, also erst zum Schluss zu empfehlen. Trotz Wanderung am Karfreitag haben wir nur sehr wenige Leute getroffen, also zu empfehlen, wenn man es etwas ruhiger haben will.
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Route done on April 07, 2023
Davide Mayr
May 26, 2021 · Community
una passeggiata poco impegnativa, tuttavia suggestiva e di percorrenza gradevole.
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Route done on May 26, 2021
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11.5 km
4:41 h
475 m
475 m
Highest point
568 m
Lowest point
93 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Cultural/historical interest Secured passages Flora

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