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Description
Hiking

EIGHTH STAGE

from Torri del Benaco to Malcesine

Panorama
su Magugnano

This beautiful stage of the Great Tour of Garda goes in gentle ups and downs along the first slopes of Monte Baldo, among woods, olive groves and enchanting small villages and hamlets, with continuous glimpses and panoramas of rare beauty on the lake and its surroundings.

Much of the itinerary goes along the Sentiero del Pellegrino (Pilgrim's Route), along dirt or paved paths, trails and secondary roads. The final part takes place on the beautiful lakefront between Cassone and Malcesine.

Along the way, some especially interesting places can be found, as the church of San Siro, the graffiti of Crero, the tibetan bridge, the nativity scenes of Campo.


Path

Starting from the port of Torri del Benaco, you head north along the lakefront, and soon you turn right into Piazza Umberto I,

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going up to intercept the Gardesana provincial road, SR 249; you cross it, continuing straight on Via per Albisano:

Attraversamento dritti

After about 150 meters, you keep left,

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and shortly afterwards, on the left, you find two forks, close to each other; you ignore the first one, for Via Rossini, and take the second one for Località Loncrino:

Bivio sx

You go up the paved road, for about 350 m,

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and near the hamlet of Loncrino, you turn left,

Bivio sx e sx

and then immediately left again:

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You follow the directions of the Sentiero del Pellegrino, a constant and reliable indication for most of the stage.

Panoramic views of the lake are frequent, such as this on Torri del Benaco:

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You cross the hamlet of Coi,

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and at the exit of the town, you turn right,

Bivio dx e sx

and immediately left.

You now walk along a country road, among the olive trees:

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After about 400 m, at a crossroads you turn left,

Bivio sx e sx

and shortly thereafter, at the next one, left again:

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After less than 400 m, you intersect Via Mazurine, crossing it obliquely to continue straight along the path:

Incrocio dritti

You will now proceed for almost 2 km,

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with a last glimpse of Torri del Benaco,

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walking through woods and countryside:

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Then, at a crossroads, you keep left:

Bivio sx

About 500 m later, a crossroads offers the possibility, turning right from the path,

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to reach in a few meters some limestone plates where graffiti are engraved, dating back to various eras, even very ancient:

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You return to take the original path, soon going to reach the beautiful hamlet of Crero:

Crero
caratteristico borgo lungo il Percorso del Pellegrino

On leaving the village, you turn right,

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you reach and pass the church of San Siro,

Chiesa di San Siro
e bivio sx

and immediately after, at the crossroads, you turn left:

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The views of the lake are really beautiful; your gaze goes along the east coast up to Malcesine, and in the background, well beyond Monte Brione, you can even see the snowy profile of mount Paganella:

Panorama
dalla Chiesetta di San Siro, presso Crero

You continue for less than 400 m,

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and at a crossroads, you keep to the right:

Bivio dx

Less than 400 m later, the path, downhill, has a sharp right curve,

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then it goes up drawing a serpentine, and reaches a tibetan bridge:

Ponte tibetano

The bridge, of solid construction and well anchored, barely sways, and is equipped with excellent lateral protection nets. Nevertheless, the view of the ravine below, several tens of meters deep, has a certain effect.

You take the path again,

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and after about 400 m, at a crossroads, you keep left:

Bivio sx

You walk along Via per la Casetta, for less than 700 m,

Camminando tra gli ulivi
tra Crero e Pai di Sopra

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and at the crossroads with Via Manzoni, you turn right:

Bivio dx

So you enter Pai di Sopra,

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soon reaching the beautiful central square:

Pai di Sopra

In a few steps you can go up to the church, an excellent panoramic point:

Panorama
dalla chiesa di Pai di Sopra

After leaving the town, heading north-east, you proceed northwards along Via per Ca' Tronconi, for less than 900 m:

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This leads you to the hamlet of Ca' Tronconi,

Cà Tronconi
bivio sx

where you turn left, downhill.

You go down in the countryside,

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with sweeping lake views,

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and near the first houses, you leave the road to take the path on the right:

Bivio dx

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Soon the trail merges into Via Salto, crossing it obliquely, to continue on the path:

Confluenza
e bivio dx

You proceed again on the path,

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and soon you intercept a road again, which you cross obliquely,

Attraversamento dritti

to continue on the path:

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A little further on, you cross an asphalted road again, and continue straight on the path:

Attraversamento dritti

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You quickly arrive to intercept a sharp bend in Via Pasola; you take the branch uphill:

Bivio dx

You now proceed for little less than 2 km on Via Pasola.

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This brings you to the hamlet of Biaza, where at an intersection you keep slightly to the right, towards Fasor,

Incrocio leggermente dx

which you reach and cross shortly after:

Fasor

A couple of minutes later you leave the road to deviate left along the path, still following the signs for the Sentiero del Pellegrino:

Bivio sx

You now proceed for about 1500 m, along a beautiful path,

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with excellent views of Castelletto di Brenzone,

Panorama
su Castelletto di Brenzone

ignoring an intermediate crossroads,

Bivio dx

up to the characteristic and suggestive hamlet of Campo:

Campo
all'ingresso del paese a sx, all'uscita a dx, poi a sx

You cross it to the left, then turn right, and take the crossroads to the left shortly after the town:

Bivio sx

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At the next crossroads, you keep right:

Bivio dx

You continue for about 1 km, passing Marniga,

Panorama
su Magugnano

and going down to Magugnano, but going beyond it without actually crossing it,

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keeping left at the next crossroads:

Bivio sx

In a short time you reach the hamlet of Boccino, where you proceed straight ahead, along Via San Benedetto,

Boccino
dritti

passing through the hamlets of Venzo,

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and Castello,

Vista su Castello
e panorama

Castello
poi leggermente sx

where at the exit of the village you take slightly left, taking Via Belvedere.

The road runs for about 500 m,

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meeting and passing the hamlet of Borago, where you follow the double curve of the road, going downhill.

After about 500 m you cross the hamlet of Pozzo,

Pozzo

and shortly after that of Sommavilla,

Sommavilla

and take slightly right, on Via Sommavilla, at the next crossroads:

Bivio leggermente dx

You walk on it for less than 700 m,

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with beautiful views of the lake,

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then you take a crossroads to the left:

Bivio sx

This way you cross Cassone, downhill, until you cross the provincial road:

Cassone
attraversamento dritti

You almost immediately reach the marina,

Cassone
porticciolo

and take the lakefront to the north-east:

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You follow it, for almost 2 km, until you reach the promontory of Val di Sogno.

There you follow Via Val di Sogno, which cuts the promontory, and follow its narrow curve to the right,

Bivio dx

and then turn left, before the hospital, at the intersection with the regional road:

Bivio sx

A narrow downhill road

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soon leads to the lakefront again.

You follow it, always towards the northeast,

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for about 1600 m, approaching Malcesine:

Vista su Malcesine
dal lungolago

Finally, you easily reach its port:

Malcesine
porto e molo traghetti

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