Mountain Routes

Ancient stone-paved mule tracks

The characteristic stone-paved mule tracks that from the main towns of the Lake wind their way up the mountain, have represented for centuries the only means of access to the steep slopes of Mount Baldo.
Long stretches still have the original pavement; along the way you can still find traces of the ceaseless activity of ancient peasant communities.

Passing through terraced olive groves and broadleaf woods, you can reach ancient isolated hamlets and temporary settlements of the past, with centuries-old chestnut tree groves, meadows and pastures in springtime (maggenghi), and along the way come across votive capitals, tiny churches and small springs with fountains, which invariably command astounding panoramas.
From the mule tracks leading up to the plateau of Prada di Monte Baldo up to the steep paths that reach the highest peaks of the mountain, you can appreciate the remarkable natural characteristics of this area, which botanists of the past referred to as “Hotus Europae”.
In fact, the main plant formations of the Italian peninsula and of most of Europe unfold in quick succession: the submediterranean vegetation with its holm oaks and olive trees, followed by the thermophilic sub-montane woods characterized by oak, flowering ash and hop hornbeam, then chestnut tree areas, beech woods and mixed coniferous forests, and finally mountain pine forests and high-altitude meadows.

The characteristic stone-paved mule tracks that from the main towns of the Lake wind their way up the mountain, have represented for centuries the only means of access to the steep slopes of Mount Baldo.
Long stretches still have the original pavement; along the way you can still find traces of the ceaseless activity of ancient peasant communities.


Passing through terraced olive groves and broadleaf woods, you can reach ancient isolated hamlets and temporary settlements of the past, with centuries-old chestnut tree groves, meadows and pastures in springtime (maggenghi), and along the way come across votive capitals, tiny churches and small springs with fountains, which invariably command astounding panoramas.
From the mule tracks leading up to the plateau of Prada di Monte Baldo up to the steep paths that reach the highest peaks of the mountain, you can appreciate the remarkable natural characteristics of this area, which botanists of the past referred to as “Hotus Europae”.
In fact, the main plant formations of the Italian peninsula and of most of Europe unfold in quick succession: the submediterranean vegetation with its holm oaks and olive trees, followed by the thermophilic sub-montane woods characterized by oak, flowering ash and hop hornbeam, then chestnut tree areas, beech woods and mixed coniferous forests, and finally mountain pine forests and high-altitude meadows.

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