n°2 > Monte Velo

From the car park near the bridge over the River Sarca at Arco, after passing the foot-bridge over the river, carry on towards the Capuchin Monks Monastery. At the village of Massone, go under the little ancient portico as far as a fresh-water fountain. Following the sign-posts for Troiana a surfaced road climbs up as far as Pianaura, famous for its magnificent chestnut trees and rock engravings. At the beginning of the hill there is a rock-climbing face situated just below the old oolite quarriews (a calcareous stone used for ornamental friezes and building). The path leads to Troiana, set 644m. A.S.L. in a delightful valley surrounded by beech, chestnut and fir trees. After Troiana the path becomes a dirt track and leads to Carobbi 754 m. A.S.L. The path rises gradually as far as Passo Due Sassi, from where there is a magnificent view of Alto Garda and the Lake valleys, worth a stop. After reaching Mount Velo, the path leads downwards along a provincial surfaced road for about one kilometre, passing the war memorial on the left. At the hairpin bend near the sign-post for the “Farmacia” (chemist), the path leaves the provincial road and turns left along a small surfaced road. Follow this road ignoring all turnings until the road becomes once more a dirt track. After the cross-bar and an apparently flat stretch of about 1,5 kilometres, the path comes to Fiavei. From here, a wide and undemanding forest road leads down to Bolognano, Massone and finally Arco.


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