188 Route 32. RIVA. Lago di Garda.
From Riva to Mori (p. 47; 107a M.), a station on the Trent and
Verona line, omnibus thrice daily in 2!/2 hrs. (fare 90 kr., coupe 1 fl.),
two-horse carriage 772 fl., one-horse 4 fl. The road, which is recommended
to pedestrians in cool weather, leads through Torbole ("Bertolini), a har¬
bour on the N.E. bank of the lake, and then ascends to the left to Nago,
whence, before entering the fort, a magnificent '"Retrospect of the lake
is obtained. The road next traverses a wild and stony mountain ridge,
skirts the picturesque little Lake of Loppio (666 ft.), and reaches the village
of Loppio. The village of Mori is 2 M. from the station.
Excursions. To the "Fall of the Ponale (1 hr.), best accomplished by
boat (there and back 2 fl. and fee). The waterfall itself, which is formed
by the Ponale shortly before it flows from the Val di Ledro into the lake, is
insignificant, but its surroundings are picturesque. We disembark at the
point where the disused bridle-path from the Ledro valley reaches the
lake, ascend a little, passing some ruined houses, and beyond the old
bridge, just below the fall, reach the best point of view. — The walk to
the fall by the new *Road is also interesting. It leads at a considerable
height along the rocky precipices of the W. bank , through a succession
of tunnels and cuttings, to the Val di Ledro. At the point where it turns
to the right into the valley, a path descending to the left, then ascend¬
ing, and again descending, leads to the waterfall, and commands the most
beautiful views (shade in the afternoon).
The Monte Brione (1184 ft,), a hill 1 hr. to the E. of Riva, affords
a fine survey of the valley and almost the entire lake. The easiest ascent
is from the N. side. The small village of La Grotta, at the foot of the
Monte Brione, IV2 M. from Riva, is a favourite afternoon-resort.
A pleasant excursion may be made towards the N.W. to (I72M.) Var-
rone, where there is a wild and picturesque *Gorge with a fine waterfall,
lately made easily accessible (attendant 20 kr. for each person; ring at the
mill). The excursion may be continued by Cologna to (2'A M.) Tenno,
from the old castle of which a charming view is enjoyed. The road then
traverses richly cultivated uplands, at a considerable height, and leads
by Varignano to (472 M.) Arco (p. 46).
The Monte Baldo, a range 45 M. in length, which separates the Lake
of Garda from the valley of the Adige, is best ascended from Nago (see
above). The Altissimo di Nago (6970 ft.), the summit towards the N.
and the most beautiful point, is reached hence in 5-6 hrs. (guide). Exten¬
sive panorama, comprising a great part of Upper Italy, the lake, the valley
of the Adige, and the snow-mountains of the Adamello, Presanella, and the
Ortler. — The ascent of the Monte Maggiore, or Telegrafo (7280 ft.), the cen¬
tral point, from Torri or Garda (p. 189), via Caprino, in 7 hrs., is fatiguing.
The Valle di Ledro affords another interesting excursion (carriage to
Pieve and back 5 fl.; diligence daily at 3 p. m.). Beginning of the route
the same as to the Fall of the Ponale (see above). The road then turns
to the W. into a green valley, and leads by Biacesa, Molina, the pretty
Lago di Ledro (2135 ft,), and Mezzolago on its N. bank, to (63/4 M. from
Riva) Pieve di Ledro (Albergo alia Torre). — At Bezzecca, 3/t M. beyond
Pieve, opens the Val Concei, with the villages of (74 hr.) Enguiso and
(74 hr.) Lenzumo (thence back to Riva direct, by the Mte. Tratta and
Campi, in 372 hrs.). From Bezzecca the road leads by Tiarno, and through
the Val Ampola, to (9 M.) Storo (Cavallo Bianco) in the Val Bona, or Chiese,
in which, 3 M. higher, lies Condino (Torre), the capital of S. Giudicaria.
Beyond Storo, and about I72 M. below the bridge over the Chiese, the
road crosses the Caffaro near Lodrone (Austrian and Italian frontier), and
reaches (I72 M.) the Lago d'Idro, 6 M. long, 74 M. broad, the W. bank
of which it skirts. Opposite (33/4 M.) Anfo, with the mountain-castle
Rocca d'Anfo, lies the small village of Idro. At (3 M.) Lavenone, at the
S. end of the lake, begins the picturesque Val Sabbia, of which the capi¬
tal is (3 M.) Vestone (Tre Spade). At (3 M.) Barghe the road divides;
that to the E. leads by Sabbio, Vobarno, and Volciano to (12 M.) Said on
the Lago di Garda (p. 187); that to the W. to Preseglie and through the
Val Garza to (15 M.) Brescia (p. 189).