The round tour over Monte Castello is really a short one. It will take you only an hour and half. But on it you will visit some of the most stunning places around Lago di Garda, characterised primarilly with scary views over the cliffs down to the lake. The tour does not make you the whole day, but it can be with ease added to any tour in the vicinity, like for example on Cima Comer.
Getting ThereWe leave our car on the parking place below the sanctuary. There we come by the road from Gargnano. A few km NE of the town the road deters left uphills. It is very panoramic, leading us by Piovere, then through Oldesio, Gardola and finally below our hill. The road approach from the other side is more winding, because the road must go far around to overcome Torrente (creek) San Michele. From Lago di Garda we start driving uphills either in Pieve or already in Limone sul Garda. The whole road trip can be recommended anyway as a nice panoramic drive (or can be done by bike - the road is asphalted and good).
The Round Tour Over Monte Castello
Description. From the parking place we go to the sanctuary by the road or by comfortable shortcuts. Till there we have only 120 m, so 20 min. From before the church we continue by the western side. Soon we are on the ridge again, asking ourselves how will the path manage to go over the precipituous cliffs. But in the beginning it goes into the left slopes, makes a comfortable turn and again we are on the ridge - on the first of the famous panoramic points. The view on the church and the lake is exceptional. Further on the path goes by the ridge or on some places across the slopes left of it. Above there is another nice lookout point and then the path goes above the abysses, passing the summit which we reach from the NE direction.
The continuation of the tour is similar. By a panoramic, forrested edge a comfortable path goes. In this part it goes mostly by the eastern side, just above the abysses. Left in the rocks there are many caverns from the big war. Finally the path reaches a very panoramic pier where also views towards the north open.
From the pier we continue into a broader, but still quite steep NE slope of the mountain. The path is on some places narrow and descends in several switchbacks. We often ask ourselves how far down we shall descend unnecessarilly. One or two paths do deter left, but they are not marked. Finally we cross also a scree field, the path dose some more turns down, and finally starts crossing the slopes far to the left. When it reaches the bottom of the slope there is a crossroads. The right path goes into Prabione, but we turn left up by a cart road. Yes, we must gain some 50 m of altitude. When we do that ascent the path exits right on the asphalted road, by which we march to the parking place.