The little Valley of Santa Lucia
A wild place, rich in natural beauty; through it run an old Roman road which, in the past, was the only link between the Adige Valley, Lake Garda and the Po plain.
Here you can find the signs and traces of mans work dating from ancient time: here the art of terrace - making and drystone -walking were pursued.
The ancient and venerable olive grove is among the longest standing in the Garda area.
Beneath these trees Saint Vigilio ( fourth century), Bishop of Trento, passed several times on his pastoral journeys along the eastern side of Lake Garda.
In the past centuries emperors, kings and army leaders with their troops come down this road on their way to conquest of the fertile italian plains.
In 1439, a unique historical event took place here: to oppose the dominion of the Visconti family over Lake Garda, the Venetians transported a whole fleet of Galleys through this rugged valley down to Torbole ( Having reached Mori village along the River Adige)
High up on the cliff you can see the ruins of Penede Castle, which bears witness to a remote feudal past.
the fastest route is the motorway A22 (Modena - Brennero): till Rovereto Sud - Lago di Garda Nord only 17 km to Torbole
coming from N you can leave the motorway at Trento Centro and follow the SS 45b (about 40 km) to Torbole
from Brescia, along the SS 45 bis (Gardesana Occidentale) - 80 km : between Gargnano and Torbole the road is a little narrow.
from Brescia, along the SS 449 (Gardesana Orientale) wider and faster but in summer months very crowded.
Trento and Rovereto (Autobus Atesina)
Verona and Desenzano (Autobus A.P.T.V.)
Brescia and Milano (Autobus S.I.A.)
Venezia (Autobus A.P.T.V.) seasonal limited service (summer)
by plane, nearest airports
Verona - Villafranca (Valerio Catullo)
Montichiari - Brescia (Gabriele D'Annunzio)
Venezia (Marco Polo)
Milano (Linate e Malpensa).
nearest rail station is Rovereto (Brennero line)
a public bus service joins Rovereto to Torbole, Riva and Arco.
from Milano or Venezia the best choices are Desenzano, Peschiera or Verona. Herefrom public bus services of A.P.T.V. (Azienda Provinciale Trasporti Verona) toward Torbole
From Torbole’s central square it’s straight up taking the old Nago road. At the first hairpin go straight on for the little valley of Santa Lucia, which on a cobbled road passes the foot of the cliff dominated by the ruins of Penede castle.The old road go till Nago village.