Itinerary: Affi, Montalto di Gaium, Pazzon, Ferrara di Monte Baldo, Santa Barbara
Along one of the most beautiful scenic drives that runs between Mount Baldo and Brentonico Plateau, near Lake Garda
This scenic drive leads us to discover Monte Baldo (Mount Baldo) and Altopiano di Brentonico, (Brentonico Plateau) between Lake Garda and Valley of Adige, right along the border between Lombardy and Trentino. It is a charming area that is characterized by large meadows covered with flowers, romantic vineyards, ancient and picturesque villages, and fortified castles. This scenic drive will undoubtedly fascinate you with spectacular views over Lake Garda and breathtaking panoramas of Brenta Dolomites, Massiccio del Pasubio and the Small Dolomites.
Our tour starts from Highway A22: we exit at Affi-Lago di Garda Sud and we follow the signs for Montalto di Gaium at first. Then, we drive towards Vanzela, Pazzon and the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona. A stop here is advisable: leave your car in the parking lot and go down the stairs to reach the Sanctuary, which is nestled on the cliff overhanging the Valley of Adige.
Once we are back in the car, it is time to climb up Monte Baldo, towards Ferrara di Monte Baldo, then, we enter the area of Trentino. If you are doing this drive in Spring, you will be amazed by the meadows, beautiful carpets of multi-colored flowers. We keep driving on Strada Provinciale 230, admiring the small lake Pra da Stua on our left, until we reach two small and nice villages, San Valentino and San Giacomo. The next stop is the bigger town of Brentonico, a beautiful winter destination and ski resort.
The tour continues by going down until we get to Mori. Here, we turn left on Strada Statale 240 for a few miles, crossing nice villages such as Pannone, Renzo, Santa Barbara, Bolognano and Vignole di Arco. The road is a sequence of curves and turns surrounded by thick woods and, further down, beautiful vineyards. From Arco, we keep driving and we pass Dro, Drena, Vigo, and Lasino. Then, we turn right and we take Strada Provinciale 85, which will take us to Garniga Nuova. This is a good place where to admire Monte Bondone and its three beautiful peaks.
The road leads us to the last part of this journey, the beautiful Altopiano di Brentonico (Brentonico Plateau). We cross some nice villages such as Covelo Cimon, Castellano, Pedersano, Nogaredo and Villa Lagarina. Finally, we will enter Highway A22 again through the toll booth of Rovereto Nord, which will lead us home after a beautiful scenic drive among mountain views and fresh air.