Tremosine sul Garda

Tremosine what to see

Tremosine sul Garda is a jewel set in the heart of the Alto Garda Bresciano Park, nestled between the majestic mountains and sparkling waters of Lake Garda.

For those who venture into this area, the main attraction is undoubtedly the famous Strada della Forra, an engineering masterpiece that winds through deep gorges and spectacular views.

But it is the famous ‘thrill terrace’ that steals the heart, and the breath, of visitors: 350 metres above the lake, this terrace suspended in the void offers one of the most sensational views of the entire Garda

Curiosity: the name Tremosine has ancient roots: some scholars speculate that it derives from the proper name ‘Tremusina’, of Etruscan origin. There is another interpretation, based on the word ‘hopper’: a tool used to feed the mills, testifying to the importance of agriculture and cereal milling for the local economy of the time.

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THE UNMISSABLE

• Strada della Forra
• Terrazza del brivido
• Chiesa di Pregasio

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• Tuesday

What to see in Tremosine

The area of Tremosine sul Garda encompasses a territory of about 70 square kilometres and is made up of no less than 18 hamlets, including the picturesque hamlet of Pieve, where time seems to have stood still: amidst picturesque alleyways and the old wash-house, it is possible to breathe in the timeless atmosphere of this village with an ancient flavour. This scattered municipality enchants visitors by offering an authentic experience in the tranquillity of nature. Whether strolling through the alleys of the village or looking out onto the vertiginous terrace of the chill-out, time spent here is a journey through history and nature. Since 2009, Tremosine sul Garda has boasted inclusion in the list of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages in Italy’, a prestigious recognition that underlines the indisputable charm of this area on the Lombard shore of Lake Garda. This protected and preserved landscape offers an immersive experience in unspoilt nature, making Tremosine sul Garda a true paradise for lovers of nature and open spaces. Let us now discover in detail what to see in Tremosine.

Strada della Forra

In the heart of Tremosine sul Garda lies Pieve, located on the highest part of a cliff, at an altitude of 423 metres.

In the past, a winding path served as a link between the port of Tremosine sul Garda and Pieve, allowing the inhabitants to carry out their activities. All goods had to be transported manually along this impervious path.

Today, the landscape has changed: the current connecting road offers a more accessible, though no less fascinating, alternative. The famous Strada della Forra, designed by Arturo Cozzaglio in 1913, is an engineering masterpiece that winds its way through the gorge of the Brasa stream.

Its construction required great effort, but once completed this scenic road was hailed as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ by Winston Churchill.

Following the Strada della Forra is an unforgettable experience: the rocks rise imposingly on both sides and the overhangs leave you breathless.

A curiosity: the Gorge Road was the setting for one of the most spectacular film chases in the James Bond film ‘007 – Quantum of Solace’, in which Daniel Craig drives his Aston Martin at full speed.

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Thrill Terrace

The ‘thrill terrace’ of Tremosine is a vantage point 350 metres above the village of Pieve, offering a breathtaking view.

Located within the Hotel Paradiso area, the ‘thrill terrace’ may be a little difficult to spot at first glance.

However, as soon as you access this concrete platform that extends beyond the promontory on which it rests, you find yourself literally suspended in the void. Looking down, one has a panoramic view encompassing the entire Lake Garda and the surrounding mountains.

Access to the Terrazza del Brivido is completely free and open to everyone, not just guests of Hotel Paradiso.

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Church of St John the Baptist

The Church of St John the Baptist, in the heart of Pieve di Tremosine, represents a precious mine of history and sacred art that has its roots in the 7th century. Originally dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, the church underwent several transformations over the centuries. It was only in 1633 that it was officially dedicated to St John the Baptist, patron saint of the village. The current structure of the church dates back to the period between 1570 and 1593, during which the main nave was built and the pre-existing bell tower enlarged. The interior of the church is a treasure trove of artistic treasures, with wooden decorations made by the artist Lucchini da Castel Condino in the 18th century, paintings by Francesco Barbieri and a 17th-century altarpiece by Giuliano Glissenti.

Piazza Arturo Cozzaglio

From the clearing in front of the Church of San Giovanni Battista, one reaches Via IV Novembre, to arrive at the majestic Piazza Arturo Cozzaglio, dedicated to the visionary engineer who created the famous Forra road, mentioned above. From the square, a panorama opens up that embraces the entire lake and the imposing peaks of Monte Baldo.

Church of Pregasio

Continuing our journey through the picturesque hamlets of Tremosine sul Garda, we stop at Pregasio, a charming village at an altitude of 487 metres. The Church of Pregasio, built in 1564 during the Venetian rule and dedicated to St Mark, is one of the architectural gems of the village. Its construction took almost a century to complete. Inside, the church has a single rectangular nave, culminating in the high altar, where an altarpiece dating back to 1600 depicts St Mark in the company of an angel. A side altar is dedicated to Our Lady of Health. In the past, the Church of Pregasio was a place of pilgrimage during times of plague, when the faithful gathered to invoke protection and healing.

The Hermitage of San Michele

A few steps from Tremosine sul Garda, nestled in the picturesque Val San Michele and surrounded by the wild beauty of the Gardesana Forest, stands the Hermitage of San Michele. Although its strategic position may suggest a medieval fortress, the Hermitage actually has religious roots. The church dedicated to St Michael Archangel is the centrepiece of this thousand-year-old structure. Inside, a large polygonal apse, probably dating back to the 14th century, dominates the space, but the workmanship on the lower walls suggests an even older origin. During the months of May and September, the Hermitage hosted two important processions in honour of St Michael, attracting devotees from all over the region. However, in the 19th century, the structure fell into disuse and was abandoned. Today, the Hermitage of San Michele is run by the Lombard Franciscan friars, who devoutly guard this place of peace and spirituality.
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Things to do in Tremosine

Let us now discover what to do in Tremosine sul Garda, a place for adventurous excursions in close contact with nature.

PATH OF THE 13 BELL TOWERS

A truly unique and unmissable experience is to set off on one of the many paths that criss-cross the territory of Tremosine, such as the ‘Way of the 13 bell towers’ that dot the hamlets of Tremosine sul Garda.

Next to each bell tower you will find a notice board, a book of thoughts and a bench, creating a space for sharing and reflection open to all. Every visitor will have the opportunity to leave their thoughts, meditate and find inspiration in the beauty of the place.

Various itinerary proposals are available on the website of the Pro Loco of Tremosine sul Garda: infotremosine.it

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TREKKING IN TREMOSINE

Tremosine sul Garda offers a unique natural environment that lends itself well to the practice of various outdoor sports. Of all of them, trekking is certainly one of the most popular in the area: this enchanting corner of Lake Garda is a true paradise for lovers of long walks and panoramic excursions.

From lush forests to alpine pastures, from paths climbing the mountain slopes to peaceful walks along the lake shore, there is a route suitable for every level of experience and every type of adventure.

Tremosine on two wheels

For those who prefer to explore the region on two wheels, scenic bike tours offer a unique perspective on the scenic beauty of Tremosine sul Garda.

But also for motorbike owners, the area around Tremosine sul Garda is a true paradise, with the famous Strada della Forra characterised by bends and hairpin bends that test the skills of the most daring motorcyclists.

Adventures between sky and water

For the more adventurous, paragliding offers the opportunity to enjoy a completely new view of the woods and Lake Garda, undoubtedly providing an unforgettable feeling of freedom.

Another adrenaline-filled option is canyoning, an activity widely practised throughout Lake Garda, which allows you to explore hidden gorges and waterfalls, immersing yourself completely in the area’s wildest nature.

Visit to the Must

For those who, on the other hand, want to discover the history of Tremosine, we suggest a visit to the ‘Must’, a museum with seven exhibition rooms.

Three of these rooms focus on the events of the Great War in the Upper Garda area, while the remaining four explore the territory of Tremosine, its history and its naturalistic, environmental and cultural elements.

The exhibition is available in Italian and English, and an audio guide accompanies visitors along the exhibition route.

There is also a didactic laboratory, spaces for meetings and conferences, and a guesthouse. Located in Villa Paradiso, an Art Nouveau building dating back to the early 20th century and formerly the town hall until 1990, the Tremosine Museum is an important reference point for understanding and appreciating local history and culture.

Discovering local flavours

Garda, as you know, is a region famous for products such as wine and extra virgin olive oil. But here, you can also find a well-known traditional cheese product: Formaggella di Tremosine, prepared with freshly milked milk from cows that graze in the open air, in the mountains of the Alto Garda Bresciano Park.

Formaggella di Tremosine has a soft texture and a delicate flavour that lends itself to many uses in the kitchen and is used as an ingredient in local dishes.

During your gourmet shopping, remember to check the cross-shaped mark that distinguishes the original Formaggella di Tremosine sul Garda.

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Tremosine and surroundings

What to do near Tremosine? Here are some suggestions to enrich your holiday on Lake Garda.

The Lake Garda cycle path

One of the most spectacular and popular attractions in the area is the Lake Garda cycle path, which was inaugurated on 14 July 2018 in the nearby town of Limone sul Garda.

This cycle/pedestrian path runs from Limone sul Garda to the border with the autonomous province of Trento, passing through amazing landscapes.

The section of the cycle path that stretches directly over the lake is particularly impressive and has become a real tourist attraction.

Beautiful by day and marvellous by night, the cycle path can be travelled 24 hours a day thanks to modern LED lighting that allows it to be used even in the dark.

The suspended cycle path has a total length of about 2 kilometres, but the complete route from Limone is about 5 kilometres (10 round trip).

If travelling by bicycle, it is recommended not to exceed a speed of 10 kilometres per hour, to ensure everyone’s safety.

To the north, the track ends at the border with the territory of Riva del Garda and joins State Road 45bis. However, it is advisable to avoid continuing along the road and return to Limone by retracing the cycle path in reverse, to fully enjoy the beauty of the route in total safety.

The lemon houses of Lake Garda

On the shores of Lake Garda, a distinctive element of the landscape are the lemon houses, the characteristic greenhouses where citrus fruits were cultivated for commercial purposes from the late 17th century onwards.

These lemon houses are an important part of the local history and culture, bearing witness to centuries of agricultural tradition on the shores of the lake. Despite changes over the centuries, some lemon houses have been restored and opened to the public, offering visitors the opportunity to explore this historical and botanical heritage. The most famous are located in nearby Limone sul Garda and the ‘Pra’ de la Fam’ lemon house in Tignale.

Through guided tours and didactic routes, it is possible to immerse oneself in the fascinating world of the lemon houses, discovering the ancient techniques of citrus cultivation and appreciating the beauty of the gardens and vegetable gardens that surround these greenhouses.

Sanctuary of Montecastello

In the surroundings of Tignale, stands the Sanctuary of Montecastello, an impressive place situated in a panoramic position above Lake Garda on a rocky spur of Monte Cas.

To reach it, start out from Tignale and follow a steep road with views of the surrounding region. Along the way, you will come across chapels illustrating the Mysteries of the Rosary.

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Tremosine sul Garda: Faq

By car
Coming from the north: A22-Brenner motorway: Rovereto Sud/Lago di Garda Nord.
Coming from the south: A4-Milan-Venice: Brescia Est or Desenzano del Garda.

By train
The nearest railway stations to Tremosine are Rovereto (Tn) and Desenzano (Bs). From here you can easily take the SIA bus line to Limone sul Garda/Gargnano and continue on the route to Tremosine sul Garda.

By plane
The nearest airports are Verona-Villafranca (103 km) and Bergamo-Orio al Serio (125 km).

Between the town hall and the church you will find a small pay car park where you can leave your car. This is a convenient option and close to the heart of the village.

In case you cannot find space, there is a second car park just outside the village, from which the centre can be reached in a few minutes’ walk.

In case of bad weather, it will be pleasant to pamper yourself in one of the large thermal parks in the province of Brescia: Terme di Sirmione, Terme di Boario, Terme di Vallio and Terme di Angolo.
Nearby Brescia is also teeming with restaurants and shops to satiate your craving for taste and shopping.

The 18 charming hamlets that make up Tremosine sul Garda offer an extensive network of paths and trails ideal for exploring unspoilt nature with the whole family.

For a unique and immersive experience, an exciting horseback ride through the natural wonders of Tremosine is worthwhile. With itineraries winding through mountain trails and scenic roads, you can explore the beauty of the area from a completely new perspective that will entertain the little ones.

Take advantage of an educational visit to the Caseificio Alpe del Garda cheese factory. Here you can learn how delicious local cheeses are made, including the traditional Formagella di Tremosine.

Children will love seeing the animals up close and learning about the cheese-making process. An alternative is a visit to the museum of Tremosine, the Must, which provides educational workshops for children.

Tremosine is most famous for La Strada della Forra, known as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’.
It is also home to the famous ‘terrace of thrills’, a panoramic area overlooking Lake Garda.
From a gastronomic point of view, it is known for its Formaggella.

For up-to-date information on how to walk the Strada della Forra, please visit the website of the Pro Loco di Tremosine: infotremosine.com.

During the summer months, the traffic situation may change, with the road becoming one-way. On the website of the Pro Loco di Tremosine you will find all the information you need to organise your trip safely and smoothly along this scenic road.

To reach the Terrazza del Brivido, you must travel to the village of Pieve di Tremosine sul Garda using the village’s main road. Here you will reach Hotel Paradiso, which now houses the terrace, and walk through the lobby with the reception desk to access – free of charge – the Terrazza del Brivido.

Tremosine sul Garda is located in Lombardy, in the province of Brescia, in the Alto Garda Bresciano Regional Park.

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