Arco breathes outdoor. Walking through the town, you’ll see climbers and mountainbikers everywhere. We have been here once in 2007 and this year we came back for a week. We’ve been climbing in: Corno di Bo, Nago, Massone and Val Lomasone. The last massif is not directly near Arco, but it is worthwhile to travel there because it’s nice and quiet climbing and not so polished as the other easy routes in Arco.
Besides climbing we’ve been doing two via ferratas.
Via Ferrate Che Guevara
We park our car in Pietramurata and walk through the industrial area to the start of via ferrata Che Guevara. Just before the route starts, we’re passed by an Italian guy in swimming trunks and a tiny backpack with space for a can of soda at most.
It’s a beautiful route, good weather and the views over Valle dei Laghi and Valle del Sarca are breathtaking. The route varies with ladders, scrambling and ledges up until top Monte Casale. We sweat out at Rifugio Don Zio and return to the valley via GR426. A part of GR426, Sentiero dei Rampin, has been turned into a via ferrata as well now. A lot of rocks are descending with us, we were glad to wear helmets. Unfortunately one of our unsecured nectarines didn’t make it back.
The second via ferrata we did was a tour to Cima Capi. We left from Biacesa and went to chapel S. Giovanni via GR470 and GR471.
Then we went to Biv. Arcioni, GR460 (Sent. A Foletti), GR405 to Cima Capi. Over Sent. F Susatti and GR470 we went back to Biacesa. A tour that doesn’t take very long and varies a lot. The secured parts are not difficult and change into footpaths. There is also a lot to be seen of World War One: Trenches, tunnels, corridors and caves that you can walk in and through. Don’t forget to take a torch with you if you’re going to do this route!
Many thanks to the fast service of Mammut. They quickly exchanged our six year old via ferrata sets for new ones because of a recall!
When roaming through Arco don’t forget to taste the home-made ice at Gelateria Mio in the centre next to the bridge of the Sarca! (Gelato Mio, Via Segantini Giovanni 2, 38062 Arco)
Tabacco Carta Topografica per escursionisti, 1:25 000
055 Valle del Sarca
Arco – Riva del Garda