At the foot of Monte Baldo

Walking time: 4 hours
Grade: Easy
Highest Altitude: Prada Alta 1.000 m (2.280 feet)
Lowest Altitude: Marniga 90 m (295 feet)

Start from the little square in the village of Marniga and take the old mule track that rises steeply between the houses before levelling out between gardens and fields. In about 15 minutes you reach Campo, an old village – it was built in the Middle Ages and once boasted a castle – but now almost abandoned, the toal number of inhabitants being no more than ten. There is a spring in the village, the best (only) refreshment being the clear water it provides. Go through the village, noticing the occasional millstone still visible, a memento of the time when the village war rich from the efforts of its millers as well as the farmers and fisher folk. The mule track goes up behind the church, passing a few solitary trees before reaching a wood. The valley here was cut by an Ice Age glacier, some of the boulders showing evidence of its cutting edge.

As the mule track zig-zags up the valley side look out for the marks made by the sledges loaded with wood or other odds and ends that were drawn behind the mules. Look too for the iron hooks used by the muleteers to hold the load while the mule rested or, sometimes, to take a rope so the man could help his animals. Continue climbing, passing the first chestnut trees, to reach the green and wild Prada Alta, a flat land at about 1.000 metres (3.280 feet) from where there is a beautiful view of Monte Baldo.

When a road is reached go right along it (towards S Zeno di Montagna), passing the church of S Francesco to the left after about 800 metres (1/2 mile). About 200 meters futhter on thake the track on the right. The track soon reaches a balcone (balcony) from where the view of the lake and of nearby Valle Senaga is excellent. Beyond the lake are the mountains of Val Sabbia and Val Camonica, Monte Pizzocolo standin out especially well. This peak – sometimes called the Nose of Napoleon (!) – is climbed on Walk 26. Far to the right of the peak are the upland regions of Tignale and Tremosine. The mule track descends quickly form the balcony reaching a pool and a small chestnut tree wood close to LaCa. Continue to Fontana Coperta where there is a welcome spring, elegantly enclosed. Cross the road beyond the spring into an area of trees and shrubs and go down to the hamlet of Biasa where the first refreshment stop of the walk is available (other than the spring water of course). From the village there is a choice: go ahead, down the road to Castelletto from where a bus can be used to return to Assenza di Brenzone, or, and better, go along the road to Fasor and through that village to reach a track – to the left as the road swings sharply right – for Campo. From there, reverse the outward route to Marniga.