Trekking in Limone sul Garda:
ON THE TRAIL OF THE GREAT WAR

Straddling the Valle di Ledro and what is now the border with the Brescia province, Monte Carone was chosen as the site for a number of major artillery emplacements and many relics from that period are still visible today.

The excursion begins at Passo Nota, at 1200 metres, easy reachble by car, passing Vesio di Tremosine and "Vald di Bondo".
There is a small refuge at the pass, built on the site of a former Italian Finance Police barracks. From here starts our walking tour.
The excursion continues towards Passo di Bestana at 1270 metres als, approximately 20 minutes'walk away.On the left, just above the pass, is the former barracks of the Austrin finance police, and the writing "K.u.K. Pioner" can still be read on the northern wall.
The tour continues downhill and then over level ground through a wooded area, which then opens out onto the rim of a deep valley ("Valle del Singol") where, at the bottom, you can see the town of Limone and Lake Garda.
The first military emplacements, small shelters and trenches now begin to appear in the rocky terrain to the side of the road. This was the site of the 398th battery of 149/a cannons commanded by Cesare Maria de Vecchi from Valcismon. The battery covered the mountains of the Valle di Ledro, from Parž to Cima d'Oro, Rocchetta and beyond.
The road continues for a while, remaining level as far as Bocca dei Fortini, where you turn off to join path N. 105 (dedicated to Agostino Tosi), approximately 200 metre from Baita Segala.
The path initially climbs gently through the forest to then cross the slope halfway up, offering spectacular vistas over the Valle del Singol, Dalco, Bestana and Lake Garda. In front stands the rocky face of "Monte Carone", which seems to offer no passable route to the top.
After passing by a few military ruins, the path turns sharply and enters a steep gorge which was previously hidden from view. The path becomes increasingly spectacular now as it climbs up a stairways cut into the rocks in the side of the gorge. While certain parts are rather daunting, a number of steel safety cables mean that the stairways can be climbed safely and easily.
There are almost 200 steps in all, and by the time you reach the top, you are already over 1500 metres above sea level.
The path continues to the peak amid ruins of barracks, stone walls and remnants of trenches. Once, there was even a cableway reaching the peak.
The summit offers a wonderful view encompassing the Adamello, Presenella, Lake Ledro, Lake Garda and the Monte Baldo chain. The 365th artillery battery operated from here, under the command of Lieutenant Giuseppe Cipelli from Fiorenzuola D'Arda.
Continuing along the crest to the east, soon brings you at the site of an anti-aircraft emplacement. After wandering around the military ruins, take path N. 113, which descends the eastern face of the mountain to Punta Mois, and then continues down to "Baita Segala".
This alpine mountain shelter, built in 1975 by the ANA Limone group on the ruins of a military construction from the Great War, is a comfortable refuge offering a chance to rest and regather your energies.
From here, the itinerary retraces the route taken on the way up, taking you back to Passo Nota. Once back at Passo Nota, the excursion concludes with a visit to the nearby small Passo Niota cemetery.


- Total ascent: 300 m
- Length of walk: 5h 30 min
- Road/path type: path, gravel road
- Difficulty: experienced hikers
- What to see: trenches, artillery emplacements, the long Carone stairway, the Passo Nota cemetery
- Start/finish: Passo Nota



Source: Garibaldi and the First World War brochure

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