Description of the route

Follow the Gardesana until it runs behind Salo and you will see the turn off for Renzano (left turn when travelling from the south and right from the north. After approximately .5km you will see the gates of the Agriturismo Renzano on your left, a cobbled street ahead and a turning up on your right. Turn right here and then right again at the end you will find some white parking bays, you can park here.

Now on foot go back to the cobbled street, on the wall you will see a sign for the Santuario del Rio and a Marker for route 16, follow the cobbled road through the old village. The village is small but very pretty and very old, if you look carefully at the walls of some of the buildings you can see what look like the scars of ancient battles and if you have an imagination like mine you can transport yourself back to bygone days.

Just out of the village you will come to a ‘No Through Road’ sign, after approximately 20m don’t carry on to Santuario del Rio but instead turn right (you will see a marker for San Bartolomeo and Passo La Stacca possibly obscured by the bushes). Keep following the markers for Passo La Stacca until you come to a crossroads (Passo La Stacca) with a marker to Bagnolo 17b.

Follow 17b, you will arrive at Bagnolo and it will seem like you are walking through somebody’s garden but don’t worry you are on the right path this is Azienda Agrituristica Del Bagnolo . You will eventually exit through a gated arch and then you will be on tarmac. Follow the road down until you come to a marker for S.Michele 17. Follow this down until you arrive in San Michele where you can find a restaurant, a café/bar and a shop.

When you have refreshed yourself you need to go back the way you came. When you arrive back at the marker which directed you down to S.Michele instead of turning right and going back up to Bagnolo, cross the road and follow the marker for Serniga 17.

When you arrive in the village follow the marker 17 turn left (the marker will be on the wall of a yellow house, then at the end turn right and follow the track until you arrive back at Passo La Stacca. Follow the markers to

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St.Bartolomeo 17, when you come to the village you will come out on to the tarmacroad. Keep walking straight ahead and you will soon pick up the markers for route 17  Salo.

You will be taken back off the road, follow the track down until you see a gate on your right (a red and white marker is painted on the gate post. Climb over the gate and keep following the markers to down to Salo/Renzano 17. Watch out for a blue marker which reads Belvedere Amici del Golfo. At this marker there is a little track that leads up to an amazing view point of the Gulf of Salo. Don’t worry if you miss this as there is another view point a few hundred meters along the route, just watch out for the picnic table on the left and a track next to which takes you up to the viewpoint.

Once you have been overwhelmed by the amazing views you need to get back on track and start your descent back down to your car at Renzano. You will come to a junction where the marker 17 turns left down to Salo, don’t turn left but go straight ahead following the markers to Renzano you will arrive safely back at your car.

Details of the route

  • Route: Sentieri 16, 17, 17b
  • Distance: :10.6miles(circular route)
  • Time: 4 to 5 hours (including stops)
  • Altitude: Min 505ft, Max 1727ft
  • Terrain/Vista: Mountain view, spectacular lake view, farmland, woodland, mountain track
  • Underfoot: Gravel/stoney path, mud path, tarmac road, concrete road
  • Refreshments: 1 restaurant Hotel Colomber, 1 bar/restaurant Trattoria Pieroli(in San Michele), Azienda Agrituristica Del Bagnolo, Hosteria da Lidia St Bartolomeo(open in summer season only)
  • Places of interest: Mountain villages

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