Mount Maniva may be a name you are familiar with even if you have never been to this region as it is famous for it’s natural spring water. Maniva spring water‘s claim to fame is it’s very low sodium content, it is given a 5/5 ranking by the Good Health Guide. Mount Maniva is situated one and half hours drive north of Lake Garda, just to the west of Lago D’Idro. It is worth a mention in these pages because if you are touring Lake Garda then Mount Maniva has such a lot to offer and it is certainly worth a detour.
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Lake Idro is glacial in origin and is the highest in altitude of the Italian lakes. A tranquil setting surrounded by wild nature, it is a fantastic destination for sports-lovers, especially wind-surfers and free-climbers as well as mountain biking, sailing and fishing-enthusiasts. The town of Vesta, on the east shore, features a rock wall on the banks of the lake, making it an important free-climbing attraction.
Take the SS669 which follows the course of the Fume (River) Caffero from Idro and start your way up Maniva, you very soon come to the picturesque village of Bagolino, which is most famous for it’s Bagoss cheese, and it’s Carnevale, which is usually held in February.
Continue up the mountain and you will arrive at Maniva Ski Resort. although a fairly small and not so well known resort, this can be to your advantage.
“The ski area offers 10 km ski-tourism runs inside a various and peerless backdrop, among pines and conifers woods. Runs are suitable for every levels, with tracks always at thier best thanks to the zeal of the snow-mobile drivers, who at the end of the day come with their means to reshape the wonderful runs Maniva is not just ski, but also snowboarding, ski-tourism, “ciaspole”, Nordic walking and all the other sport activities you can practise during winter on the snow.”- Eridio Holiday
Obviously if you travelling during the spring and summer months the ski resort will be closed, but don’t let that stop you as the area is fantastic for hiking and cycling, also for touring by car or motorbike.
“The high level terrain of Alta Valtrompia is both spectacular and easily accessible from Maniva. The starting height of 1700 mts allows easy access to the spectacular views and exhilaration of pre-
real asset for trips into this environment and allows you to plan your walks well in advance.”- visit val trompia