Monte Tonale Orientale

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This itinerary takes place on the paths, walkways and fortifications of the Great War, and includes the Città Morta (The dead city) an Austrian military village at high altitude.
From Monte Tonale Orientale there is a wide panoramic view of the Presanella group and the higher part of the Val di Sole. Anhistorical and cultural trail with the possibility of seeing the Austrian system of fortifications on the Italian border. A real open-air museum dedicated to the defence and fortification of Tonale.

Route info

11.2 km
Activity time
5:13 h.
Uphill Elevation
707 m
Downhill elevation
697 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
2671 m
Lowest point
1966 m
Height difference
705 m


APT Valli di Sole, Peio e Rabbi


Forte Zaccarana was constructed between 1908 and 1914, at an altitude of 2000m on the ridge, which divides the Val Strino and the Val Vermiglio. It was built at the same time as Forte Presanella (on the opposite side of the valley) in order to form a blockade to the Val di Sole and prevent a possible Italian attack from Passo Tonale. During the First World War, it was heavily bombarded. Recently restored it has been included in the project «On the trail of the Great War».

Safety information

The trail is well marked and signposted with the Red and White SAT signs, with the number of the path written in black.

  • Choose a route which is suitable and in line with your preparation.
  • Leave information of your itinerary and approximate return time.
  • Pay attention to the signs and indications found on the way.
  • Do not hesitate to return if necessary.
  • In case of accident or emergency, call 118.

All the information given in this profile is subject to change or alteration and therefore not always absolutely valid. It is not possible to completely avoid inaccuracies due to the very rapid changes in weather or environmental conditions, which can verify themselves without warning. For this reason, we accept No responsibility for eventual changes, which may affect the person involved. We strongly advise that weather and/or environmental conditions be checked before departure.

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.

Starting point

Ospizio S. Bartolomeo car park


E - Escursionistico (Hiker)

Departure point is the characteristic Ospizio S. Bartolomeo (1.971m) at Passo Tonale. Follow the dirt road for Malga Valbiolo until arriving at the crossroads (2.042m) and take the SAT 161, which, after series of steep bends ascends to Monte Tonale Orientale. Follow the path until reaching an evident ridge, which will take you to the highest point (2.696m). Re-tracing your steps back for a few minutes, descend left in the direction of the below lying military village known as Città Morta (2.493m) where the ruins of the huge Austrian military camp can still be seen. From here take the SAT 137 down towards Val di Strino, until crossing the SAT 160 (known as Borzelait) which continues in descent beyond the steep channels which descend towards Malga Strino, and reaching the ruins of Forte Zaccarana (2.100m), at one time a dominant strategic point in Passo Tonale. From the fort follow the easy path towards Tonale and Ospizio S. Bartolomeo.

Public transportation

By train to Trento (Verona-Brennero line) and from here, take the Trento-Malè-Mezzana (Val di Sole) local train to any station where buses are available for the latest timetable go to

How to get there

Take the A22 motorway and exit at Trento Nord (if you are coming from the south) or S. Michele all’Adige (if you coming from the north). Proceed in direction Cles, Val di Non, Val di Sole, to Passo Tonale.

Proceed along the SS42 (direction Passo Tonale).

From Passo Tonale follow the signs to Valbiolo, take the road beside the car ski lift car park until reaching Ospizio S. Bartolomeo.

Where to park

Ospizio S. Bartolomeo car park (Passo Tonale)
Recommended equipment: Waterproof clothes, light but warm (the first layer of clothing in contact with the skin, should be made of polypropylene, a second layer should be of wool or felt (for insulation) and the third layer, waterproof windcheater raincoat in nylon or Gore-Tex and long trousers, trekking shoe (not trainers), gloves hat, a change of clothes and a rucksack.
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