Entering the Valle del Caffaro, or going down towards Lavenone, the excursionist will find a thick network of paths to travel along on foot, or by mountainbike or even on horseback, reaching peeks of over 2,000 metress urrounded by alms where the Bagòss cheese is produced, by forts and artifacts of the world wars, and a breathtaking view over the lake and the surrounding Alps. Geology is a strong attraction: within easy reach you can admire important fossils and volcanic rocks from the Ponte di Romanterra and the river Caffaro. Visiting the Little Dolomites of Brescia the imposing limestone mountain formations similar to the Trentine and Veneto mountains that enchant thousands of visitors. Walking among the lake and the mountains you will discover a rich vegetation that has fascinated botanists and academics all over Europe, amazed by the unique and rare flora that grows in this territory.
In the winter months Mount Maniva and the Gaver plain are popular destinations for winter sports such as skiing and snow-boarding. Heading back towards Lake Idro, Mounts Carena and Baremone offer extraordinary views over the Valle Sabbia and host forts, for instance the imposing Rocca d'Anfo, and hold signs of the First World War, like the Forte di Cima Ora.
South of the lake, the Piccole Dolomiti Bresciane (Little Brescian Dolmites), reachable via the comune of Laverone, resemble the mountainous formations of the Dolomiti Trentine and Venete, made of Dolomia Principale rock. These mountains conserve rare endemic flora such as Physoplexiscomosa, and they join the nearby horse trail of the Adamello.
The eastern coast , with lower softer mountains, lead to the wilder Valvestino and the thermophilic forests of the Parco Alto Garda Bresciano.
In conclusion, a few kilometres north of the lake, the Valle del Chiese conducts to the famous Dolomiti di Brenta, precious pearls of the Trentino panorama.
125 km of hiking
115 km of mountain bike