9 Treks near Brescia to enjoy beautiful natural parks
05 April 2023
Discover the petroglyphs in Val Camonica
When nature and culture meet, the result is a trek that takes your breath away. The National Park of Rock Engravings is located in Capo di Ponte, in Val Camonica, and holds a priceless treasure: the traces of the peoples who lived here in the Iron Age, the Camuni.
Even one trek is enough to delve into history. On the 5 itineraries along easy trails, depending on time available and your interest, you can choose the itinerary that's right for you.
Starting point: Parco Nazionale delle Incisioni Rupestri (Rock Engravings Park)
Duration: 30 minutes
Via ferratas of the Parco delle Fucine and Ferrate di Casto
Are you feeling adventurous and want to test yourself on a via ferrata (mountain routes equipped with steel cables, pegs or ladders, designed to make it easier for hikers to climb safely)? The province of Brescia is rich in equipped routes. One of the most beautiful is the Parco delle Fucine and Ferrate di Casto, between Val Trompia and Valle Sabbia.
In addition to the via ferratas, it offers trekking paths, mountain bike itineraries, a fascinating canyon and a lake. You can also visit a 1930s industrial site with six forges, a mill and a smelting furnace.
Starting point: Parco delle Fucine and Ferrate di Casto
Duration: 40 minutes
The giant bench of Pilzone d'Iseo
Climb onto the Big Bench of Pilzone d'Iseo for a breathtaking view of Sebino and Monte Isola. The giant bench is located in San Fermo and is part of the Big Bench Community Project circuit launched by the artist Chris Bangle.
It can be reached starting from Piazza Basilio Cittadini in Pilzone and, after about forty minutes along a beautiful route carved into the rock, it ends in San Fermo.
Starting point: Big Bench in Pilzone d'Iseo
Duration: 30 minutes
The Forest of Gnomes in Zone
Children - even the grown up ones - will go crazy for the Bosco degli Gnomi (the forest of gnomes) . Here, meeting gnomes, wolves, bears, foxes and hares, you will feel as if you are stepping back in time.
According to legend, the artist Luigi Zatti met gnomes during a walk in the woods and decided to sculpt the fantastic creatures in the trunks of the trees along the mule track which, from Zone, climbs to Monte Guglielmo. It's a fairytale trek.
Starting point: Bosco degli Gnomi (the forest of Gnomes)
Duration: 30 minutes
Exploring the Valley of the Paper Mills, Valle delle Cartiere
In the Valle delle Cartiere, the manufacture of paper, favored by the Toscolano stream, dates back to the Middle Ages. In this valley there were numerous factories that produced paper for centuries, prospering until 1962, when the last paper mill closed its doors.
Traces of tradition remain, to be discovered while out walking in nature that has taken back its space. The trails that cross the valley can be traveled both on foot and on horseback.
Starting point: Valle delle Cartiere
Duration: 2.5 hours
Birdwatching at Torbiere del Sebino
Head as far as the southern end of Lake Iseo, where water and land meet, to discover a true paradise for birdwatchers. The Torbiere del Sebino Nature Reserve.
Mirror like water, reed beds and lagoons give shelter to quantities of birds that can be admired from different observation points. The place is enchanting at all hours but, if you reach it at dawn or dusk, you will be thrilled to see the light playing with the body of water, creating magical effects.
Starting point: Torbiere del Sebino Nature Reserve
Duration: 3 hours
The Monticelli Brusati Waterfalls trail
The circular route of the Sentiero delle Cascate runs in the Gaina Valley and crosses a small canyon carved out by the stream which, along its course, creates a series of waterfalls.
The trail starts from Monticelli Brusati and reaches several waterfalls through sections carved into the rock, metal ladders and sections that require you to go around the water with the help of chains. You need a bit of caution but the beauty of the place will reward you.
Departure place: Sentiero delle Cascate (The waterfall trail)
Distance: 12 km
Duration: 4.5 hours
A walk in the Parco delle Colline
Without going too far from Brescia you can enjoy a relaxing walk in the Parco delle Colline.
The lush green area is the largest in the city and exceeds 4,000 hectares. It’s crossed by numerous paths where you can enjoy a day in nature a stone's throw from the comforts of the center.
Departure place: Parco delle Colline
Duration: 4 hours
A walk among the vineyards of Franciacorta
Combine an outdoor excursion with the discovery of the Franciacorta wine tradition by walking along trails surrounded by vineyards.
En route, on foot or by bike, stop by the wineries to taste some of the most popular wines in Italy. Start from the Provaglio-Timoline railway station and take the Brescia-Paratico cycle path.
Whether nature and sport, whatever your desire, thanks to the countless trekking routes in the natural parks near Brescia, you can enjoy a unique experience.