BaitoneAlpino suggest: hermitage of Santa Barbara

The church of Santa Barbara is visible from the town of Riva del Garda, as the crow flies right above the Bastione. The church was built during the construction of the hydroelectric power plant and water pipes (around 1925) and is dedicated to the patron saint of miners. Thanks to these pipes, the water withdrawn from Lake Ledro was forced towards the power plant for the production of electricity. At the top there is also the Santa Barbara hut managed by the Sat of Riva del Garda. The starting point of this circular itinerary is via Monte Oro in Riva del Garda, where you can park your car (for a fee). You have to take the path number 404 which will initially lead you to the Bastione di Rica del Garda, that small fort that can be seen from the center of the town. The Bastion was built to ensure greater security to the underlying village and its inhabitants at the beginning of the 16th century, when the Venetian domination of Riva had just ended, it was destroyed in 1703 by French troops, who undermined the central body making the fort unusable. From its clearing, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the lake. From here, continue on the dirt path that crosses the forest and climbs up to reach the Santa Barbara hut which can be reached in about 1 hour and 15 minutes. From here you can continue to the Church which can be reached in 15 minutes or follow the no. 404 / bis from which the Friendship Ferrata starts, which is recommended to be made only with appropriate via ferrata equipment. The return can be made following the same path or alternatively, after passing the church, you can take path 405 which from 'Bochet d'Enzima' goes back to Riva del Garda. Along this stretch there are iron stairs and the use of via ferrata equipment is recommended. Remember that it is advisable to wear hiking shoes and always carry snacks and plenty of water.