Road of 52 Tunnels

Road of 52 Tunnels, Valli del Pasubio: Address, Road of 52 Tunnels Reviews: 4.5/5

Road of 52 Tunnels
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Pascal
Breda, The Netherlands8 contributions
Impressive experience
Jun 2021 • Couples
A great and impressive experience, we did the walk without knowing what to expect and without proper preparation (scarpe troppo scivolose). But because of the early summer season the walk went well. The road itself and the views are spectacular. We walked back via the ‘back’ of the mountain because we thought it would go well. However the road was covered with snow in some places, delaying our retreat. Our total walking time incl. Lunch was 6 hours. Advise: bring a flashlight or phone which is charged, plenty of water and good shoes.
Written 19 June 2021
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IanC54
Axbridge, UK106 contributions
High Mountain Walk Shrouded in World War 1 History
Sep 2020 • Couples
This walk is a hidden gem. It forms part of the Cima Palon mountain and the infamous Pasubio World War 1 battlefield. Before undertaking this I would suggest reading a little about the events that took place here between 1916 and 1918 to understand the significance of what you will experience.

The area consists of high Alpine Mts, approx 6000 feet / 2000ms above sea level and on the southern fringes of the higher mts of the Dolomites. Although you will see many Italians wandering around the area in trainers and shorts be aware that it is a remote high mt environment and that in August it can turn very challenging with low visibility, thunderstorms and snow. Without mountain awareness and some basic skills of map reading and mountain safety it might get very unpleasant. There are very steep drop offs the Galleries path and in the tunnels you definitely need to have a head torch or phone with good light to pass through. Equally on hot days you will need sun cream and plenty of water as the route and descent require you to probably do 16 -20k with 2000m of ascent and descent across limestone mts where there is no water. There is a cafe at the start abd a mountain hut with drinks, meals and beds at the end of the road but still 1 hour below the summit of the Cima Palon. No climbing experience is needed or special kit but the climb is steady and relentless and on stony mule pathway consisting or rocky limestone ledges or gravel. There are significant vertical drops off the southern side of the Gallerie route and the easiest descent by the Scrirubbi Road, an easy but long walk back to the start. It will be a six hour day for sure.

Mt Biking on the Tunnel route is NOT allowed but there are plenty of alternatives around and given the fact that it is battlefield and a sacred site in Italian history (plus a number of fatalities from bikers falling from the route) I would recommend that this is respected. There is also a Via Ferrata which starts near the tunnel entrance and follows the crest of the mountain ridge to the Refugio.

Up above the Refugio lies the trenches and battle scars of the conflict where the Italian First Army halted the attack of the Austrian Hungarians at the Italian Tooth in 1916. There is a small chapel and ossuary cemetery high on the stony mountain with the remains of 5000 dead of both sides plus small walled area which are full of the scars of war, boots, barbed wire, bullets and shells etc. This is not the manicured battlefields of France but genuine very moving landscape untouched since 1916. It gives an all together different experience.

The tunnel route was built over 9 months by the Italians so they could get supplies to their soldiers on the frontline as their original supply route ( the Srcirubbi Road) was easily shelled from the Austrian frontline and could only be used in the dark and with great difficulty. Once you realise the significance of what you walk along and the efforts that went into sending men to their deaths, the whole experience becomes far more than a mountain walk

It is an astonishing and moving piece of mountain engineering and history and worth the time and effort to get there. It is in a remote location SE of Rovereto off the Paso Pasubio. There is a small parking area free to use as you first arrive or you can follow the road up to the start of the 52 Tunnels where there are now 2 large car parks where you will need to pay to park. There is also a small cafe complex at the start of the walk. It is a long slow drive to get there and an early start is recommended. It is not suitable for large motorhome based transport. Enjoy
Written 21 September 2020
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Shallwegothere
Ulceby, UK169 contributions
We got to tunnel 12, we'd go back to explore the others
Jul 2020 • Couples
After seeing these tunnels on a Discovery programme, we wanted to go and explore. Make sure you have plenty of time as we ran out of time.
There are some fun tunnels to explore with off shoots on some. Take a torch if you can and wear good footwear as some tunnels are slippery and wet.

Written 28 July 2020
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John B
1 contribution
Beautiful walk
Oct 2019
Beautiful walk on a beautiful mountain.Walked it on a Friday and was pleased to have the mountain almost to myself.Went back up the next day because I enjoyed it so much and it was much busier,being the weekend.Fascinating place when you try and imagine the soldiers carving through the rock during the First World War.When you reach the top and have a bite to eat,try and walk up the next climb for some even more stunning views.
Written 22 October 2019
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Grant Anderson
Mesa, AZ3 contributions
Amazing Hike, Amazing Mountains
May 2019 • Family
We arrived early with two adult couples and an 8–year-old girl. We spent a long day hiking from the parking lot below tunnel #1 all the way up to the Refugio past tunnel #52. If you take the road behind the mountain, it leads back to the parking lot and it goes quicker than the way up through the tunnels. The parking was six euros.

The views of the mountains were simply amazing. We’re from the US and we just don’t have mountains like this. The view from many points was spectacular. It was a challenging hike for an old guy out of shape, but the 8-year-old girl didn’t complain.

It was May and has been a little cold this spring in Italy, so there was still snow on the trail starting about tunnel 30. In fact, tunnels 49 and 52 were blocked with snow. Luckily we were able to bypass them on a trail outside.

The whole hike was about 10 miles and took almost 7 hours.
Written 31 May 2019
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Chris Oldham
UK9 contributions
Superb walk in Northern Italy
Sep 2018 • Friends
This is an amazing walk with superb scenery at every turn, and the adventure of passing through many tunnels as part of the climb. You could do the ascent (of around 2500 feet or about 800m) in around 2 hours if you're fit and don't stop, but 3 hours with stops to take photos is more realistic, especially if you start from Passo Xomo which is some 20 minutes below the top car park where the walk proper starts. It lies around the centre of a triangle formed by Trento, Verona and Vicenza, the narrow roads make it an hour and a half by car from any of these places but it's well worth the effort of getting there. For me as a pretty fit 60 year old it was like re-living a boyhood adventure of going to an exciting place full of passages, along cliff edges, and through tunnels, a good few of which have windows and side passages. You will need a torch as some of them are long enough to lose all daylight, and even if you find your footing the roof can be bumpy, but with a torch the walk is excellent. Altogether I would highly recommend it!
Written 13 September 2018
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ukraine12
Kapellen, Belgium84 contributions
Amazing trail in the north of Italy.
Jul 2018 • Couples
This 6km trail represents everything needed in a trail: adventure, views, difficulty and history.
Adventure: all the tunnels are spectacular and you need a light to get through them.
Views: the views of the dolomites outside the tunnels are amazing.
Difficulty: we started at the Xomo pass, see we did some 1000 m altitude, very often in the tunnels.
History: this was the path created by soldiers in WW 1 to get supplies to the troops.

Although it wasn't easy, we really enjoyed it. At the end we were rewarded at the rifugio Di Papa with a beer and a sandwich.
Luckily we got a ride back down from some friendly officials that created space in their cars. The easy way down would have been almost 10 km.
Come early to get a parking space!!
Written 31 July 2018
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ValeMagg
Bern, Switzerland38 contributions
Extraordinary and surprising hike
Jul 2017
Together wiht my partner we explored the Strada delle 52 Gallery driving from Vicenza to Valli del Pasubio. The last part of the driving is quite tricky as it is a very narrow without a possibility that 2 cars can pass each other. In summer it is advisable to start early to catch a parking at the bottom of the trail. The hike itself is interesting with fascinating history and tunnels which can be hiked through with the help of a torch. We found headtorches the best solution. Inside the galleries it can be a bit slippery thus hiking boots are better than just sneakers. The trail is not difficult though but a good fitness level helps to really enough it to the top. Expect quite a lot of people especially in summer as the hike is popular with Italians and foreign tourists alike. There is a restaurant at the top but bring at least enough water for conquering the trail.
Written 24 June 2018
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Dana
Polcenigo, Italy16 contributions
Great historical hike!
Sep 2017 • Family
This is a challenging hike through the tunnels with a reward after the 52nd tunnel ... a rifugio with good eats! You can walk back on the road to the parking area. If you really want a fun challenge, consider doing the via ferrata that roughly follows the tunnel route. Don’t forget a head lamp or flashlight!
Written 22 June 2018
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Osowski
Warsaw, Poland2 contributions
Beautiful place!
Nov 2017 • Friends
I can only recomend this place for everybody who want to see some beautiful landscapes and are even a little bit intrested in history. The hike is not very challenging but you need to take under consideration that in the top part of the road might be snow even if the weather on the hill bothom is nice and sunny. Hike take more or less 5 hours up and down.
Written 17 November 2017
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