Arco is located in the beautiful Sarca Valley, in the heart of the Lake Garda region, in north-eastern Italy. Its outstanding long limestone formations make for a perfect spot to practice all types of rock climbing, for all different skill levels. It’s one of the top rock climbing spots in Italy. From half a day to a full week, Rock climbing programs in Arco come in different formats!
Rock climbing in Arco is a perfect adventure to bring some outdoors activity to your Italian holiday.
On this Explore-Share.com blog post, we share with you 8 key things to consider when planning this iconic European rock climbing experience.
1. The location
For your rock climbing trip to Arco you will need to travel to the Arco commune – under an hour’s drive from the city of Trento (or between 1.5 and 2.5 hours by public transportation). Other Italian cities in the area are Verona, Milan and Venice.
Its strategic location in the Alps makes Arco also accessible from the Dolomites (a couple of hours by car) and from the countries in the north, like Austria, Germany or the Netherlands. Hundreds of climbers from these countries drive down to Arco ever year.
2. The weather
Its special protected location in the mountains, plus its proximity to Lake Garda, provide Arco with a unique weather. Temperatures are mild, and the area is filled with beautiful Mediterranean vegetation. This helps create unique weather conditions for an enjoyable rock climbing program – and this is probably an added reason for climbers all across Europe to be attracted to this area.
3. Best time of the year to go there
For rock climbing, Arco is great to visit between May and September. Summers can get quite hot, although it is also great to enjoy bathing in the beautiful Lake Garda for a refreshing break!
4. Types of rock climbing in Arco – and some of the best routes
Arco offers a wide variety of rock climbing options including single-pitch, multi-pitch and via ferrata. Here you will find over 120 sport crags and over 30 multi-pitch routes.
Some of the most popular spots are:
With beautiful bolted limestone and over 130 climbing routes.
This is the largest crag in the Arco area and it is located at 1,535 m. Here you will find amazing Dolomite style multi-pitch routes.
Dolomite style routes that run for over 1,200 m.
Located just north of Arco town, here you will have over 20 rock climbing routes to choose from.
This is a location to practice on mainly single-pitch routes. You will find over 12 small crags here!
Set out on a guided climbing trip in Arco! Your certified mountain guide will be able to help you decide what routes better accommodate your experience, goals and time.
5. Difficulty and fitness levels
Arco offers a wide variety of walls, suitable for different experience levels. Whether you are just starting out in rock climbing or you are ready for a sustained-level program, you will find what you are looking for in Arco. There are introductory rock climbing programs available as well.
Of course, apart from your level of rock climbing experience, you will need a good overall fitness level.
6. Number of climbers and duration of the programs
How many climbers can join a group depends on the specific route, its difficulty and its duration.
Programs for a maximum of 2 to 4 climbers tend to be of an Intermediate to Sustained level: