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Road of 52 tunnels guided hike in the Passubio Massif, Veneto

Road of 52 tunnels

The Road of 52 tunnels is a trek full of history in Veneto, Italy. This impressive road was built a century ago! Join Lucia, mountain leader, in this hike.


1 Day

May - Oct


The Road of 52 tunnels, built in 1917, is now 100 years old! And to celebrate this, I invite you to this fantastic 1-day trek. 

This road of tunnels on the rocky south walls of Mount Pasubio, in Veneto, was built during WWI, and it's of course full of history. Every step of this road is full of traces and memories, and each year thousands of hikers come to walk the path built by the soldiers on the rock heart of the mountain.

At the end of 1917, in the middle of one of the coldest winters of the century, the 33rd Mining Company of the Italian Army started building a new military road. They were climbing up on a completely unknown section of the mountain. It was wild, with high cliffs and narrow gorges. In fact, it was a territory with no trails and no topographical surveys available.

The result of these men's work is an incredible road wth 52 tunnels. Near the top, it will lead us to Rifugio Papa, with wonderful views on the surrounding mountains and Vicenza's flats.

I really like guiding my friends and clients on this trek because:
– it's unique in the world,
– it's full of history and in a great environment,
– you must see this place at least once in your life!

If you are planning on arriving the night before we start the trek, I can take care of booking a nice hotel nearby. We can meet there. And if you need information on how to get there from Venice airport I will be happy to show you the options.

Besides, if you need any tips for your Venice experience, just ask me (I lived there for two years)!

Tempted to walk this historical path? Then please send me a request and join in! And if you are looking for a longer hike, I can also take you on the Dolomites Haute Route.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Price includes third party liability insurance.


More info

Price per person for 9-10 people: 35€. Price per person for 11-15 people: 20€.

I recommend to bring: backpack (15-20L), mountaineering boots, two layers outfits, waterproof jacket.

Meeting point

At your hotel if you arrive the night before.

About the guide

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Mountain Leader

My love for the mountains grew up with me in the flats of Romagna, thanks to my family that let me spent all my vacations in the Dolomites when I was a child. The Dolomites and the mountains between Romagna and Tuscany are the most vivid memories I have of my childhood.
Then I forgot the outdoors for a few years, and spent some time following the other great passion I have: travelling. When I wasn't at school I spent all my time wandering from one hostel to the other all around Europe with my best friend, always searching for new landscapes and new emotions.
I graduated from high school as Business and Programming Consultant, then I completely changed my core subject as I attended the Undergraduate Courses in Anthropological Sciences at Bologna's University. My thesis project brought me back to the mountains, with a research in Landscape and Disaster Anthropology that took me to Erto for the fieldwork, the town where I spent the last six years!
After that I attended the Graduate Courses in Cultural Anthropology, Ethnology and Ethnolinguistics at Ca'Foscari University in Venice, and this time I wrote a thesis on Alpinism. The subject was again Landscape and Risk Anthropology, but this time fieldwork took me to all the best climbing sites in Europe and beyond: Mont Blanc, Arco, Siurana, Montserrat, Elbsandsteingebirge, Céüse, Osp, the Todra Gorge in Morocco and other more...
Once finished with University I decided to turn my passion into a profession, so I took part in the selection for the courses organized by the UIAGM Mountain Guide's Association, and after a year of hiking and studying I became a Mountain Leader.
Now I take other people with me to discover the wonderful vertical world of our mountains, and enjoy the great times together in the outdoors.


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What people are saying about this trip



i cannot say enough good things about lucia! she got me through to the top both physically and mentally. give her 10 stars!!!! the hike itself gets 5 stars...my age limited my enjoyment of it to about 1 star. i simply bit off more than i could chew. at age 65, 5 star experience, but at nearly 87 ....too much for me.

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