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Sentiero dei Contrabbandieri, The “Smugglers’ Way” via ferrata in Pregasina, near Arco

Sentiero dei Contrabbandieri, The “Smugglers’ Way” via ferrata in Pregasina, near Arco

Marika, IFMGA certified mountain guide, offers an exciting outdoor activity in Pregasina, in northern Italy. Join her and complete the famous Sentiero dei Contrabbandieri via ferrata!

Private and Group


1 Day

Apr, May, Oct, Nov




* Discover a scenic region of northern Italy.

* Complete an exposed via ferrata with an expert guide.

* Enjoy breathtaking views of the Italian Alps and Lake Garda.


Are you looking for an awesome family-friendly outing in the Italian Alps? Then come to Arco and let me take you to Sentiero dei Contrabbandieri, a popular via ferrata in Pregasina!

Pregasina is located within Riva del Garda, in the province of Trento, 15km from Arco. Part of the Italian territory since the end of the First World War, this scenic mountain village lies on the southern edge of the Italian Alps, next to Lake Garda.

On this day outing, we will meet in Arco and drive to Pregasina for an amazing adventure. We will traverse the Sentiero dei Contrabbandieri, an unconventional via ferrata overlooking Lake Garda and a beautiful valley. Also called the Smugglers Path, this trail follows a flat, narrow, and exposed ledge. It is mainly horizontal and only partially equipped with bolts.

This day tour doesn’t require a high fitness level. However, most of the time we’ll walk on a really expose ledge, so it is very important not to be afraid of heights. During the entire traverse, we will be roped, and a via ferrata cable will help us only on the more exposed parts.

So, if you are up for this unforgettable experience in the Italian Alps, please contact me. Let’s complete the famous Sentiero dei Contrabbandieri, in Pregazina!

I offer many other via ferrata trips around Italy. Check out, for example, my Sarca Valley and my Dolomites programs.

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Day 1: Via Ferrata Sentiero dei Contrabbandieri ("Smugglers”)

Meeting at 9am in Arco. Gear check.

Car drive to Pregasina (20 minutes).

Short hike (20 to 30 minutes) to Sentiero dei Contrabbandieri.

Via ferrata route.

Steep hike (not exposed) back to the car (1 hour). Optional: hike down to the lake (10 minutes), to be picked up.



What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Ecohotel Primavera Riva del Garda Italy
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Hotel Sole Riva del Garda Riva del Garda Italy
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Hotel Oasi Riva del Garda Riva del Garda Italy
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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I was born in Bozen and I have been living all my life long in Fassa Valley, Dolomites. That's why my native language is ladin, a reto-romanic language spoken around Sella.

My big passion besides traveling is mountains and guiding because I love to show the people the beauty of the mountains.

I was a member of the Italian National Alpine Ski from 1990 to 1997 when I became Ski Instructor. In 2009

I became an IFMAG Mountain guide. I guide in the Dolomites, Sarca valley, Sizialian vulcanoes, Ortles Cevedale area, and Sardinia.


Italian | German | English



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What people are saying about Marika



Marika was amazing! She was very knowledgeable of the history of the Dolomites and the terrains. She made us feel very safe and comfortable- would highly recommend another tour with her! Excellent guide and highlight of our Italy trip!



Our family with kids ages 5, 9 and 12 had a wonderful day with Marika at a via ferrata! She was amazing at catering to the needs of our 3 very different children including one who was feeling anxious. Our 5 year old was completely enamored with Marika & wanted to stay in Italy with her! In addition to being a lovely person I felt safe the entire time and she was appropriately cautious as you would want anyone to be with your children. Highly highly recommended!!



Marika was an excellent guide! She was very accommodating for all our skill levels and did a wonderful job planning and finding the best snow - even for a low snowfall year. It was such a pleasure going on Marika's trip and I highly recommend her for anyone looking for a multi-day ski tour in the Dolomites!



Amazing climber, lots of knowledge and fun to be around. We had a great time with her as our guide!



Marika is a great guide. We spent an amazing day together. She made our day challenging but at the same time we felt safe and relaxed.

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