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Via Ferrata Signora delle Acque - Rio Ruzza

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  • via ferrata in Trentino-Alto Adige: Via Ferrata Signora delle Acque - Rio Ruzza
    / via ferrata in Trentino-Alto Adige: Via Ferrata Signora delle Acque - Rio Ruzza
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  • / Via Ferrata Signora delle Acque
    Photo: Giampaolo Calzà ©APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Via Ferrata Signora delle Acque
    Photo: Giampaolo Calzà ©APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Via Ferrata Signora delle Acque
    Photo: Elaborazione grafica Sveva Seneci, Garda Trentino
  • / Along the via ferrata "Rio Ruzza", just beside the waterfall
    Photo: A. Seneci, Garda Trentino
  • / Ferrata Signora delle Acque - Ballino
    Photo: A. Seneci, Garda Trentino
  • / Ferrata Signora delle Acque - Ballino
    Photo: Ralf Stute -, Garda Trentino
  • / Ferrata Signora delle Acque - Ballino
    Photo: Ralf Stute -, Garda Trentino
  • / Ferrata Signora delle Acque - Ballino
    Video: Giampaolo Calzà
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A new via ferrata close to the Rio Ruzza waterfall, completed and reopened in August 2019. Now, the route is definitely more difficult and suitable for experienced climbers.
Distance 5.5 km
3:00 h
293 m
292 m

The most recent of all the via ferratas, short but absolutely spectacular. This is the classic modern ferrata where, apart from following the  weak points of the wall, there is a concentration on the most spectacular passages, at times, creating these ex novo. It is the only ferrata which cannot be seen from the valley floor ans is only visible once you reach the starting point. It takes you up the ravine of the Rio Ruzza waterfall on the right side of the Ballino Valley.

After a pleasant walk through the woods, you will soon hear the sound of running water, and just around the corner, you come upon the high wall delved by the waterfall. This ferrata, sheer and athletic, climbs at times to the left, then switches to the right of the waterfall, connected by airy, photogenic hanging bridges. After an hour or so you come to the top where a forest trail leads you back down to Ballino.

Author’s recommendation

This via ferrata is a marvellous chance to cool down on a hot summer afternoon
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Update: June 24, 2020
C/D moderate
Highest point
1,044 m
Lowest point
Ballino, 752 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Safety information

  1. Only do the via ferrata if you are reasonably fit and in excellent health.
  2. Do not do the via ferrata in bad weather, especially if it looks like a storm is coming.
  3. Do not do the via ferrata alone: if you have an accident nobody will be able to call for help.
  4. The risk of rock falls increases if there are others on the via ferrata or with wind or rain.
  5. Always check route conditions; in winter you may find snow and ice on some routes which make progression dangerous.
  6. Use proper safety gear (helmet, harness, ferrata kit with double self-locking carabiners and energy absorbing systems); put on your helmet once you get near to the wall. Rocks might fall before you get to the start of the via ferrata.
  7. During progression always keep both carabiners clipped onto the safety cable and when you pass the anchor points make sure at least one is clipped on to each safety cable.
  8. Only one person may be on any length of cable between two anchor points.
  9. Wear clothing suited to the altitude, the season and the length of the route: hiking boots and ferrata gloves to protect you from contact with the metal parts.
  10. Pay special attention on the easy parts where there are no cables.
  11. Always check the condition of the bolts and cables on the wall as they can suffer damage in bad weather. If you even think you see any problems that might compromise safety, turn back and let us know about the situation at  .
  12. Always evaluate a few important conditions: the proximity to other crowds, all the gears available and the preservation of the route. Beware, YOU are ultimately and solely responsible for taking this path and the safety rules and features that goes with it.
  13. These instructions are no substitute for the specific courses held by mountaineering associations or professional guides. Unless you have experience doing via ferratas, it is better to go accompanied by a mountain guide.

Emergency number 112.

The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason, we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case, the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.

Tips and hints

  • Facing a via ferrata requires knowledge of the right technique of progression and some training. If you want to try out this experience for the first time or check the use of the via ferrata set, we recommend that you contact one of our mountain guides:

  • For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda:  
    APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 -


Ballino (754 m)


Sajant Waterfall

Turn-by-turn directions

From the centre of Ballino follow directions for Cascat Sajant, and in 20' you come to the foot of the waterfall and the base of the ferrata. (Put on your helmet before approaching the wall – risk of falling stones.)


A short ferrata but a strenuous and challenging one in a setting of great beauty beside the Rio Ruzza waterfall. Once you get over the first vertical stretch to the right of the waterfall (1), a series of rungs and a wire bridge (2) lead to a Tibetan bridge (3) which allows you to cross the hanging pool (4) at the foot of the main waterfall. The ferrata is not so hard so far. The second section (5) begins before the Tibetan bridge, and this is decidedly more challenging and spectacular. The ferrata leads up a long vertical rock face with a slight overhang on the right hand side of the waterfall. The vertical ascent is interrupted by short traverses on wire bridges (6). at some points the metal rungs give way to footholds cut into the rock (7).

This takes you to a ladder suspended over the drop (8) leading to the start of a typical Tibetan bridge which crosses the waterfall over 100 m above the ground. After another short stretch of rock, a second Tibetan bridge (10) leads to the final rock wall which tops out by the forest road that takes you back to Ballino.

Not suitable for beginners or children (even experienced climbers have to watch out because on some sections the safety cable is a bit too far of a stretch for younger children)


Follow the forestry road to go back


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Riva del Garda and Ballino are served by an extra-urban bus line with infrequent journeys. For info:

Also, from June to September the BiciBusTrek service is active with a stop at the car park from where this itinerary departs. For info:

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino:

Ballino is about 15 km from Riva del Garda. It can be reached by taking the state road 421 towards Tenno / Terme di Comano.


Several free parking spaces are available in Ballino.


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Garda Trentino trekking map – On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole

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  • technical mountain clothing   
  • hiking boots with Vibram or similar sole   
  • via ferrata gear   
  • harness   
  • helmet   
  • gloves   
  • pickaxe and crampons (when necessary)   
  • a length of rope (recommended)

Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Via ferrata set
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
  • Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
  • Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Christin W.
October 16, 2021 · Community
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When did you do this route? October 11, 2021
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Peter Marx 
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Davide Malfatti
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C/D moderate
5.5 km
3:00 h
293 m
292 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route


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