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The best barefoot experiences for the coming summer

Our feet weren’t made to be tied up in shoes all day. They should be free to feel and follow the contours of the ground. Of course, shoes are useful when it comes to protecting your feet against the cold and more jagged terrains but how about the pleasure of dipping your toes in a cool stream after a long walk in the mountains and then maybe wander barefoot along its grassy banks.

Barefoot walking isn’t only good for the mind, but is especially beneficial to your physical well-being. First of all, it helps you to correct your posture as walking barefoot allows for a complete and balanced contact between the ground and the soles of your feet whereas with shoes your weight tends to be concentrated on the heels. Secondly, barefoot walking helps circulation and reawakens the muscles in your feet.

The best way to start is, literally, one step at a time and to choose the right terrain. Here in Trentino, for example, there are many ways to try barefoot walking in the company of experts, who will be glad introduce you to the pleasures of this activity, or you can choose from specific itineraries that cover different natural terrains. Here are some unique proposals to be experienced barefoot!

#1

Open-air Kneipp therapy in the Val di Rabbi

Your first barefoot walk will take you to the splendid mountains of the Val di Rabbi and the reinvigorating benefits of hydrotherapy. Here, in the Stelvio National Park, you’ll find the first open-air Kneipp centre in Trentino. Flowerbeds, wooden loungers, a small lake and the fresh waters of the Rio Valorz stream where you can dip your feet and feel the silent energy of the mountains.

#2

In the woods of the Val di Fiemme

A barefoot walk for both the mind and body. Your body is stimulated by your surroundings and the ground underfoot, your mind is moved to contemplating the delicate equilibrium between us and Mother Nature. Indeed, here in the Val di Fiemme in October 2018, the woods were hit by extreme storms that uprooted hundreds of fir trees. For this reason, exploring this area barefoot has a special meaning.

#3

Barefoot walking in Millegrobbe

Have you kicked off your hiking boots? Great, now take a walk across the mountain meadows, dip your feet in a stream and let them dry under the summer sun. This experience awaits you in the Alpe Cimbra mountains, in the Millegrobbe locality, not far from Lavarone.

#4

At the feet of the Brenta Dolomites

The silence of the woods, broken only by the bubbling of a mountain stream. The perfect place to stop, remove your boots and continue barefoot. In the Val Nambrone, not far from Madonna di Campiglio, you can follow trail no. 5 of the Dolimiti Natural Wellness network, dedicated to barefoot walking with its grassy terrain and natural Kneipp route along the stream bed.

#5

A barefoot aperitif

Here it’s not exactly about a shoeless stroll but rather about a different kind of barefoot experience. On a hill above Rovereto, the Balter farm invites guests to taste their wines amongst vineyards and medieval ramparts. Obviously, no shoes allowed! This barefoot experience allows you to truly feel the earth that has nurtured these vines and produced this wine.

Published on 05/06/2019