5 little unknown places to discover
You may not find these places in the classic guides, but those who live in Trentino know them well. They are small hidden gems, off the beaten track, that you have probably never even heard of. Secrets well-guarded by the residents, surrounded by the spectacular nature of Trentino, which will surprise and enchant you.
The Forra del Lupo
The Forra del Lupo (or “Gola del Lupo”) is a rocky canyon in the Alpe Cimbra mountains, behind which the Austro-Hungarian army built a long trench during the Great War. Along this walk, you will see trees and rocks emerge as well as the well-preserved vestiges of ancient sites that lead to what remains of the fort (“Werk Serrada”).
Giardino dei Ciucioi (Ciucioi Garden)
A twenty-minute drive from Trento takes you to the village of Lavis, where there is a fiction-like garden. It is the Giardini dei Ciucioi, a unique hanging garden, featuring an interplay of ruins and vegetation that create a dreamlike romantic-decadent landscape (P.S. open from July).
This place also brings us back to the years of the Great War and helps us understand how the young soldiers lived, season after season, armed with a shovel and a rifle. The itinerary on monte Nagia Grom, lying between Rovereto and Lake Garda, takes you to the heart of the trenches, amidst artillery posts, observation points and troops quarters.
A walk along the river Astico, on Alpe Cimbra, to discover the importance of water for the communities that have lived in those mountains since prehistoric times. An itinerary amongst woods, ancient water mills and old water-powered sawmills, fed by the stream.
On the Paganella plateau, near the town of Spormaggiore, are the remains of an ancient medieval castle. Silent walls, an incredibly intact large tower and a ghost, that of the Cavalier Cristoforo, who wanders around the ruins seeking revenge!