A relaxed pace of life on the Piné Plateau and in the Cembra Valley

5 experiences on Lakes Serraia and Piazze, to enjoy at nature’s own pace

SUMMER 2020 - Streams, vineyards, hamlets that sprawl over the slopes and two shimmering expanses of water nestled among the woods and meadows, where you can stop for a swim after a relaxing walk. At an altitude of 974 metres, Lakes Serraia and Piazze on the Piné Plateau are the ideal destination for a relaxed holiday, where you can delight in the silence and clean air of the mountains. The two lakes, which boast Blue Flag beaches, are adjacent to each other and are joined by a path that you can cover on foot, on your MTB, or even on horseback, perhaps stopping now and then to admire the view.

A holiday to these lakes is an opportunity to explore the hidden pathways of the Cembra Valley, a stunning corner of Trentino, just a few kilometres from Trento and at the foot of the Dolomites. These pathways lead to silent mountain sanctuaries, crossing terraced vineyards and delving into the heart of dense forests, where your thoughts can find peace and your heartbeat can synchronise with the perfect rhythm of nature.

There are lots of experiences you can enjoy on the Piné Plateau and in the Cembra Valley. Here are 5 that we recommend you take your time with, relishing every moment.

#1

A dip in the Blue Flag lakes

Clear waters, high-quality services, and guaranteed safety thanks to the lifeguards. These are the reasons why Lake Serraia and Lake Piazze boast Blue Flags beaches, the highly coveted award from the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education). Whether on foot or on e-bikes, nothing is more relaxing than a stroll along the lakeside, before taking a refreshing swim and stretching out on the grass to soak up some vitamin D.

#2

Exploring hidden pathways

First, enjoy a lakeside picnic before shouldering your rucksack and setting off to explore some pathways which take you off the beaten track (though still well signposted). You can set out to discover the former silver mines known as the Canope, or to marvel at the ice holes close to Lake Lases, or perhaps to admire the Roccolo del Sauch, an ancient structure of living plants which is now the perfect place for birdwatching. All you need are the boots on your feet, the rucksack on your shoulders, and a burning desire to explore.

#3

Strolling through history, tradition and spirituality

Churches adorned with frescoes of great historic and artistic value, shrines which drew pilgrims to them for centuries, and mountain hamlets where the traditions of Trentino are more alive than ever. Discovering the Cembra Valley is like leafing through a book that holds many stories; like the tale of the vine growers who worked the mountain earth to produce a wine that tastes of their triumph.

#4

A history you can savour

After feasting your eyes on the terraced vineyards, all that’s left is to taste the wine. The Cembra Valley is famous for this, and for the area’s renowned grappas. We recommend pairing them with cold cuts and cheeses from the same area. Whether you choose the rustic ambience of a farmhouse or the romantic setting of an elegant restaurant, one thing is sure: you can’t leave without taking part in a guided wine cellar tour and tasting.

#5

Stop to breathe in nature

Even the simple decision to stop, look around, breathe in the fresh air of the woods and listen to the sounds of nature is an experience that has a special pleasure here in Trentino. Drink in the serenity of the idyllic little lakes that serve to keep flora and fauna in balance; or recharge with the energy of the Cascata del Lupo waterfall as it tumbles down the rocks, or the wild Avisio river. These are the hidden treasures that will make your holiday unique.

Published on 01/06/2020