Off the beaten track
5 easy and little-known hiking trails in Trentino
“Follow me, I’ll take you somewhere only I know”. An invitation that paves the way to strange scenes and mini-adventures. Usually, we hear it said by someone we trust, someone we can be sure will introduce us to a new place that we will fall in love with too.
And that’s how it will be with the trails we recommend in this article. Few people know about these, the less-travelled paths, yet they are all beautiful, winding through woods and meadows in flower where you can breathe in the clean mountain air.
The Segonzano Castle and the Prà - Pinè Cembra canyon
From Segonzano, this loop itinerary takes you to the Avisio stream, passing by the ruins of the Segonzano Castle and crossing some hamlets that retain the characteristic features of small mountain villages. Halfway along the route, the Avisio stream will offer you a natural swimming pool, showing off beautiful blue-green hues. A tip: embark upon this itinerary with the spirit of travelers who take the time to stop to look at what surrounds them.
Sentiero Abeti Giganti - San Martino di Castrozza, Primiero, Vanoi
A short but highly impactful itinerary, the Sentiero Abeti Giganti (Giant Spruces’ Trail) is an extraordinary and wild place, full of centuries-old trees that seem to touch the sky with their impressive heights. Here spruces, firs, beeches and yew trees have been silent guardians of Val Noana for centuries and accompany you as you tiptoe into the heart of the woods. As you travel along this easy walk, you will have the feeling of being in the heart of a large forest!
Malga Sass - Val di Fiemme
This short and easy itinerary leads you to discover pastures in bloom and a fantastic “balcony” overlooking Val di Fiemme. From Malga Sass, that welcomes you placidly nestled among flowering meadows, in about half an hour you can reach “Pradi da le Fior”, a mountain pasture that offers an exceptional view over Val di Fiemme. Here everything invites you to a picnic stop! You are at the highest point of the itinerary; from this point on, the walk is made of slight ups and downs all the way to Malga Coston, and then back to Malga Sass.
Ischia Lake - Piana Rotaliana - Paganella Dolomites
The Ischia Lake is a small body of water of natural origin and can be reached in a short time from Mezzocorona or Mezzolombardo, pleasantly walking through vineyards. It also offers the possibility of fishing (upon purchase of a guest permit), relaxing surrounded by nature, enjoying a picnic and the beautiful view of the Piana Rotaliana countryside. From here, if you feel like putting yourself to the test, you can take the Strada delle Longhe trail and the Burrone Giovanelli via ferrata.
Valpiana - Sass Pisador - Val di Sole
This pleasant walk takes you to Valpiana, among its huts, pastures and panoramic overlooks. Along the way you can admire the splendid “Sas Pisador” waterfall; surrounded by an impressive landscape, the waters flowing along the rock engender a not-to-be-missed spectacle of nature. A conversation piece: Astronomitaly declared the sky of Valpiana to be one of the most beautiful in Italy for stargazing!
To the Corondoler Waterfall - Vallagarina
The itinerary starts from the parking lot of the Monte Baldo mountain hut and runs along the initial stretch of the canal that carries water from the Corondoler source to the homonymous waterfalls. From here, you descend along the stream, ford it and then continue towards the Pian della Cenere meadows, from which you climb up again to reach the starting point.