A culture of slow travel, on foot or by bike
Ease into our slow journeys across the Trentino region
Put your boots on and get out in the country … but keep it slow. Make it a meditative stroll spread over long days with stop-offs for contemplation, a journey for the soul as well as the body. Meet fellow wayfarers, sleep in alternative accommodation, and greet the day with the rising sun. It’s a gentle way of getting around, a concept of travel to savour in the slow lane. On foot or by bike, on ancient ways and paths to explore fresh sights far from the madding crowd. Here are the historic and cultural journeys through Trentino.
Before setting out on an excursion at altitude, plan your trip with care. If you are inexperienced or you intend to tackle a route graded as technically difficult, then consult an alpine or mountain guide. You should also contact the refuge warden in the area you’ll be visiting for the latest weather information and to discuss whether your route is advisable. Take prudent precautions, wear suitable clothing for your route, and remember to act responsibly in the mountains at all times.
The Path of Peace
The Path of Peace rediscovers places and memories from World War I. It’s a very long route indeed, weaving mostly along former military roads, trenches and fortifications, and it takes nearly a month to walk its full length from Tonale Pass to the Marmolada. It’s a good idea to choose different stages at different times of year.
Dürer’s Way leads from Klösterle hospice in San Floriano to the rare geological spectacle known as the Segonzano Pyramids. In centuries past, lacking flood defences and overflowing with water from the River Noce, the Adige burst its banks so often that travellers were forced to find alternative routes to Verona or Venice to avoid the quagmire underfoot.
The San Vili Pathway
This walking route links Trento to Madonna di Campiglio and the Adige Valley to the Brenta Dolomites, along ancient roads and new cycle paths. Much of it retraces the ancient Roman road which, tradition has it, was travelled by Vigilio, Bishop of Trento, in the year 400. You have two options to choose from: the BASSO (lower) itinerary or the ALTO (higher) itinerary, whose different altitudes mean different difficulty levels.
The Romea Germanica Way
Another trek through a trio of nations – Germany, Austria and Italy – the Romea Germanica Way can take you from Trento to Rome. The earliest testimony to this ancient way dates back to the 13th century, described by Abbot Albert after his pilgrimage to the Eternal City.
European Trail E5
The European Path E5, which starts from the Atlantic coast (Brittany), crosses the Alps and ends in Venice, passes through Val di Cembra. Here you walk through ancient villages and hamlets, the ruins of the Segonzano Castle and terraced vineyards, until you reach the famous Earth Pyramids.
Jacopeo d’Anaunia Hike
A hike to be completed in 3 to 7 days that introduces you to Val di Non on the footsteps of pilgrims from the past. The starting point is Sanzeno, where the Basilica dei Santi Martiri and the Sanctuary of San Romedio are located. Receive the pilgrim’s credential and follow the yellow shell.