A loop round Marzola, in view of the local capital, Trento
Covering the slopes of the mountain between the Adige valley and the Valsugana, this ride gives you a constant view over the mountain chains of Lagorai and Bondone
The starting point is at the Cimirlo Pass, reachable from Povo (a suburb of Trento), along the road to the Maranza mountain-hut, for about 250 m. On a right-hand curve, take the uphill mule-track: keeping the clearing with the abandoned house below you, continue upwards, passing some sections where you have to dismount. At a fork after about 2.3 km, curve to the left downhill and then, after another steep section, you reach the small clearing of Malga Tomba (923 m), with its centenarian beech tree. Downhill for another 100 m as far as a forest road, followed uphill until you come to another old building and then a big field, which you must cross and then take the narrow lane above a stream. You come to a crossroads with a mule-track to follow uphill until you come to a stony cattle-track running downhill; passing by an abandoned mountain farmhouse, you meet the road that climbs up to Susà di Pergine towards the refreshment point Alpino Marzola. From here, continue to Piani di Vigo. Following a stretch bordered by wooden fences, you can admire a view of mount Panarotta and the Upper Valsugana valley, from a new slope of the mountain which is right at the entrance to the valley coming up from Trento. The route then continues southwards across the eastern flank of mount Marzola, on flat ground and then downhill on a steep and recessed cattle-track. On reaching the Piani di Castagnè, a hamlet of Pergine Valsugana, take a forest road (at a bend) up to the little bridge spanning the Rio Rombonos river. From here, descend to Vigolo Vattaro, where you meet and join the Fricca state road, towards Trento, as far as the sign in Via Fontanella (a stone Cross). Follow the route uphill entering the woods and follow the signs for Rifugio Maranza (wooden capital) until the end of the road. Follow a signposted path to the Maranza mountain-hut, with some wonderful views of the city of Trento and Monte Bondone along the way. From the refuge there is a fine descent back to Cimirlo Pass.