Wandern Val di Non: im Trentino am Mendelpass. Urlaub in den Dolomiten.

Trekking and excursions

A valley to enjoy on foot... with friends, family, or on your own, in the heart of its splendid nature. The Val di Non offers countless biking trails: from high mountain among extraordinary ranges or on valley floors, among apple orchards, or on the way to discover ancient history and sacred sites.


The offer to enjoy trekking in Val di Non is varied indeed. Experienced high mountain hikers cannot miss the fabulous panoramas in the Maddalene Group and the unspoiled landscape of the Brenta Dolomites. In the heart of the Adamello Brenta Nature Park the not-to-be-missed itinerary “Dolomiti di Brenta Trek” has recently been opened.
If you prefer easier walks, we recommend a visit to the famous Val di Non canyons, accessible to all, or the walks of history and culture that take hikers on the most extraordinary ancient historical sites of the Val di Non.


Speciale Percorsi” – focus on trails - is the brand new service of map consultation offered by the Val di Non Tourist Board that allows you to virtually explore the whole territory, choose your favourite itinerary and download it for free on your GPS. A click and a rucksack is all you need!

Wandern Val di Non: im Trentino am Mendelpass. Urlaub in den Dolomiten.Wandern Val di Non: im Trentino am Mendelpass. Urlaub in den Dolomiten.

Dolomiti di Brenta Trek

The brand new trekking itinerary “Dolomiti di Brenta Trek” will be officially inaugurated in the summer 2009. It is a route entirely designed around the Brenta Dolomiti Group, in the heart of one of the wildest and most original nature parks in Italy: the Adamello Brenta Narture Park.
If the opening of the “Dolomiti di Brenta Bike Trail” meant the summer 2008 was devoted to bikers, 2009 is the year to rediscover the “passion for trekking”. The ring-shaped route will show hikers the exceptional charming landscape of the massive Brenta Group, the westernmost chain in the Dolomites.

The “Dolomiti di Brenta Trek” (DBT) is a ring-shaped route planned for hikers including the widest possible area of the Brenta Group.
Like its counterpart “Dolomiti di Brenta Bike Trail”, inaugurated last summer and already a true paradise for bikers, the DBT also caters to two different types of hikers. The “expert” itinerary has been planned for practiced hikers, familiar with high peaks, those who want to experience the mountains 100%, completing their experience with a stopover in a high mountain refuge; the “country” itinerary, on the other hand, has been designed for families and hikers enjoying a softer pace, those who like walking without foresaking the comfort of a soft hotel bed after their excursions.

The new project is challenging indeed: it aims at offering hikers the opportunity of discovering the Brenta Group along a single itinerary, (besides the long-existing ones), enabling them to appreciate its beauty, from the gentle Alpine panoramas – famous throughout the world – to its genuine wildest corners.
And yet, all this can be done without compulsory stages or an enforced pace. Indeed, although The DBT was designed as an itinerary divided into several stages across the most beautiful Brenta Group destinations, hikers are free top plan their own route as they please, depending on their ability and time available. Along the way, they can take an official alternative variation, and stop at one of the numerous mountain places: there are seven high mountain refuges (all above 2,000 metres a.s.l.), a dozen mountain pasture dairies and several bivouac huts.

Hospitality is the second great innovation of the “Dolomiti di Brenta Trek”. Since the DBT is conceived as a several-days itinerary, it also offers hikers the splendid opportunity of spending a night in a high mountain refuge, where they can also enjoy the traditional flavours of Trentino food and wine. Hospitality in the Alpine pastures dairies, instead, offers hikers the opportunity to capture one of the last remnants of genuine Alpine life. Mountain pasture, with the silent and slow pace of dairy production, is definitely an added value for hikers enjoying their 2009 holiday among the Brenta Dolomites.


The “Expert” itinerary is for expert hikers and allows them to discover the various landscapes and environments of the Brenta Group in a few days: from the better known ones of the central Brenta Group (for example along the extraordinary technical iron way Sentiero attrezzato delle Bocchette) to the more unusual and wild ones in the Campa Group, passing through open and impressive scenery dotted with ancient Alpine dairies where cattle are still kept.

The whole itinerary is conceived in stages that go along some of the most famous SAT trails (in total over 560 Km of marked and maintained trails). The itineraries vary from a difficulty of grade –E- (for physically fit hikers) to grade –EEA– for experienced hikers with mountaineering equipment. Some of the most technical and exciting passages of this project have been designed with the latter in mind, as is the case of the Castiglioni Via Ferrata and the adventurous Costanzi trail. The most technical and challenging stretches, however, always come with an alternative easier variant, so that major difficulties can be avoided and, if necessary, hiking time shortened.

The itinerary also includes some easy panoramic paths, like those crossing the beautiful Val dei Cavai from the Malga Spora Alpine dairy or those along the emerald shores of the legendary Lake Tovel, in the heart of the Adamello Brenta Nature Park.


The DBT “Country” is designed for lovers of easy mountain excursions, family groups and hikers who prefer enjoying beautiful landscapes with smaller elevation gains. This itinerary mostly follows the “Dolomiti di Brenta Bike Trail”, across scenic paths on valley floors, winding among blooming fields and fresh fir-woods enriched with elements of local history and tradition. Starting from the beautiful Madonna di Campiglio this trail winds along the ancient “Via di San Vili” in Val Rendena and then proceeds along the so-called “Traccia romana” (Roman trail) in the Valle dello Sporeggio: a valley with geological and natural features like the mysterious Bus della Spia cave. The entrance to the natural oasis of the Val di Tovel is through a fascinating tunnel, following the irrigation channel of over two kilometres that takes the water of the enchanting Lake Tovel down to the valley.

All these trails, i.e. the two itineraries and their variants, are adequately marked with the official “Dolomiti di Brenta Trek” signs.

Soon www.dolomitibrentatrek.it will be online: it is the DBT dedicated website from where it will be possible to download all the technical features to plan your itinerary in complete safety: maps, altimeters, GPS tracks as well as the contact details of all the accommodation structures associated with this project offering hospitality tailored for hikers.

Wandern Val di Non: im Trentino am Mendelpass. Urlaub in den Dolomiten.

Walking through history and culture

From small paintings on house walls to great monuments like the Sanctuary of St. Romedius, here are some itineraries. We recommend them for your walks as they’ll make you rediscover the beauty around us!


In the village of Sanzeno, just opposite the Rhaetian Museum, on the state road n. 43, you’ll see the starting point of a scenic walk winding on a path dug in the rocks along the narrow gorge that takes to the Sanctuary of St. Romedius. The walk takes about 45 minutes and is flat, although sometimes you’ll have to lower your head to avoid protruding rocks. Ideal for young and old, the path is set in a beautiful natural scenery taking hikers to the mystical tranquillity of the shrine.
The Sanctuary of St. Romedius is part of the new inter-regional project
“I sentieri del cielo. Via Romanica delle Alpi” (Stairways to Heaven. The Middle Ages in the heart of the Alps) designed to enhance visitors’ knowledge of Romanesque art (also with the aid of guides).


Strolling in the village of Fondo you can admire 9 frescoes: they are works of art depicting sacred themes, specifically S. Giacomo di Compostela. When proceeding towards the little church of St. Lucia you can also see the “Storie di Santa Lucia” (tales of S. Lucia), a cycle of fresco paintings with signs of Giottesque influence. This church stands on a solitary hill near Fondo and dates to around 1356. Opening times of the little Church of St. Lucia:
Summer months: Wednesdays and Fridays from 3.00pm to 6.00pm; Sundays from 3.00pm to 7.00pm.

CANYON – ST. GIUSTINA HERMITAGE Please notice the trail is temporarily closed!

The trail to the Hermitage starts in Dermulo on the right of the Church of St. Giustina (1954), as indicated on the trail marker n. 529 (red and white). Go down along via del Borgo then take the Strada Romana (Roman road) and continue across the fruit orchards. When the signs indicate a fork take to the left toward the woods; and finally come near a crucifix where the trail descends to the hermitage. Here you can admire a large natural cave with traces of the St. Giustina’s ancient retreat and the remains of a chapel dedicated to St. Giustina and Cipriano (11th – 12th c.). According to tradition the cave was the retreat of the monk frate Secondo da Trento. He is considered the first historian in the Trentino region, died in 612 AD.

From there the trail goes up to the country around Tassullo and stops near the premises of Trentino Trasporti. Once there go down to the canyon bottom and up the opposite side: watching the water spring and sparkle from the rocks is really fascinating: with time water formed numerous limestone deposits which are visible only once you reach the beginning of the climb on the side of Tassullo and look at the rock wall below Dermulo. These deposits - now completely covered with musk - over thousands of years formed stalactites from which water drops still today breaking in small droplets.
To go back to Dermulo you can either take the local train or walk on the state road (about 30 minutes).

Journey time: from Dermulo to Tassullo station approx. 2,5 hours.

Please notice: Some trail stretches are steep and tiring. Heavy comfortable boots are recommended. It is also recommended to proceed carefully and keep one’s balance on the stretch (about 3 metres) located on the bottom of the canyon where you have to walk on stones partially immersed in water; a mountain walking stick to cross this canyon stretch is also recommended.


Walking on the path starting from the headland called "Castelaz", where the ruins of the ancient Castello dei Cagnò are located, and proceeding north-west along the left bank of river Pescara you’ll find the hermitage devoted to the Irish monk S. Gallo. The place is immersed in a rugged but romantically picturesque setting. The walk is very inspirational and offers glimpses of Lake St. Giustina. In ancient times the path went up from the north-western side, i.e. from the sunny side of the village of Cagnò, then across the Roman bridge that had the same name and was irretrievably destroyed in 1990. Some hundred metres down there is a rock spur forming a natural roof to a widening in the old path, which is no longer accessible: There stand the ruins of the hermitage of St. Gallo. Visitors who reach the place in modern times can let free their imagination to visualize a little chapel and a solitary cell.

The road of cheese and flavours

Tasty breaks along the road... Every village in the Val di Non has its own little malga, - i.e. an Alpine pasture dairy – where cows migrate from the lowlands to the highlands during the summer. Here, hikers can enjoy a tasty and relaxing break, savouring local dairy products such as the delicious “malga cheeses”!

July and August are the time of year when hikers can become familiar with the ancient Alpine pasture custom, an experience that is both educational and enjoyable. The excursion along the road of cheese and flavours “Andar per Malghe” is the opportunity of enjoying a guided tour from one Alpine dairy to the next along the most beautiful mountain tracks of the Val di Non. When you reach the Alpine dairy the keeper – or “malgarino” - will show you the “casarada” , that is the processing of milk for the production of cheese, and offers visitors some tasty cheese bites. If you like, you can also have lunch outdoors enjoy a classic high mountain menu.

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