Val di Non in Trentino, in the heart of Brenta Dolomites and Maddalene: Make it a mountain holiday!



In Val di Non, a vast fruit orchard in the heart of north-western Trentino, hospitality means visitors’ friendly holiday offers in both summer and winter, staying in close contact with nature, surrounded by varied and beautiful landscapes with plenty of choice of sports and leisure activities!

This green and sunny plateau has many scenic mountain destinations, like the Brenta Dolomites and the beautiful Maddalene group, hamlets where  traces of ancient history and culture are preserved. 


The valley centre  with the artificial lake of Santa Giustina is surrounded by green hills with castles immersed in fruit orchard and forests: ancient and fascinating mansions that are definitely worth a visit. The most imposing is perhaps Castel Thun, at the entrance of the valley, which is one of the most prestigious cultural and museum centers in the whole Alpine region. 


On the south in the heart of the Adamello-Brenta Nature Park, Lake Tovel stands out like a natural jewel. The area represents the ideal destination for both trekking and mountain-bike enthusiasts: Dolomiti di Brenta Trek offers  hikers the possibility to enjoy stopovers in Alpine pasture dairies and refuges, whereas Dolomiti di Brenta Bike is the perfect itinerary for bikers (both expert and beginners).


Canyons are the special attraction of the Val di Non. Dug in the rocks in the past millennia by the rivers that cross the valley, canyons can be explored along many trails. The Rio Sass Canyon in Fondo and the Novella River Park, set among the villages of Dambel, Cloz and Romallo, are doubtlessly the most spectacular in the valley.

 

Speaking of the most scenic trails in the rocks, the path from the Rhaetian Museum in Sanzeno, that illustrates the history of the Val di Non from prehistoric to late medieval times, to the famous Saint Romedius Sanctuary is also worth mentioning. As one of the most extraordinary shrines in Europe, this place of pure spirituality is perched on a cliff overlooking the stream Rio S. Romedio.  



There are many walks, hiking and biking trails in the Val di Non. Suitable for all ages and types of difficulty, they are very enjoyable all year and not only in summer: winter, for instance, is the perfect time to go walking on the snow with snowshoes, called “ciaspole” in the valley dialect. Indeed, in Val di Non snowshoes have become the symbol of winter, especially thanks to Ciaspolada, the famous snowshoes competition that takes place every year at Epiphany time.  Winter enthusiasts can freely choose among down-hill and cross-country skiing, or try their feet at daredevil snowboard descents. As a ski resort the Val di Non is particularly suited for families with children and first-time skiers. 


The 38 hamlets and villages offer many additional recreation and sports facilities such as playgrounds, tennis courts, football pitches and three riding schools surrounded by greenery. Especially worth mentioning is the Dolomiti Golf Club in Sarnonico: a wonderful 18-championship-holes course circled by a breath-taking natural scenery, it ranks among the most spectacular and technical courses of the whole Alpine region.


Enthusiast “gastronauts”, are invited to enjoy the “Strada della Mela e dei Sapori delle Valli di Non e di Sole”.  A challenging project of recovery and valorization of typical or traditional products, the road of apples and flavors was also designed to integrate the rich and varied offer of agricultural produce, food & wine, hospitality, landscape, history, culture, arts and crafts under one all-embracing itinerary. 


Val di Non hospitality means plenty of accommodation choice: hotels are generally intimate and family-run. Visitors can therefore strike up friendly relations with their helpful, guest-oriented hotel owners. Among the valley highlights is the offer of farm holidays (agritourism): with guesthouses or ancient manors surrounded by apple orchards or located at the foot of the mountains, visitors can rest and enjoy a holiday immersed in nature and deep connection with the local rural soul. Accommodation facilities include garnì, boarding houses and labelled-quality residences, as well as a luxury campsite with fully-furnished chalets. It is worth a final note to mention that the Val di Non is currently focusing on wellness & spa. The number of hotels now offering state-of-the-art wellness centers along with quality restoration is on the increase. 

 

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