56 – (ITA 8) – Salorno – Trento

Place of Departure SALORNO
Place of Arrival TRENTO
Length – KM
Nation of the route Italy
Region Trentino Alto Adige/ Südtirol
Uphill Gap
699 m
Downhill Gap
723 m
CAI (Diff. Escurs.) E
Praticability  Foot


Stage 8 – Salorno-Trento – Alto Adige/Sudtirol presents itself in all its splendour. The valley floor with its cycle path along the river, the paths along the hillside, the mountains above us. Stage of a certain commitment. The stage is quite long, but it can be interrupted due to the presence of numerous refreshment points located along the route; moreover, two different routes can be followed in the first part: one with historical references as it largely follows the Via Claudia Augusta, the other easier and more current along the Adige cycle path.

From the center of the town of Salorno head towards the railway station and take the cycle path that follows the river along the left bank, up to Cadino. Here there are two alternatives: follow the cycle path, along the motorway, up to Nave San Rocco, where you then have to go up to Pressano. (cyclists, from Nave San Rocco, take the track up to Trento: 18.5km). Or follow the historic road, following the signs for “Ristorante Cadino”. If you opt for this route, you will follow a country road amid rows of apple trees that leads to the crossroads with State Road 12. Then you take the road that climbs the slope of the hill with signs for Castello di Monreale or Koningsberg. After the castle, you continue to climb in the middle of the wood, cross a small stream and come out in the middle of vineyards onto a beautiful country road. You cross an ancient medieval bridge erected over a probable previous Roman building. You arrive in Canazzi and from there you descend towards San Michele all’Adige.

HIGH VARIANT: In Canazzi there is an alternative: continue on the asphalted and busy road directly up to Pressano (we will pass near a Maso (Maso Rosabell) leaning against a small hill on the top of which a Roman stone indicates the direction of a Roman road, part of the Via Claudia Augusta road network.

The entrance to San Michele all’Adige is in front of the ancient Augustinian monastery, now home to an Agricultural Institute and the Museum of Uses and Customs of the Trentino People, which is well worth a visit. Leaving the Museum, you reach the small square of the Locanda dell’Aquila (bar and refreshment): on the facade you can admire the remains of medieval frescoes including the representation of a Wildmann (Wild Man), a mythical figure of the Alpine imagination. On the opposite side of the square, under an overpass, a narrow pedestrian underpass leads back to the cycle path. After crossing the bridge, on the other bank along the river (signs for the cycle path for Trento) there is the cycle path up to Nave San Rocco, a historic ferry point from one bank of the Adige river to the other. Here you cross the Adige again, climb towards Pressano; first you meet the ancient Roman road Claudia Augusta. You can admire the medieval houses with the typical Germanic “korfenster” architecture, i.e. with cantilevered windows from the facade. You pass in front of one of the renowned wine cellars of the area (Cesconi), and then the country road between the vineyards (via Furli) leads downhill to Lavis. You pass in front of the Church of Sant’Uldarico (Ulrich), a German bishop who was also a pilgrim to Rome on several occasions and certainly passed through here. We arrive at the Avisio river. Before taking the bridge over the Avisio, you can admire and visit the magnificent nineteenth-century building of the Ciucioi Garden: it is an imaginative “vertical” castle built by an agronomist to grow citrus fruits. A unique and fairy-tale artifact. The stream is crossed on an iron bridge. Immediately after the bridge (bar, refreshment point) you are in the territory of the Municipality of Trento. Go up a flight of steps following the signs for the SAT 472 path – Via Claudia Augusta. At the top of the stairway, a path starts in the middle of the woods which reaches a paved road which leads to Gazzadina. For many stretches it is on the Via Claudia Augusta with some interesting stretches of original Roman paving. Cross the hamlet of Bolleri, then Martignano. The town is an ancient settlement originating from miners (Knappen) who came from Austria and Germany called by the Prince Bishop of Trento to exploit the silver mines of the mountain that overlooks it: Calisio, or Monte Argentario. A long road in the sun in the middle of the vineyards finally leads to the Coste Park. The Park stands on the site of an ancient red and white marble quarry: from here all the stones for the construction of the city of Trento were extracted. In steep descent, you arrive at the start of path 3 for Trento-Port’Aquila. After the Madonna delle Laste sanctuary, Trento is entered through one of its medieval gates: Port’Aquila, set in the Castello del Buonconsiglio. Once through the door, you arrive in the historic center of Trento: the Cathedral and its beautiful square.

8- Points of Interest

Lavis – This is an important municipality in Trentino, developed around the Avisio River, from which it takes its name. The central nucleus is in the shelter of the hill of “Paion”, full of narrow streets called “Pristoi”; it offers pleasant views and noteworthy monuments. Of all the places to visit, the mysterious Garden of the Ciucioi deserves a mention, also known as Bortolotti Garden, which dominates the village below with its romantic ruins. The strategic position of Lavis, located as it is on the banks of the river Avisio, between the Adige Valley and the Cembra Valley, has led to its fast economic development and population growth. Today Lavis is a very active centre for the commercial and service sectors, although the main production sector is wine. The evocative Avisian Hills are at the core of this production, and the area is dotted with large and small wineries.

San Michele all’Adige –  The two villages of San Michele all’Adige and Grumo, built on the banks of the Adige River as an ancient bulwark to guard the important communication link that led to the north along the Roman Via Claudia Augusta, still offer evidence of ancient cultures. The artistic Baroque church and the Augustinian Monastery, around which the village of San Michele is built, have been the background, over the centuries, of long disputes between the counts of Tyrol and the prince-bishops of Trento. San Michele all’Adige hosts the Museum of the Traditions and Customs of the Trentino People. Historical memory is combined with research and innovation thanks to the Agricultural Institute of San Michele all’Adige, today the Edmund Mach Foundation, where the culture of wine-making has evolved, and the Institute for Wood Technology, which is part of the CNR (National Research Council), with some of the most qualified analysis, research and experimentation laboratories in the agricultural, viticultural and forestry sectors. The Adige Valley, in this area, was historically affected by the river’s huge floods, and in ancient times it was very difficult to cross the channel in certain seasons. This is why, on the south-east side of the village, there was an alternative path climbing up the mountain; the great artist Albrecht Dürer walked along it in 1500, and today this path, which leads to the Cembra Valley, is called the Dürer Trail or Dürer Weg.

Trento – Trento was founded in Roman times at the foot of the rocky spur of Doss Trento, which rises on the right bank of the Adige River, and on which today stands the Mausoleum of Cesare Battisti. The old centre of the city was moved to the opposite bank of the river in the Middle Ages, with an imposing city wall. It was a religious centre of considerable importance, so much so that the famous Council of Trento took place here, starting the Counter-Reformation. The 16th century was the golden age of Trento, thanks to a few enlightened bishops. In the 19th century the city was the subject of a bitter dispute between Napoleon’s troops and the Habsburg Empire, and only in 1919, at the end of World War I, did Trento pass to Italy. Worth seeing: the Piazza of the Cathedral of St. Vigilius is overlooked by splendid frescoed noble palaces, such as the Cazuffi-Rella Houses; the Praetorian Palace and the crenellated 13th century Torre Vanga; the 18th century Neptune fountain; and the Buonconsiglio Castle, residence of the bishops of Trento from the 13th to the end of the 18th century, which now houses several museums.

please, see the Official Guide of the Via Romea Germanica (


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(*) Prices might change for special situations: please book early and ask for confirmation
In some places it is difficult to find accommodation only for one night: we suggest you to take accommodation for more nights, using, for your movements, the comfortable and cheap local trains, route Brenner-Trento-Bassano del Grappa.

Come arrivare

From airport (BOLOGNA, VENEZIA, MILANO-ORIO, VERONA) to Verona FS Railway Station TRAIN – ( Verona FS Railway Station – Salorno FS Railway Station  

Where to eat

  Typical Dishes = Gallorosso Typical Dishes = Buonissimo Typical Dishes = Gambero Rosso
Despar Via Nazionale, 1 – 39040 SALORNO      
Coop Via Romana,16 – 38016 MEZZOCORONA      
Coop Via Trento,8 – 39040 SALORNO      
Agritutr Cobelli loc. Panizza di Sopra, 22 – 38015 SORNI TN 331-9672482 Arrangement
Birreria Pedavena via Santa Croce, 15 – 38100 TRENTO 0461-986255
Il Simposio via A.Rosmini,19 – 38122 TRENTO 0461-261848
Agriturismo Sole Blu via IV Novembre,32 – 38016 MEZZOCORONA TN 0461-605242
Ristorante Cadino Loc.Cadino – 38010 FAEDO (TN) 0461-650136    
Hotel Ristorante Alla Nave 38015 NAVE SAN FELICE TN 0461-87.01.11  
Hotel Ristorante Corona piazza Manci 4,  38015 LAVIS TN 0461-246772, 338-5948620
Hotel America via Torre Verde,50 – 38100 TRENTO 0461-983010

Where to sleep

Agritutr Cobelli loc. Panizza di Sopra, 22 – 38015 SORNI TN 331-9672482
B&B La Ferrata Loc.Cadino – 38010 FAEDO TN 0461-669005 / 339 8132425
Ostello della Gioventù via Torre Vanga, 9 – 38100 TRENTO 0461-263484 Arrangement
Cooperativa -Villa Sant’Ignazio via Delle Laste,22 – 38121 TRENTO 0461-238720
Agriturismo Sole Blu via IV Novembre,32 – 38016 MEZZOCORONA TN 0461-605242
Hotel Ristorante Alla Nave 38015 NAVE SAN FELICE TN 0461-87.01.11  
Hotel Ristorante Corona piazza Manci 4,  38015 LAVIS TN 0461-246772, 338-5948620
B&B Al Nettuno via Romagnosi 26, 38100 TRENTO 345-8267294  
B&B Mia via Torre Vanga 14, 38100 TRENTO 327-6161663  
B&B La Malvasia via Malvasia,77 – 38121 TRENTO 331-1173197
B&B Ai Tre Portoni vicolo Madruzzo,8 – 38122 TRENTO 348-7481804
Hotel America via Torre Verde,50 – 38100 TRENTO 0461-983010
Camping Hotel Moser Via Nazionale, 64, 38015 SAN FELICE – LAVIS-TN 0461 870248

Bike Service

Tuttobici Moser Via Alle Segherie,20 – 38015 LAVIS TN 0461-241999    
Bike Service Moser Vicolo dei Portoni,3 – 38040 MEANO TRENTO 0461-961644    
Simone 90 Via E.Maccani,107 – 38100 TRENTO 0461-830031    
Moser Cicli Via Calepina,63 – 38100 TRENTO 0461-230327    
Baldo Giovanni Cicli Corso Tre novembre,70 – 38100 TRENTO 0461-915406    
Conta Mario Via dei Solteri,39/10 – 38100 TRENTO 0461-827754    

Pilgrim Service

Taxi Vito Viaggi   347-1059408 / 335-8334935    
APT Trento via Manci,2 – 38100 TRENTO 0461-216000

Photos from the Track


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