57– (ITA STAGE 9) – Trento – Levico Terme
|Place of Departure||TRENTO|
|Place of Arrival||LEVICO TERME|
Length – KM
|Nation of the route||Italy|
|Region||Trentino Alto Adige/Südtirol|
|CAI (Diff. Escurs.)||E|
Stage 9 – Trento-Levico – From the center of Trento, climb up to the Cimirlo Pass (730 m a.s.l.), from which the Valsugana opens up below us with its plain, its lakes, and the mountains that surround it.
The new stage starts from the Duomo: you go east. We face a climb and then straight on, crossing the Fersina torrent shortly after on the ancient Cornicchio bridge, dating back to the Middle Ages. After the bridge you face a steep paved climb with steps, which comes out on the provincial road. It flanks the Faculty of Engineering. (Cyclists continue to Povo: 1.2 km) You reach the underpass of the railway station, taking the tunnel and exiting upstream of the tracks. Finally we arrive at the fountain and the square of Povo. A path that, as soon as you leave Trento, climbs considerably: we will exceed 700 m. Cross Povo and then take Via delle Volpare (cyclists continue on Via della Resistenza up to Passo del Cimirlo: 2.9 km) up to Celva; continuing, you enter the woods and then on to asphalt: you thus reach Passo del Cimirlo (730 m above sea level). You take the sent. F, or “Giro della Marzola”, in the direction of Roncogno which can be reached by two different paths. Roncogno (grocer’s shop in the center of the town) was once a characteristic agricultural village (some interesting rustic porticoes which preserve the Trentino rural architecture of the past ). Going down, you pass under the Valsugana highway, the railway and cross the SS 47, arriving in Pergine.
You leave Piazza del Municipio towards the hill of the Castle along Via Gramatica, Via Rusca, Via al Castello, which you leave (cyclists continue up to the Castle: 1.5 km) to follow the pedestrian path. The Castle, privately owned until a few years ago, is now owned by a foundation set up by the citizens of Pergine. Inside: art exhibitions, guided tours and a restaurant. Under the Castle of Pergine there is a parking area. From here you resume your journey on a beautiful paved road and arrive on the SP 228. You meet the ancient Church of Sant’Antonio Abate, then continue towards Pozza. To the right is Lake Caldonazzo and you are back on the Via Claudia Augusta; you then arrive at the small hamlet of Ischia. After taking the SP 228, take path no. 1 which cuts through a beautiful wood: the Baruchelli Biotope is worth seeing. (cyclists continue on the road up to Levico: 5.2 km). From there you get to the equipped beach of Levico. Go up and shortly after you find the Parish Church of Levico Terme.
CONNECTION TO TENNA: history buffs are advised to take the panoramic walk “Strada del Sole” which leads to Tenna. At a crossroads is located (under the portico) the precious Roman milestone of the Via Claudia Augusta. You can reach the Austro-Hungarian fort (which can be visited in the summer). Skirting the fort on a small road in the woods, you arrive at an open space with the ancient little church of San Valentino and the few remains of an early medieval castle (a basic wall in squared boulders remains). From there you then go down to Levico Terme.
9- Points of Interest
Cimirlo Pass – It straddles Monte Celva (996 m) and the Marzola massif (1,719 m). Its strategic position was important during the First World War, so much so that the Pass was home to dozens of Austro-Hungarian trenches that are still visible today. Among the fortifications, the most important is Fort Roncogno, which can be visited.
Tenna – This village, located in a favourable position on the hill between Lake Levico and Lake Caldonazzo, preserves the only original Roman milestone still displayed in its original location. Tenna offered shelter from the swamps and was also an important military checkpoint; it was crossed by the important Via Claudia Augusta, built by the Romans: it is easy to imagine that millions of pilgrims, travellers, soldiers and merchants, over centuries and centuries, have passed through this village.
Levico – It is renowned above all for its thermal baths, known internationally for their therapeutic and regenerative qualities that make them unique in Italy, and rare in Europe. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, they were the site of healing holidays for the Austro-Hungarian Imperial Court, including Princess Sissi. Worth seeing, just a short walk from the center, is the historical Habsburg Park.
Baruchelli Biotope – This is a wonderful area between the municipalities of Levico, Pergine and Tenna, which includes the territory around the lake and a portion of the Lake Levico area; the territory has a topsoil made up of hygrophilous plants, typical of humid and riparian areas. There is a beautiful alder grove. This is also the source of the Brenta River, which crosses the whole of Veneto, and will accompany the Via Romea Germanica for many dozens of kilometres.
please, see the Official Guide of the Via Romea Germanica (www.guidaromea.eu)
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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.
How to arrive
|From airport (BOLOGNA, VENEZIA, MILANO-ORIO, VERONA) to Verona FS Railway Station||TRAIN – (www.trenitalia.com) Verona FS Railway Station – Trento FS Railway Station|
Where to eat
|Typical Dishes = Gallorosso||Typical Dishes = Buonissimo||Typical Dishes = Valsugana||Typical Dishes = Gambero Rosso|
|Conad||Via Torre Verde,26 – 38122 TRENTO|
|Conad||Via Petrarca,72 – 38057 PERGINE VALSUGANA|
|Conad||Via Pennella,38 – 38057 PERGINE VALSUGANA|
|Despar||Largo N.Sauro,27 – 38121 TRENTO|
|D-Piu||Via Dante,52 – 38057 PERGINE VALSUGANA||0461-538127|
|Coop||Via Marconi,28 – 38052 CALDONAZZO|
|Coop||Via Gavazzi,6 – 38057 PERGINE VALSUGANA|
|Coop||Via Brigata Acqui,2 – 38100 TRENTO|
|Eurospin||Via Dell’Albera-Martignano- 38121 TRENTO|
|Albergo La Rotonda||viale Venezia 37, 38057 PERGINEemail@example.com||www.albergolarotonda.it|
|Hotel Cristallo, Sport & Wellness||via de Vettorazzi,2 – 38056 LEVICO TERMEfirstname.lastname@example.org||www.hotelcristallotrentino.it|
|Hotel Daniela||viale Venezia 3, 38056 LEVICO TERMEemail@example.com||www.hoteldaniela.it|
|Hotel Sport||via Segantini 4, 38056 LEVICO TERMEfirstname.lastname@example.org||www.hotelsport.it
|Hotel Liberty||viale Vittorio Emanuele 18, 38056 LEVICO TERME TNemail@example.com||www.hotelliberty.it
Where to sleep
|Cetto Lorenzo||Corso Centrale,1 – 38056 LEVICO TN||0461-701314|
|Piva Fabio||Via Crivelli,23 – 38057 PERGINE VALSUGANA TN||0461-530464|
|Ufficio Turistico Levico||Viale Vittorio Emanuele III,3 – 38056 LEVICO||0461 firstname.lastname@example.org||www.visitvalsugana.it|
|Ufficio Turistico Pergine||Piazza Serra, 10 – 38057 PERGINE||0461 email@example.com||www.visitvalsugana.it|
Photos from the Track