Insider tips along the hiking tour from Lake Garda to Venice
So I drive into the Valsugana. This connection of the Adige Valley to the Adriatic Sea was well known to the ancient Romans. The Via Claudia Augusta runs here, from Bavaria to the Adriatic Sea. This beautiful cycle path is very popular and frequented, especially in summer. For hikers, however, the region remains an insider tip, because surrounding mountain ranges are not as famous as the Three Peaks, but certainly just as fascinating! The summit of Cima Dodici (Twelve Peaks) of the Vicentine Alps shines in a bright white at me and to the North lies the still unknown Lagorai, the southernmost chain of the Dolomites.
Charming accommodation & cordial hospitality
The first few nights I am a guest at the Villa degli Orti, which is located above the village on the sunny slope. A quiet garden and balcony, as well as a spacious new room await me. A few steep steps through an archway and I can reach the old town of Borgo Valsugana directly from the hotel. I really like the nice arcades along the river, the Venetian bridge and the large piazza. The next morning at breakfast I am spoiled by the landlady Paola with homemade pastries and delicious cakes. I also feel completely comfortable in the second accommodation, the Locanda del Borgo. The young hotel manager Denis gives me valuable insider tips to take with me. His parents run a small, fine Pasticceria in the side entrance, where they are currently placing all kinds of sweet delicacies in the display case. Delicious, it is hard to choose!
Pure active experience on the new hiking paths
On the first scout, I climb up to the Rocchetta, a rocky outcrop high above the valley where you can get a bird’s-eye view of the town below. Then I try to get to the Val di Sella on the spectacular ‘Don Cesare’ climb. Apparently, a bridge is missing at the moment, and I am curious to see how far I can get. Adventurous and without any other tourists, I hike through the gorge of the Torrente Moggio mountain stream. The narrow sections of the path with steps are a bit demanding, but easy to walk on.
Now my way leads me down to the stream. I can easily overcome the first two bridges, but not the third. Luckily for me, the water level is very low and I can jump over a few rocks. On the other side of the river we continue to the Trattoria / Bar Legno, which is still closed. I climb through an amazing, lonely forest up to the hermitage of San Lorenzo. A tiny church is well hidden on a rocky outcrop high above the Valsugana. What a fantastic atmosphere! I enjoy the silence and a snack before heading back down.
An exciting alternative
Until the missing bridge is restored on the Sentiero Don Cesare, there will be a hiking alternative, but which is just as rewarding and spectacular as the original route. After extensive test hikes and explorations, one thing is certain at the end of my stay: the new route leads to the Sentiero dei Castelli (Castle Path) to the Colle San Pietro. A slightly steeper path winds uphill from Borgo Valsugana on rocky steps through a beautiful pine forest. The beginning of the route is called ‘Sniper Climb’ because here you come across access passages to former battle zones. Holes in the rocks are reminiscent of the emplacements. I pass Castel Telvana and soon reach the ruins of Castel San Pietro. The fantastic views to the East and West as well as to the mountain ranges captivate me. Finally, you will be rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view!
Reunion with old friends and colleagues
In Valsugana I meet the new Eurohike employee Alessandro, who works for us at Lake Garda. We sit comfortably in an Italian bar and enjoy a delicious café macchiato! Alessandro is always just as happy as I am to meet new colleagues and to exchange ideas about good cooperation. Before we stroll through the village, I explain to him the itinerary and everything worth knowing about the respective stages.
I can always count on my colleagues at the Bolzano bike station, who look after the Valsugana and my hiking route from Lake Garda to Venice. They assist me with some transfers and pick me up from the hotel at the end. But before I start my journey home, we take the Eurobike rental bikes for a little bike tour to the piazza in Bolzano. There we drink an espresso to strengthen ourselves for the upcoming meeting in the station and cycle back comfortably.