Nature and history meet in the several valleys of Trentino region: our journey will bring us to discover ancient typical villages, hidden in minor valleys and surrounded by beautiful forests. Between Lake Garda and the typical alpine landscape, the characteristic medieval villages are unique, with their traditions, ancient buidings, antique stones, old barns, all of them a significant heritage of traditions, handed down generation by generation. Not only: we will also discover the minor farming communities, so that we will better understand how life was since 2000 BC; the archaeological area of Fiavè is included within the UNESCO world heritage site, described as a “Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps”.
Verona – Ponte Arche
Arrival at the the airport and welcome meeting with our speaking english assistant. Private transfer to Ponte Arche, in Trentino Region. Short break along the way at Castel Toblino, Trentino's most famous castle: it’s fame is due to its fantastic location in the middle of Lake Toblino and the beautiful landscape it is set in. Arrival in Ponte Arche, lunch at your leisure and free time. In the afternoon, visit to Castel Stenico, an enchanting castle and its treasures, between Lake Garda and the Dolomites, hunched on the brow of a hill, dominating the area of the outer Giudicarie valley, a land where tasty walnuts are cultivated and still picked by hand since XXVI century, a slow food praesidia.
Check in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Canale di Tenno
Hotel brekfast. Departure to Canale di Tenno.
Laying on the hills of the Trentino side of Lake Garda, Canale di Tenno is a medieval village as intact as it is old, of which we have records dating back to 1211. The village still retains its original structure, with the two main streets meeting to form a small square. Intricate cobbled alleys, arches and stone houses complete a picture frozen in time. Today Canale counts 50 residents, but thanks to its entry in the list of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy, it can now rely on a increased flow of tourists and on many events to promote its beauty, art and typical food and wine products. After WWII, the village was abandoned but in the sixties it became a destination for many artists, inspired by the magnificent village, the spectacular view over Lake Garda and its surroundings. One of them, Giacomo Vittone, who chose Canale for his works. The Home of the Artist is a meeting place for artists coming from all over Europe. Following visit to Acetaia del Balsamico, which is much more than a farm: situated on the hills of Cologna di Tenno, surrounded by own vineyards and with unique view over the lake, it is the only one producing balsamic vinegar in Trentino region. Lunch at your leisure and free time., recommending a walk on your own to Lake Tenno a turquoise diamond with a small island. Return to Ponte Arche, sensorial path experience at the local Termal Park. Dinner and overnight.
Pile dwelling museum in Fiavè - Rango
Hotel breakfast. Departure to Misonet agricultural farm in Favrio. Here Oscar, a young man who devoted himself to agriculture and his eight cows fed only with cereals and hay, produces cheese and yoghurt with a typical mountain flavour. After a tasting, we will continue to the Pile dwelling museum in Fiavè, located in the old Carli house in Fiavé, a small village in western Trentino. The museum displays how the daily life was in the prehistoric Trentino, thanks to one of the biggest models ever realised, with more than 70 characters. In the modern and interactive museum you will see pottery, bronze, Baltic amber and gold jewels, wooden objects, well preserved for thousands of years. Lunch on your own and continuation to Rango, listed in 2011 among the Most Beautiful villages of italy. Rango certainly represents the highest expression of Trentino’s typical rural architecture. Arcades, cellars, hallways, cobbled streets and old stone dwellings crowding together make up the historic core of the village, silent witness of the old Trentino rural way of life that still appears to permeate its streets, far away from the frenzy of modern life.Continuation to Balbido, the Murals’ village, where the several paintings of various styles evoke the hard peasant’s work, with all the aspects of the one-time rural life. We will meet Oscar again, showing his stable in Ponte Arche and explaining his daily routing, from the cow milking in the morning. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Trento - Rovereto
Hotel breakfast and check out.
Meeting with your guide and following visit of Trento, the capital city of the region, where from 1545 to 1563 the Concilio di Trento took place. Trento offers rather interesting monuments: St. Vigilius Cathedral on the main square, with the Late Baroque Fountain of Neptune, the Santa Maria Maggiore Church, the Buonconsiglio Castle and Torre Verde (Green Tower). Following visit to Palazzo Roccabruna, a stately home in the centre of the town, built in the 16th century by Gerolamo Roccabruna. Today property of the Trento Chamber of Commerce, it is the provincial wine house, with a vast collection of prestigious labels and where various events are held, to promote world wine culture. Lunch at your leisure. Continuation to Rovereto, visiting the Bell of the Fallen, also known as “Maria Dolens”. Cast with the bronze of the cannons of all the nations participating in World War I, it is the largest bell in the world to sound at full peal. Every evening at dusk, it’s 100 tolls are a testimony of world peace.
Departure to the airport.