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Val Rendena: villages and valleys


Val Rendena


Val Rendena is about 20 km long, starting from the little village of Verdesina to the 1650 mt of Campo Carlo Magno. The first thing you notice when you travel through Val Rendena is the exceptional diversity of the natural landscape of Adamello Brenta Nature Park: eastward the Brenta Dolomites with their majestic heights, westward the peaks of the granitic groups of Adamello and Presanella. Val Rendena has many beautiful and wild little branched valleys: Val San Valentino, Val di Borzago, Val Genova and Val Nambrone, Val Brenta e Val d’Agola.

Here the fauna is rich in many rare animals, as the last specimen of alpine bear. Going through Val Rendena you can see typical little villages, often some houses with little squares and bell towers around them. The first villages you meet entering Val Rendena are Villa Rendena, Iavrè, Darè, Vigo Rendena.

Pelugo history is linked to the cemetery church dedicated to St. Antonio, frescoed by Bergamo painters of Cinquecento.

Spiazzo was the centre of all Rendena communities: in fact here “Pieve di Rendena” was based to seal the central position of the village and the importance of religion with St. Vigilio martyrdom. Strembo, Bocenago and Caderzone Terme, gathered around their bell towers, overlook Sarca river, They are characterized by an alpine rural culture, that you can see in the houses architecture and in the religious frescos which often decorated the houses. In the high part of Rendena Valley you find the villages of Giustino - originated in the Roman age, Massimeno, Pinzolo – the main center of the valley, and Carisolo that leads to Val Genova westward and to Madonna di Campiglio northward, passing through Sant’Antonio di Mavignola. Pinzolo is the heart of the valley, with its churches as the cemetery church of S. Vigilio.


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The valleys of the Natural Park: oasis of uncontaminated nature


The Carè Alto peak (3463 m.) dominates the San Valentino and the Borzago valleys: the granite mass of the Adamello is the background.

The Val Genova offers unequalled natural gems, like the famous Nardis and Lares waterfalls.

The Val Nambrone on the side of the Presanella winds a narrow and wild course up to the wonderful Cornisello lakes.

On the side of the valley facing the bell-tower peaks of the Brenta Dolomites we find the Vallesinella with its two unusually striking waterfalls, the quiet and friendly Val Brenta, and Val Agola with its lake of the same name.

Edelweiss is found in these valleys along with other extremely rare and intensely perfumed flowers in pure rainbow colours. Eagles soar above, red deer and roe deer run free, and sometimes even the signs of bears can be seen.


Val Genova, in the realm of witches


The beautiful and wild Val Genova, a branched valley of Val Rendena placed in western Trentino, stretches through the heart of Adamello mountain, hidding ancient tales and a litlle bit of magic in its extraodinary nature. The valley is placed in the western part of Adamello Brenta Nature Park and, with its deep crack of glacial origin crossed by Sarca di Genova river, it separates the two mountain groups of Presanella northward and Adamello southward.


From Carisolo, the valley goes among steep slopes, broad-leaved and coniferous woods. At higher altitudes the valley becomes wider and, after 17 km, it ends in the spectacular circle of rock faces and glaciers that from Mandron, Lobbia e Lares go down to Bedole plain, The huge crystalline rocks were the setting in the second half of the nineteenth century of the first climbing expeditions on Trentino mountains and later of the first world war, fought between Italian and Austrian. Still today you can see a big war cannon, that was brought here by the alpine troops on Cresta Croce top (3313 mt) during the war.


Val Genova landscape is particularly rich in water and you can see the wonderful Lares and Nardis waterfalls. From Rendena valley you can go cycling along the whole Val Genova. According to the legend, Val Genova is also the place of devils and witches, who lived in the most out-of-the-way and wild valley of Val Rendena in far-off times. It is said that, during Trento council, all the witches of the "Bishopric of Trento" had been sent away from the town and interned in the far Val Genova. There is who, still today, believes that in this valley something of magic and irrational sometimes happens…

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