The field trips will allow you to become familiar with the specific geologic characteristics and wide geodiversity of the Adamello Brenta UNESCO Global Geopark, which are closely related to the biodiversity of the Natural Park and the culture and traditions of the mountain people.
During the field trips, you will be always accompanied by experts who will guide you in discovering these spectacular places.
The field trip is included in the Conference Registration Fee.
A) INTO THE HEART OF THE BRENTA DOLOMITES (max 400 people)
This is the excursion along the paths into the heart of the Brenta Dolomites – a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. Starting from the Grostè Karst Plateau, we will walk among limestone and dolomite - sedimentary rocks that were deposited between 250 and 40 million years ago. Surrounded by this spectacular scenery of the high altitude landscape, we will reach the Tuckett and Sella shelters, from where the entrance to the cave “Grotta del Castelletto di mezzo” (Geosite 23) can be seen at about 2,450 m of altitude. The cave develops into the mountain through a series of narrow tunnels that after about one km leads to the wide hall called “Sala del Duomo” with the spectacular ice wall about 25 m high that originated during the Little Ice Age.
On the vast portion of the slopes that surround the shelters area, we will visit the “Frane del Brenta” (Geosite 38). This Geosite is a huge deposit of large limestone blocks from the post-glacial era that formed due to the tension release of the rocky walls.
Let yourself be surprised by the spikes and pinnacles of the majestic and jagged peaks of the Brenta Dolomites and by the glaciokarst landforms that dominate the Dolomite landscape.
The trip includes a cable car run to reach the altitude of the Grostè Plateau. The tour of medium-level difficulty is expected to last about 8 hours. There is an altitude difference of about 200 m downwards at the start to reach the cable car station with the same distance upwards on the return. Adequate walking shoes and good physical form are required.
B) THE VALLESINELLA AND KARST SPRINGS (max 150 people)
A pleasant walk in the wild forests of Vallesinella, the valley of the Adamello Brenta Geopark that is the best start point towards the famed ascents to the Brenta Group peaks. The visit to the valley floor highlights the indissoluble connection between the sedimentary rocks, the melting water and the rainwater that have shaped the landscape since millions of years. The springs called “Sorgenti di Vallesinella” (Geosite 20) drain each season the waters that infiltrate into the ground and are collected by the wide hydrogeological basin that spreads out upstream for hundreds of meters. The spectacular Cascate Alte, di Mezzo (Geosite 46), Basse and the narrow gorge of the stream are the area’s main attraction.
Let yourself be amazed by this karst landscape, with the rumble of its waterfalls that shoot out of cracks in the carbonate rocks and feed the waters of the Sarca di Vallesinella stream.
The trip is a ring excursion of easy-medium difficulty (about 5 km, with an altitude difference of 150 m). Adequate walking shoes and good physical form are required.
A) THE GENOVA VALLEY (max 120 people)
This is an experience in one of the most spectacular valleys of the Adamello Brenta Geopark, namely the Genova Valley (Geosite 17), also known as the “Versailles of Northern Italy” thanks to the huge quantity of water. The valley is worldwide famous because of many spectacular waterfalls, such as the Cascata di Nardis (Geosite 34) and the Cascate di Lares, which flow down from the hanging lateral valleys that were formed as the glacier retreated.
The valley, about 17 km long and carved into the hard tonalite rock, presents several typical elements of glacial and periglacial landforms, as the U-shaped valley, the succession of steps and flats, the hanging valleys, the sheepbacks, the moraines and other evidence of the retreat of the glacier. At the end of the valley, we can admire the Lobbia (Geosite 3) and Adamello-Mandrone (Geosite 4) Glaciers, the most extensive glaciated area of the Italian Alps. We can admire all these spectacular landforms during the excursion. At the entrance to the valley, we will visit both the “Geopark house” - a visitor centre entirely dedicated to the Geopark’s wide geodiversity - and the “Ancient glasswork” (Geosite 58) - an industrial archaeology site that is still well preserved and testifies to the very prosperous glass manufacturing activities in the Giudicarie Valleys during the nineteenth century and that emphasizes the close relation between geology and human beings.
The tour is an excursion of medium difficulty (altitude difference of 250 m) and includes the visit to the “Casa del Geopark” in the town of Carisolo. Adequate walking shoes and good physical form are required.
B) THE FUMO VALLEY (max 50 people)
A pleasant walk in the gorgeous Fumo Valley (Geosite 18), one of the most characteristic examples of a glacial valley entirely carved in tonalite - the magmatic rock that forms the Adamello batholite, known all over the world with this name that comes from a local place name.
The monotonous lithology in this area contributed to the glacier erosion activity, resulting in perfect and spectacular glacial forms such as the particularly well expressed U-shaped profile, the wide surface of the sheepbacks that are visibly smoothed and striated in the glacier sliding direction, and the two perfectly exposed glacier shoulders.
The excursion will be developed at the feet of the Carè Alto Peak, where we can observe some glacial cirques and numerous moraines that lie parallel on a steep rocky slope formed during the Little Ice Age.
You can admire the spectacular valley bottom where the Chiese River flows deep between steep slopes of tonalite rock.
The excursion is an easy trip on the flat valley bottom (a 12 km walk with an altitude difference of about 100 m). Adequate walking shoes and good physical form are required.
A) THE TOVEL VALLEY AND THUN CASTLE (max 150 people)
A trip to the north-eastern slopes of the Brenta Dolomites into the spectacular Tovel Valley: an open air laboratory for interpreting and understanding the recent geomorphological evolution.
You can explore the charming Tovel Lake (Geosite 42) with its emerald shades that is famous worldwide because it turns red in some parts; a unique phenomenon in intensity and extension caused by blooms of the micro-algae Tovellia sanguinea.
The lake was formed after the end of the maximum glacier extension (Würm Glaciation) and in 1597 it rose due to a landslide that covered the ancient emissary. The evidence of the landslide can be seen in the lakewater at a depth of about 18 m where the “flooded forest” of ancient larch tree trunks still stand rooted on the bottom.
The trip will include both a visit to the “Red Lake” Geopark Visitor Centre (“Casa del Parco Lago Rosso”) and a cultural tour of the Thun Castle – one of the most majestic castles in the Non Valley. The Castle is a monumental building, designed for both civil and military purposes. It is one of the most well preserved structures in Trentino.
Suitable to everybody. The excursion includes a walk of about 3 km around the lake and the ascent to the Castle.
B) THE SCIENCE MUSEUM AND THE CITY OF TRENTO (max 100 people)
A tour of Trento, the capital of the province, is planned with a visit to the modern and interactive Science Museum (MUSE), designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano to simulate the steep mountain slopes and create a metaphorical mountain.
You can enjoy the MUSE’s exhibitions that reproduce the typical alpine habitats with their rich biodiversity and geodiversity, and gaze on the wonders of a tropical greenhouse. You will also have the chance to learn more on topics related both to sustainability and to the evolution of life on Earth.
The centre of Trento also offers many sites worth seeing such as Piazza Dante with the Cathedral of San Vigilio, the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Buonconsiglio Castle and many other museums located across the city.
Suitable to everyone. The excursion includes a guided visit to the MUSE and a pleasant walk through the city.