For this schedule, participants are required to register for the Conference as PARTNER.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity for all travel companions of attendees of the International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks 2018 to learn more about the Adamello-Brenta Geopark and admire firsthand all its geological, natural and cultural beauty through daily outings in the company of a Park Expert.
These itineraries are accessible to everyone and, through a combination of unforgettable visits to the Geopark and other interesting cultural tours, provide a full immersion into the nature, history and culture of the Trentino region.
A fascinating, all-day field trip into the heart of Val Genova. This beautiful valley was once called the “Versailles of the Eastern Alps” by early explorers due to its great quantities of water and its sheer number of amazing waterfalls, including the magnificent Nardis Fall, one of the Adamello-Brenta Geopark’s geosites. The tour begins in Bedole, immersed in nature on the valley floor, admiring the spectacular Lobbie and Mandrone cirque glaciers in the company of an expert tour guide from the Adamello-Brenta Nature Park. We will then hike along the banks of the Sarca river all the way up to Malga Matarot Bassa, where the enchanting panorama from this location will make the effort to get here well worth it as we all enjoy a much deserved sack lunch together.
On the return trip, we will visit the Geopark Information Center, where we will discover all of the park’s geological wonders with the aid of models, interactive experiments, and multimedia kiosks. The information center also features wonderful films that show spectacular aerial views of the park. Also of great interest is a faithful reproduction of a karstic cave, including the typical sounds of dripping water, which will help to understand these great potholes were formed, as well as a selection of fossils and minerals that can be examined under a sliding magnifying glass.
The day will come to an end at the old glass factory, Antica Vetreria, a sort of open-air museum where we will relive the history of the old Carisolo glass factory and admire the site’s collection of glassware, original documents, tools of the trade, and historical photos.
A pleasant, all-day outing through the beautiful landscapes of Val di Non, including visit to the Spormaggiore information center dedicated to the brown bear, Casa del Parco “Orso”. The brown bear (Ursus arctos) is the largest mammal of the Alps and is the symbol of the Adamello-Brenta Geopark. These bears once again populate the Trentino woods with the help of a dedicated reintroduction project. The information center features multimedia presentations, videos, and life-sized reconstructions in six themed rooms, where you can learn all about the brown bear and its controversial relationship with man.
The morning continues with a guided tour of the Fauna Park, which features a unique opportunity to see up close two brown bears that live within a 7,000 square meter (1.7 acre) enclosure. Also in this park are a number of wolves (Canis lupus), which are among the largest carnivores indigenous to the Alps.
Following a sack lunch, the day continues in the afternoon with the return trip giving us an opportunity to admire the wonders of the Brenta Dolomites. In Dimaro, there will be a tour of the Venetian sawmill, a site of great cultural and historical interest. During this brief walk, we will see a steam hammer in action and visit an old lime kiln and the larch forest where turpentine was once extracted. We will also learn about all the traditional mountain handicrafts the locals came up with in order to take full advantage of all the natural resources this area had to offer them.
The dense calendar of events immersed in the natural and cultural heritage of the Adamello-Brenta Geopark closes in style. This final day has been dedicated to an outing in the company of an expert guide from the Adamello-Brenta Nature Park to an extremely panoramic area of the two mountain groups at the heart of the Geopark: the World Heritage Brenta Dolomites and the Adamello-Presanella group.
From Malga Campo, we will hike along a mostly flat trail immersed in a marvelous larch forest to two enchanting lakes situated in glacial basins, in between which there are Rifugio di S. Giuliano and a sanctuary chapel dedicated to Saint Julian of Cilicia. The chapel was famous for its water, which was said to be good for treating fever, and has been said to have once been run by a religious hermit. The earliest records date back to 1292.
After a brief rest and sack lunch, the return trip will take us back along the same trail, and the day will come to an end in Caderzone Terme with a visit to the Malga Museum dedicated to the mountain pastures and farmhouses of the Giudicarie valleys. Here, you will have an opportunity to learn about the traditional tools that the locals had perfected over time on a journey to discover local culture and tradition as we discover the typical day of a farmer, from the mornings working with his livestock to the evenings and the bed in which he rests at night. The museum was created in order to remember the many generations who lived in the valleys of the Geopark and see how life has evolved throughout history in an inextricable bond with the mountains. The museum is located in the historic Lodron-Bertelli palace at the Fonte S. Antonio spa, the ferrous water of which has long been known for its benefits and has been scientifically studied on multiple occasions.