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Canale di Tenno, one of the Trentino’s prettiest towns, is packed with history and traditions

Thursday, 03 March 2022 10:43

Entering Canale, one of the Trentino region’s prettiest towns, is like opening a book of folklore and history. It is one of the most beautiful little towns in Italy, with a thousand-year history and extraordinary charm, immersed in the lush hilly landscape of Garda Trentino, which resonates with history and medieval culture. 

A haunt for sculptors and painters

Less than ten kilometres from famous Lake Garda, the ancient facades of the stone houses, vaulted ceilings and balconies spilling over with geraniums overlook historic alleyways, and have attracted talented sculptors and painters since the Second World War. The Casa degli Artisti, named after the painter Giacomo Vittone, is a charming location and a meeting place for artists from all over Europe.

A summer festival

In every corner of Canale di Tenno you can sense its culture. Each of its streets takes you on an extraordinary journey through time. During the winter months the Christmas market warms the hearts of visitors, and during the summer history buffs and admirers of the past gather at the Rustico Medioevo festival. During this festive period the lives of historical locals are evoked though storytelling, dance choreographies and medieval costume.

The town overlooks nearby Lake Tenno

In Tenno there is also a castle of the same name whose walls preserve the heraldic coats of arms of princes and bishops, and the San Lorenzo Church which has examples of 12th-century Trentino painting and amazing Gothic iconography. Visiting the castle you can look back into the history of the area and simultaneously observe the timeless beauty of the surrounding landscape that overlooks the sparkling blue of nearby Lake Tenno.

Traditional restaurants and biking trails 

Along the old alleyways you will find many traditional restaurants where you can sit down to some classic Trentino home cooking, in which authentic flavours and generosity go hand in hand. There are also numerous trails for mountain biking or trekking. And for climbing enthusiasts there are many cliffs and trails for all levels of climber. This is an area that can be experienced all year round thanks to the comparative coolness of the summer months and the mild cold seasons.

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