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Springtime in the Trentino region. Trails through meadows of orchids, lilies and  buttercups  

Thursday, 17 March 2022 10:43
Springtime in the Trentino region. Trails through meadows of orchids, lilies and  buttercups   Carlo Baroni

Springtime in the Trentino region, when the mountains and valleys are carpeted with colourful orchids, snowdrops and buttercups, is the best time of year to enjoy its extraordinary biodiversity and colourful flowers.    

The Monte Baldo Nature Park is famous for its biodiversity 

The Monte Baldo Nature Park, between the Lagarina Valley and Lake Garda, has been known by botanists from all over Europe since the Middle Ages thanks to its extraordinary biodiversity and abundance of endemic species. As early as 1500 Giovan Battista Olivi, a pharmacist and physician from Cremona, defined the Monte Baldo massif as Hortus Italiae, the Garden of Italy.  The most common species such as arnica, lilies, gentians, orchids, and buttercups bloom in the high-altitude meadows between May and June, creating colourful carpets throughout park. One of the most spectacular is the buttercup, with its intense yellow flowers.

Spectacular peaks and colourful blossoms

Mount Casale is the most panoramic mountain in the Terme di Comano Valley with its spectacular peaks, but it is not the only one. Even up here, in the high altitude meadows overlooking the southern side of the Brenta Dolomites, in May nature awakens, transforming the mountains into a colourful fresco of mountain tulips, orchids, peonies, gentians, lilies and rhododendrons, as well as gorse, cranberries, arnica, and heather. 

A route suitable for families

The ascent on Mount Casale is an easy route that is also suitable for families. With a permit that can be purchased at the Panorama Hotel in Comano, drive up to the parking lot in Le Quadre and then continue on foot along a dirt road that leads into the meadows at the summit. When you reach the Don Zio refuge continue to the panoramic viewpoint overlooking the Valley of the Lakes with its stunning views over the peaks on the horizon. You can then continue south to a large cross and from there return to the Don Zio refuge.

A sea of apple blossom

At the end of April the Valle di Non valley, famous for its apples, becomes blanketed in white and soft pink apple blossom. This is the perfect time to discover this valley with its historic little villages and abundant natural attractions like the canyons around the Santa Giustina Lake. These can be reached along the many hiking and biking trails, made even more spectacular by the colourful apple orchards.  

Gastronomic walks and themed picnics

The annual Aprile dolce fiorire  (April sweet blossom) programme from 8 April to 1 May (www.apriledolcefiorire.com) is packed with events. From gastronomic walks and themed picnics to flowering itineraries and guided excursions, and from visits to wineries and distilleries to wine trekking, and excursions with donkeys. At the Lavazè Pass in the Val di Fiemme valley, on the border between Trentino and Alto Adige, you can find orchids and the rare edelweiss and the slopes of the Corno Bianco and Corno Nero are home to splendid rhododendrons. 

Through fir and pine forests up to the peaks

Hiking from the Passo di Lavazè Pass to the panoramic peak of Pala Santa you pass through forests of fir and pine trees up to the peaks of the Corno Bianco and Corno Nero.  On the descent, following the ski slope to Passo di Pampeago, you return to Passo Lavazè on trail number 9 first along the forest road and then back on the pathway.

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