A walk of great naturalistic, historical, and archeological interest. The route leads from a landscape of ancient volcanic rock (i.e. the porphyry of the Mancabrot ridge) to terrain made up of relatively young rock of marine origin on Monte Corona. Archeological finds attest to early Bronze Age settlements, and from the presence of copper, lead and silver ore, it can be assumed that minerals were mined in the area in very ancient times.
Distance 8.4 km
Highest point896 m
Lowest point652 m
A walk of great naturalistic, historical, and archeological interest. The route leads from a landscape of ancient volcanic rock (i.e. the porphyry of the Mancabrot ridge) to terrain made up of relatively young rock of marine origin on Monte Corona. Archeological finds attest to early Bronze Age settlements, and from the presence of copper, lead and silver ore, it can be assumed that minerals were mined in the area in very ancient times. The departure and arrival place of this ring route is the car park (fountain, information board) of the civic centre of Valternigo (municipality of Giovo) at an altitude of about 650 m/2,133 ft. There are many places of environmental, historical and archeological interest along the route which meanders along the various pine-covered hills making up the Mancabrot ridge. The destination of the walk, called 'Lago Montesel', is in fact a small and nice wetland area located within a wood (Bosco Maric, 812 m). From there, the route takes you down to a pass called 'Pian del Lac', another marshy area with apple orchards and meadows where it's not uncommon to chance upon grazing red deer or roe deer. From there, a pleasant path meandering through various plantations takes you back to the starting place. The overall distance is about 4.5 km/2.8 miles, and the difference in height amount sto less than 200 m/656 ft: this walk is therefore within the reach of most people and takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete (allowing for a few brief stops at panoramic spots and other places of interest, but irrespective of any longer stops you may wish to make in order to have a closer look at sights).
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Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.
Valternigo (Giovo) - dorsal of the Mancabrot - Bosco Maric (812 m) - “Lac de Montesel” - Pian del Lac (673 m)
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The walk starts from the civic centre of Valternigo. During the first stretch, you follow the 'sentiero naturalistico Mancabrot e Lac de Montesel' (Mancabrot and Lake Montesel naturalistic path) which runs through a centuries-old pinewood along the porphyry ridge of Dos Mancabrot. Leave the small blue-faced civic centre building behind you and take an uphill path on the right that takes you to the top of Dos San Floriano, where there is a small church of the same name (the current building dates from the 14th–16th century). To the east of the church, there is a wooden parapet from where one enjoys a nice view of the Avisio River and of the cultivated terraces of Valle di Cembra. Head north past a saddle with centuries-old chestnut trees into a forest of Austrian pine trees that extends over the whole ridge of Dos Mancabrot. The path follows the undulations of the terrain and then reaches the basin of a biotope called 'Lac de Montesel'. Head north and downhill along a forest road that runs past two small hills on your right: Dos Fornei and Dos Fogolin. The meanings of these local place names ('furnaces' and 'small fire') are a reminder of past intense silver mining activities. The road leaves the wood and reaches a wide depression known as 'Pian del Lac' (lake plain): the lake itself may have disappeared, but in its place there is still a marshy area bordered by hygrophilous wood. Upon reaching the communal dirt road linking Valternigo with Masen, turn right towards Masen. At a place just above Masen called 'La Croce delle Serre', the most courageous walkers should consider making a detour in order to follow the Mondagiò botanical path which runs through a dense network of shallow pits ('cadini') dating from the 12th century, i.e. from the time when minerals first began to be quarried in this area. From Croce delle Serre, follow the signage for Monte Corona. After climbing along a mule path dug like a trench across the terrain, you reach a forest road. Turn left and head for Ville di Giovo. The forest road now dives towards Ville across a nice beech wood. The surface turns to asphalt as the road emerges from the wood and crosses an area planted with Müller Thurgau vineyards. The altitude of these vineyards (700–750 m/2,300–2,450 ft) is the highest at which vines can be grown in this area. As you walk through the old centre of the village of Ville, you go past the ancient tower of Castle ‘della Rosa’. This tower dates from the 14th century. It has five storeys and is 24 m/78.7 ft high. After the Castle, head east down an agricultural road across a stream ('Rio dei Molini') and then up a slope planted with orchards and vineyards until you reach a panoramic terrace at a place called 'Mur'. The route runs along a ridge before diving towards Valternigo and the starting place.
all notes on protected areas
By car: From south or north, on the A22 Brennero motorway, leave the motorway at the Trento Nord exit (22.5 km from the toll gate), continue northwards on the Main Brennero Road SS12 until the turn-off for Lavis, then take the Lavis - Castello di Fiemme Main Road SS612 which will take you to the Cembra Valley.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Author’s map recommendations
Tabacco – Altopiano di Piné, Valli di Cembra e dei Mocheni 1:25.000 - N° 062
Kompass – Bolzano Vigneti e Dolomiti, Val di Cembra, Val di Fiemme 1:50.000 - N° 74
Even on relatively short easy outings make sure to take all you need so you don't run into trouble if things take an unexpected turn, for example a storm blows up or you have a sudden drop in energy levels.
What you should have in your rucksack:
water canteen (1L)
snacks (e.g. mixed dried fruit or chocolate)
First aid kit
change of t-shirt and socks (in a plastic bag)
make sure to wear or at least bring a pair of long trousers
whistle to attract attention in an emergency
emergency telephone number Mountain Rescue 112
Make sure you're wearing the right footwear for the trail and season. The going can get rough and rocky underfoot and a pair of hiking boots will protect you from sprains.
And finally... don't forget to bring your camera! You'll need it to capture the stunning views.
Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes
Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
Layered, moisture wicking clothing
Rucksack (with rain cover)
Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
First aid kit
Bivy / survival bag
Navigation equipment / map and compass
Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes
Climbing helmet as required
The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.