A descent to the medieval castle of Seqonzano and the banks of the Avisio amidst multi-coloured stones
The route begins in the village of Scancio, near Hotel Piramidi, before descending to the attractive hamlet of Saletto and then continuing on a country road as far as the ruins of Segonzano castle perched on rocky heights watching over the historic bridge at Cantilaga. Cited in documents dating to 1216 the castle was seriously damaged by Napoleonic troops in 1796 during the Battle of Segonzano.
Moving southwards on a country road the route arrives at nearby Cappella di Sant’Antonio on whose southern facade French army bullet holes are still visible. From the chapel the route continues downhill into the historic centre of the village of Piazzo, where the small church of the Immacolata, with its fine frescoes, is worth a visit. After crossing the village and reaching the cemetery the footpath continues northwards to the historic bridge at Cantilaga. Just a little higher up you pass the small village of Prà, once the site of the Folgheràiter mill (active until the 1950s) whose ruins are visible just outside the village.
A straightforward cool footpath takes you to a spectacular rocky canyon in which the Avisio stream has carved out a tranquil loop, an exquisite greenish blue natural swimming. A rock climbing gym has been set up along a sheer rock wall over the water.
Near the suspension bridge a footpath climbs up the scrub in an eastwards direction where it joins a forest track leading to the hamlet of Teaio, set on a promontory with splendid views over the valley. The itinerary then continues on country roads to its starting point in Segonzano.
You need to follow this itinerary with the peace and quiet of the traveler, who stops to watch what is around. At bridge Cantilaga continue (without crossing the bridge) to hamlet Prà and then walk into the fields and the stream environment of Avisio.
The hamlet Piazzo with its narrow streets and its beautiful painted church deserves a visit either on the way to or on the way back.
Rest stopsHotel "Alle Piramidi"
Trattoria-Bar Alpino Giacomozzi
Even if this trail is not technically difficult and has no dangerous stretches, we always and in any case suggest to follow the general rules on safety for mountain hikes.
- Prepare your itinerary
- Choose an excursion appropriate for your real ability and training level
- Choose the fitting equipment
- Check the weather forecast
- Hiking alone is risky
- Give details about your itinerary and about the approximate hour of your return
- Do not hesitate to entrust you to an expert
- Pay attention to the indication and signals you will find along your journey
- Do not hesitate to retrace your steps
- In case of accident: ask for help and call the number 112
Tips and hints
Rete di Riserve Alta Val di Cembra-Avisio
To drive here from Trento, you need to follow the main road S.P. 71 to Segonzano – Fraz. Scancio where, after the petrol station, you need to turn right and follow the road signs for the theatre.
To drive here from the valley Val di Fiemme, you need to follow the main road S.P. 71 to Segonzano then turn left and follow the road signs for the theatre.
Parking area nearby the Hotel Piramidi, in the hamlet of Scancio.
- Trekking shoes or mountain boots.
- Trekking poles.
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