Il colle Beo, San Lorenzo in Banale and Dorsino
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San Lorenzo in BanalePhoto: ph. Benigni, APT Dolomiti di Brenta e Paganella
Not too difficult walk around the villages of San Lorenzo in Banale and Dorsino.
Medium walk for everybody around the villages of San Lorenzo in Banale and Dorsino.
- the panorama from Colle Beo
- San Lorenzo in Banale, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy
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Before leaving, prepare your itinerary well
Take note of the correct trails to take near crossroads and any refreshment points along the way, where you can stop for a break. If you can, download the track to consult it even offline.
Respect the environment and choose a trail suitable for your physical preparation
When hiking in the mountains, remember to leave the sites you visit clean. In addition, take into account length, height variance and any technical difficulties of the trail you have chosen.
Choose suitable equipment and gear
If you go trekking, you must have technical boots, water bottle, rain jacket, food, a headlight battery, any spare parts and a first-aid kit. If you hike over via ferratas or practice climbing, don’t forget the appropriate technical equipment.
Consult the weather reports, …
… especially local ones, that give more specific information. This advice is especially important if you are tackling a via ferrata: before setting off, make sure the weather is stable.
It is always better to complete your adventure in company
This way, you can always count on mutual help in case of difficulty. In the mountains, even a simple sprain can become a problem if you are alone.
Share information about your itinerary with somebody
Tell friends, family or mountain hut managers which itinerary you intend to take and the estimated time of your return. This information can be essential in case of emergency.
Rely on a mountain professional
Alpine guides, mountain hut managers or mid-mountain guides are excellent sources for obtaining useful information on the environmental conditions of mountain routes.
Pay attention to the signage along the way
Follow the signage bearing information on trails (number and destination), and the indications you find along the path, namely the white and red trail signs. Always remember to bring a map of the route (paper or digital) with you.
Don’t hesitate to go back on your steps
If tiredness arises, if you have doubts about the route or if the weather turns bad, it is better to go back along the trail you already completed rather than risk continuing.
In the event of an accident, call 112
When you call, remember to provide information on the exact location of the accident, the activity you were conducting, the number of people involved and their conditions, the weather conditions and the telephone number from which you are calling.
Tips and hints
Park at San Lorenzo’s church square and head to the local supermarket, Famiglia Cooperativa Brenta Paganella to reach Strada Statate 421 dei Laghi di Molveno e Tenno; from here turn left onto a cobbled lane (200m) until you reach a shrine dedicated to the Madonna (Our Lady). Here, turn left again and continue towards the centre of Berghi: here, you will find “Casa Martinoni”, a beautiful example of rural house with a loggia, and a small church dedicated to S. Apollonia, dating XVII century. Continue ahead until you reach the “Poz’ area where you will see, on the right, a small stone fountain built on the front of a house. Continue for 100 metres towards the borough of Pergnano. At the next crossing, bear left and pass through “Località Dos”. The road continues up and down through the village; at the end, turn right and arrive at the church of Pergnano dedicated to S. Sebastiano and S. Rocco, dating XV century and decorated with frescos by the Baschenis. Take the road to the right leading uphill to the borough of Senaso with its small church of S. Matteo enclosed by walls. Continue along the cobbled road through the village, then turn right under I Ponti, a series of archways, near an old dairy, where, in the old days, the milk - prime source of income - was collected from each family in the borough to be processed; later, the dairy was used for smoking the local cured sausage “la ciuga”. As you turn right, make your way towards the borough of Dolaso, crossing the village and continuing along the road for Val Ambiez. At the first intersection, turn left and enter the road, bordered by hedges and crop fields, that descends quickly into the village of Dorsino. Cross the main road and enter the town centre where you find a beautiful fountain and the ancient church of S. Giorgio’s, dating between XV and XVI century. From the church square, take the lane on the left leading through “pont de l’era”, a series of archways, heading towards San Lorenzo. After walking up a street lined with hazelnut trees, as you reach the first houses of San Lorenzo, turn left onto a dirt track bordered with edges to reach the main paved road. Continue along this road, keeping to right-hand side, pass few hotels and, still keeping to the right, enter the historic centre to start the climb of Colle Beo. Soon after the first bend, near a picnic area, a path leads through the trees to the ruins of Castel Mani overlooking the valley of Rio Bondai. The paved road continues, passing a hotel and a group of houses where it turns into a dirt track leading to the top of the hill. Here, you will find a rest area with benches where you can admire the spectacular views over the town and across the surrounding mountains. Later, descend the other side of the hill, along a steady path leading to Località Manton, just above Berghi, from where you can reach the square of San Lorenzo where you initially parked.
Trentino Trasporti - line 201 (from Trento to Ponte Arche) and line 208 (from Ponte Arche to San Lorenzo Dorsino)
Coming from the North:
Motorway A 22 exit San Michele all'Adige, then SS 43 through Mezzolombardo; after having passed the village, we turn left into SP64, following the indications to Altopiano della Paganella; in Andalo, we turn left, SS 421, first to Molveno and then to San Lorenzo in Banale.
Coming from the South:
Motorway A 22 exit Trento Sud: at the roundabot we'll follow the indications to Terme di Comano/Tione di Trento/Madonna di Campiglio; about 30 kms. after Trento, just before Terme di Comano, we'll turn right to Villa Banale/San Lorenzo in Banale/Molveno.
San Lorenzo in Banale - church square
Author’s map recommendations
"Ca.mminare Winter", for free at the offices of the Tourist Board Dolomiti Paganella.
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Warm clothes, mobile phone.
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