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The Via Imperiale from Andalo to Spormaggiore

Winter hiking · Altopiano della Paganella
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  • Andalo
    / Andalo
    Photo: Lorenzo Ventura, ph. Frizzera
  • / Andalo
    Photo: Lorenzo Ventura, APT Dolomiti di Brenta e Paganella
  • / Cavedago
    Photo: ph. Tonina, APT Dolomiti di Brenta e Paganella
  • / Alberi innevati
    Photo: Giorgio Monticelli, APT Dolomiti di Brenta e Paganella
  • / Spormaggiore
    Photo: Lorenzo Ventura, ph. Frizzera
  • / Spormaggiore - Christmas Market in Maurina
    Photo: Lorenzo Ventura, ph. Frizzera
  • / Spormaggiore - Christmas Market in Maurina
    Photo: Lorenzo Ventura, ph. Frizzera
  • / Castel Belfort
    Photo: Storytravellers, APT Dolomiti di Brenta e Paganella
  • / Castel Belfort
    Photo: ph. Frizzera, APT Dolomiti di Brenta e Paganella
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The Via Imperiale from the Sporeggio Valley to Banale; a real and virtual way through nature, art and mountain traditions.
Distance 8.8 km
2:34 h
145 m
596 m
1,047 m
525 m
The Via Imperiale, also known as Via Traversa, is an ancient Roman way which has been one of the most important connection to the via Francigena, going through Val di Non, the Giudicarie and leading to Lake Garda. Here we are writing about the track from Andalo to Spormaggiore.

Author’s recommendation

- The wildlife area and the Bear Museum in Spormaggiore

- St. Vigil Church in Spormaggiore

- The ruines of Castel Belfort, near Spormaggiore

- St. Thomas Church in Cavedago

- Andalo Life Park

- The top of Paganella with the lifts from Andalo


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Lorenzo Ventura
Update: November 02, 2021
Highest point
Priori, 1,047 m
Lowest point
Spormaggiore, 525 m
Best time of year

Safety information

1) prepare your itinerary 

2) choose an excursion appropiate for your real ability and training level 

3) choose the fitting equimpent  

4) check the weather forecast

5) hiking alone is risky 

6) give details about your itinerary and about the approximate hour of your return 

7) do not hesitate to entrust you to an expert  

8) pay attention to the indication and signals you will find along your journey 

9) do not hesitate to retrace your steps  

10) in case of accident: ask for help and call the number 112


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.

Tips and hints

Tourist Board Dolomiti Paganella

Via Imperiale


Andalo Life Park (1,025 m)
46.169320, 11.006130
46°10'09.6"N 11°00'22.1"E
32T 654863 5114816



Turn-by-turn directions

From Andalo Life Park you go almost flat to Priori and then downwards to the Thomaschurch near Cavedago. You continue through the Sporeggio Valley and you reach your destination, Spormaggiore.

From this main road, there are some smaller routes, each with unique features. More information are accesible through QR Codes located on the path. With this project, a road, full of history and used by knights and peasants, pilgrims and mechants, shepherds and curators is available for everyone.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Trentino Trasporti - line 611 - Local train from Trento to Mezzolombardo (line Trento - Malé). From Mezzolombardo to Andalo take the bus. 

Getting there

If you come from the North side: At the roundabout near motorway exit you turn right on Mezzolombardo. After travel across the village, following the driving direction for Fai della Paganella - Andalo - Molveno 


If you come from the South side: From the motorway exit of Trento Nord you proceed on Val di Non e Altopiano della Paganella, at the exit of Mezzolombardo tunnel you turn on the right on SP 64. You proceed on Fai della paganella - Andalo direction. 




46.169320, 11.006130
46°10'09.6"N 11°00'22.1"E
32T 654863 5114816
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Warm clothes, snowshoes, walking poles.

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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.

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8.8 km
2:34 h
145 m
596 m
Highest point
1,047 m
Lowest point
525 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest


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