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Hermitage and Lake of San Colombano

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  • eremo San Colombano
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Walk linking the famous Hermitage of San Colombano with the wild turquoise lake below 
easy
Distance 6.2 km
2:15 h
106 m
104 m
314 m
252 m
A splendid walk that first climbs into history, climbing the 102 steps carved into the rock, to visit the Hermitage of St. Columbanus, a mystical place dating back to 700 AD and set in a rocky wall on a 120-metre cliff, an ancient refuge for hermit monks and for centuries a destination for pilgrims from all over the world. Legend tells of the Irish saint who came here as a young knight to slay the dragon that was terrorising and killing the local population.After visiting the hermitage with its frescoes and engravings (open from May to September on Sundays and public holidays - info: eremosancolombano@gmail.com), you descend the steps and enter the woods along a little path that reaches the shores of the narrow and evocative Lake San Colombano, passing first by the dam of the same name. The path runs along the entire length of the lake amidst thick vegetation and naturalistic views of rare beauty, ending at the Spino aqueduct. From there, it is advisable to retrace one's steps by returning along the little road just taken (or to climb up a zigzag path towards the SS46 state road and the village of Spino, then back up again towards Moscheri, returning from the Trambileno provincial road).

Author’s recommendation

A visit to the Hermitage of St. Columbanus is a must, but check opening times first (more information: eremosancolombano@gmail.com).On the path along the lake, stop to admire the changing colours of the water below and spot numerous species of fish such as trout, tench and carp.
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Update: March 01, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
314 m
Lowest point
252 m
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Safety information

The village of Moscheri is just a few hundred metres above the path, and can be reached via the Trambileno provincial road once the lake route has been completed: there are refreshment points there for all your needs.

Tips and hints

More information on openings and details: eremosancolombano@gmail.com

Start

Parking under the Hermitage of San Colombano (252 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.879559, 11.062204
DMS
45°52'46.4"N 11°03'43.9"E
UTM
32T 660026 5082733
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Destination

Spino Aqueduct

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Getting there

From Rovereto take the SS46 state road (in the direction of Ospedale) and continue towards Trambileno. Before the village of Toldo the entrance to the car park is on the right.

Parking

Some parking is available on the roadside near the start of the route, otherwise leave your car in San Colombano.

Coordinates

DD
45.879559, 11.062204
DMS
45°52'46.4"N 11°03'43.9"E
UTM
32T 660026 5082733
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
6.2 km
Duration
2:15 h
Ascent
106 m
Descent
104 m
Highest point
314 m
Lowest point
252 m
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