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Rango, Balbido & Passo Durone

Hiking trail · Terme di Comano-Dolomiti di Brenta
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  • Das Dorf Rango zählt zu den schönsten Italiens
    / Das Dorf Rango zählt zu den schönsten Italiens
    Photo: Valentina Novali, APT Terme di Comano-Dolomiti di Brenta
  • / Tra i vicoli di Rango
    Photo: Fototeca Trentino Sviluppo foto di A. Russolo, APT Terme di Comano-Dolomiti di Brenta
  • / Typische Architektur in den Judikarien
    Photo: Fototrekking Foto di B. Bolchi, APT Terme di Comano-Dolomiti di Brenta
  • / Murales di Balbido
    Photo: Fototeca Trentino Sviluppo foto di L. Gaudenzio, APT Terme di Comano-Dolomiti di Brenta
  • / Murales di Balbido
    Photo: Fototeca Trentino Sviluppo foto di A. Russolo, APT Terme di Comano-Dolomiti di Brenta
  • / Wandgemälde in Balbido
    Photo: Valentina Novali, APT Terme di Comano-Dolomiti di Brenta
  • / Wandgemälde in Balbido
    Photo: Valentina Novali, APT Terme di Comano-Dolomiti di Brenta
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This is an easy and fascinating walk first through Rango, “one of the most beautiful villages in Italy”, then Balbido, known as Il paese dipinto (the painted village) and Passo Durone.
moderate
8.3 km
2:45 h
389 m
389 m
Itinerary: Rango, Balbido, Passo Durone, Rango.

Author’s recommendation

  • Rango, “one of the most beautiful villages in Italy”
  • Balbido "the painted village"
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Updated: August 20, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Passo del Durone, 996 m
Lowest point
Balbido, 762 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

-plan with care your itinerary

-choose an itinerary that suits your physical condition

-choose carefully the appropriate equipment

-check the weather forecast

-if you walk alone it could be more dangerous

-tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll probably be back

-don’t hesitate to contact an expert if you think you’re going to need one

-pay attention to the signposts

-don’t hesitate to retrace your steps

-in case of accident call 118

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, hints and links

www.visitacomano.it/trekking

Start

Rango (799 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.017494, 10.811245
DMS
46°01'03.0"N 10°48'40.5"E
UTM
32T 640203 5097586
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Destination

Rango

Turn-by-turn directions

Start in Rango.  Leave the car at the carpark near the ramp leading to the historic centre, make your way south on the main road and take a left after 100m going through the first houses of Balbido. Descend into the heart of Balbido surrounded by houses embellished with frescoes depicting historic rural scenes; after passing a long bend, bear left entering a narrow lane that will take you to the main square. Walk up the main road, following the sign SAT 462 on the left, along a paved road until you reach the last of the town houses. As you step into the countryside, follow a steep slope leading to “Le Cross”. On your right, you will find a shrine dedicated to Our Lady and on the left, a field in the centre of which is one of the 5 crosses erected in 1656 as protection against the witches coming - as the legend tells- from Val Marcia to cast their evil spells and curses. The other four crosses can be found in the surrounding woods.

Continue uphill through the woods, pass two farmsteads and after a quick stop to admire the beautiful panoramic view of the valley and the villages below, descend on a steep slope into the village of Rango, listed one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Cross the town square embellished with a quadrangular granite fountain, surrounded by rustic houses and picturesque corners revealing quaint courtyards and narrow cobbled lanes. Leaving the town behind, walk up a dirt track and join the open countryside dotted, here and there, with farmsteads. Pass the fields and enter the forest, along the rural path on the border between the woods and the main road, to arrive at destination, il Durone, in just a short time.

You’ll see in front of you a vast green grassland, enclosed by woods, and in the background the splendid scenery of Carè Alto, above it on the left, the steep ridges of Cima Sèra; also, the path to Malga Stabio and a café/restaurant to stop for some refreshments. On the way back, initially retrace your steps and then join the main road, strada provinciale, along which you will reach a natural spring known as “Acqua Santa” (Holy Water). Here in 1565, Cardinal Carlo Borromeo stopped during his journey to Trento to quench his thirst and blessed the spring water.

Just after the spring, near a picnic area on the right, take the dirt track leading through the woods; after a few hundred metres turn left to descend into the borough of Cavaione along a narrow path running through the woods and grassland. When you reach a crossing point between the fields, bordered by rocky slabs and dry-stone walls, turn right along a track that leads quickly through a forest of red fir trees. Continue downhill until you cross the main road leading to the more elevated part of Cavaione near to “Il Castelliere” pizzeria. At the next turn, walk down the small paved road lined with granite slabs. When you reach the fountain, bear right to return to Rango, the starting point of this walk.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Getting there

From Ponte Arche/Comano Terme take SP Bleggio and stop in Balbido (7km).

Parking

Free parking in Balbido and in Rango

Coordinates

DD
46.017494, 10.811245
DMS
46°01'03.0"N 10°48'40.5"E
UTM
32T 640203 5097586
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

-hiking backpack

-trekking shoes


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.3 km
Duration
2:45h
Ascent
389 m
Descent
389 m
Loop Cultural/historical value Scenic Refreshment stops available

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