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Val Marcia: The Witches Trail

Mountain tour · Bleggio Superiore
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    Photo: Azienda per il Turismo Terme di Comano Dolomiti di Brenta, 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
  • / La Val Marcia - la valle delle streghe
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  • / Camminare che passione
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  • / Veduta della Val Marcia
    Photo: Valentina Novali, APT Terme di Comano-Dolomiti di Brenta
  • / Murales di Balbido
    Photo: Valentina Novali, APT Terme di Comano-Dolomiti di Brenta
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At the beginning of the valley seven crosses were built in 1656 to keep away the witches, who were thought to cast courses on the inhabitants, causing damages to the villages and the fields. This itinerary isn’t a strenuous one and it’s perfect also for children and seniors, as long as trained. In fact, you will have to face a steep climb that will bring you up at 1580 metres. Val Marcia, located at the south end of Bleggio, is enclosed by Mount Altissimo and Mount Cogorna and traversed by the river Duina and its little tributaries. Discover this wild valley and admire such an untouched territory offering many wonderful glimpses.

7 km
3:00 h
875 m
81 m

Itinerary: Balbido, Livez, Malga Dablino return via the same route.

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Updated: December 04, 2019

Highest point
1556 m
Lowest point
762 m
Best time of year

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.


-hiking backpack

-trekking shoes

Tips, hints and links


Balbido (761 m)
46.014125, 10.811860
32T 640260 5097212



Turn-by-turn directions

Park in the centre of Balbido, walk up the main road following the signs SAT 462 on the left, until you reach the last houses. Continue along the paved road until you arrive in the “Le Cross” area where the road turns into a dirt track and enters the woods; pass the SS. Trinità chapel and arrive at “Livèz”. Keep walking ahead towards Malga Dablino, make you way through the valley keeping to the left bank of the river Duina. After crossing Rio Torcòs and Rio Torcadìn, and passing near the “Acqua del Barbèr” spring, you will arrive at the “Jal demla Porcil” area, at an altitude of 1250m; continue on and ford the river Duina bringing yourself to the right orographic side of the valley, near to the sides of Mount Cogorna. Leave the forest road and climb up a steep path through the woods until you reach the source of river Duina. Here, you can choose to continue on either the steep track or the original old path, both leading to Malga Dablino.

When you have passed the water station, you step into the pastures around Malga Dablino (or what is left of it) and further on Bait dei Caciadori, The Hunters’ hut. Here, you will find a tucked-away corner where you can take shelter. It’s a fantastic location: a secluded and intimate basin from which you can stare in awe at the Val Marcia peaks, Gavardina, Rodola, Altissimo and Cima Pala. After, retrace your footsteps back to the starting point. Tip: those who wish to shorten their itinerary can drive to the “Livèz” area. This will cut the excursion time down by one hour.


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Getting there

From Ponte Arche/Comano Terme go towards Bleggio Superiore - Balbido (8 km).


Free parking in Balbido.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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81 m
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