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Tour 1421 – The Bishop and the Hermit

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Map / Tour 1421 – The Bishop and the Hermit
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This tour wends its way across the western side of the Mendola until it reaches the high-altitude Roen mountain pastures. It features steep climbs which will be rewarded by a fun single trail descent boasting one or two more technical stretches.{

27.4 km
4:30 h
1550 m
1550 m

The dense forest on the western flank of the Roen is home to two locations dedicated to a hermit and a bishop respectively. 

You can reach the locations by biking on a demanding yet varied route which starts in Coredo: let your mind wander as you take in the scenery, which includes two artificial lakes above the aforementioned locations.

The tour kicks off with gradually more demanding climbs until you reach the cement ramp towards Malga Smarano: this is where you will have to give all you’ve got to overcome the course.

The first part of the route to Malga Sanzeno develops on a demanding, technical hiking path. The second part leads to the Vescovo hut, and then continues on a pleasant forest path to the legendary Sanctuary of San Romedio. 

Return to Coredo by taking a steep forest path.

Author’s recommendation

You simply have to visit the Sanctuary of San Romedio. Make the most of the kiosk, the cafe, and the bear enclosure. User
APT Val di Non
Updated: January 29, 2019

S2 moderate
Highest point
1590 m
Lowest point
742 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Bar Ristorante Due Laghi
Ristorante Pizzeria Nardi's
Ristorante Sport
Agritur Agostini

Safety information

Stop for a refresher at the foot of the sanctuary.

If you want to top up your water bottle, you’ll have to wait until Malga San Zeno.

Take an energy bar or two.

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.


The route is ideal on a trail bike full, especially one which can be easily ridden on steep ramps.

Tips, hints and links

How did people let go of their ‘modern’ lives when wifi and wellness centres still weren’t a thing? They embraced an hermetic lifestyle and dwelled in wild forests.And their heritage has transcended time, landing in our days, where many people follow in their footsteps in admiration and respect. And some of them may very well choose this route which coasts by the Vescovo Hut and the Sanctuary of San Romedio.

Legend goes that San Romedio was on his way to Trento. It was a strenuous horse ride and, upon entering the forest, a bear slew his horse.San Romedio talked to the beast and miraculously tamed it. From that moment onwards, the bear never left his side. Nobody knows what he said to the bear. To be fair, knowing how truthful this legend is isn’t of importance. What matters is that the hermitage became an important sanctuary over the course of the centuries. Everyone falls under its spell and the suggestive beauty of the location and its buildings built atop a rocky outcrop. An extensive fence is located at the feet of the monastery’s walls and within it rests a bear held in captivity.

Normally, this is an older bear that has been freed from a circus, and this is a way it can grow old with some dignity. If you’re lucky enough, you may get to see the bear.


Coredo (853 m)
46.350330, 11.088490
32T 660691 5135092



Turn-by-turn directions


The tour climbs towards Malga Sanzeno and can be approached twofold at the top to overcome the steep cement ramp (towards Malga Smarano). We recommend taking the higher alternative (to the east) which features a larger elevation gain on an incredibly steep entry to the mountain pasture which will be rewarded after heading north with an exciting downhill on a fun off-route path to the Malga di Sanzeno. The lower alternative spares you 350 m of a really steep climb and heads north before on a gravel road and then on a forest path. The disadvantage is the uphill elevation gain on a path with little to no traction.Based on the alternative you choose, the route will be either 27 or 25 km and the elevation difference comes in at just below 1.5 kmThe downhill from Baita del Vescovo is one-of-a-kind.Watch out: path 537 is very narrow and hikers use it too! Once you reach the Rio Verde valley, we recommend you stop and visit the Sanctuary of San Romedio. If you have enough time, do take a wander inside.Once you reach Tavon and Coredo lakes, climb on a steep forest path leading into Pineta.

Getting there

Exit motorway A22 at Trento Nord and follow the SS43 towards Val di Non and Val di Sole. In dermulo turn right and take the SS43dir towards Bolzano. After 1 km turn right again onto the SP7 to Coredo.


Parkplatz bei den Seen von tavon und Coredo Seen. Kostenpflichtig nur von 1. Juni bis 15 September.

Freier Parkplatz am Dorfplatz.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

4Land Wanderkarte Nr. 155

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S2 moderate
27.4 km
4:30 h
1550 m
1550 m
Loop With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value


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