Lavis municipality, which includes the town of Lavis and the villages of Pressano, Sorni, Nave San Felice and the various Masi, is located in the Adige Valley, between Trento and Bolzano. The vineyards dominate the landscape and have the Brenta Dolomites as their backdrop, a Unesco Heritage Site, celebrated worldwide for their impressive and unique appearance.
The territory unfolds through the Avisiane Hills, characterized by the vine cultivation; an ancient farming wisdom placed them amongst the top vineyards in Italy.
In Lavis we suggest to visit the San Uldarico Church, Palazzo Maffei, Palazzo De Schulthaus and the Bortolotti garden, recently reopened to the public (www.ecoargentario.it). Also the San Felice Church in Pressano and the Convento Agostiniano in San Michele all’Adige deserve a visit.
We also invite you to visit the wineries in the area and the many interesting historical shops in Lavis, as well as the historical “Masi” that can be found along the Wine Route.
CEMBRA VALLEY: not only “heroic” vine growing and porfido stone …
The Cembra Valley unfolds away from the busy tourist areas and the city of Trento, and is very well connected with Lavis, Pressano and Maso Grener.
From a geological point of view the natural landscape of the valley is characterized by a porphyry plateau with extremely hard rock that has been carved out by waters since the Ice Age. The Avisio River, originating from Mount Marmolada in the Fassa Valley, runs along a deep course at the bottom of the valley until the town of Lavis.
The Cembra Valley can be explored, know and appreciate in different way during every season. The landscape is characterized by woods and vineyards that are supported by ancient “dry stone walls” (about 300km of them exist in the valley), but also from its ancient Masi and elegant buildings that still show sign of the past Germanic domination. It is unique, thanks to the cultivation that seems to defy logic and patience, with regards to fighting the harshness of the valley’s porphyry soils. Porphyry quarries along with grape, apple and berry production are the main economies of the valley.
We suggest to visit the many parish and votive churches throughout the valley, the Segonzano Pyramids and the alpine lakes (Lago Santo and Lago di Pinè). We also invite you to visit the wineries, distilleries and butchers of the valley, and during the first week of July you can take part in the International Exhibition of the Muller Thurgau, held in Cembra.
TRENTO: the city of the Council
Set in the heart of the Alps, the city of Trento was founded during Roman times. Many elements of that historic period are still present, such as the underground archaeological site of Tridentum and the Early Christian Basilica; these sites offer rare and complete examples of Roman town planning, in a fascinating and charming setting.
Through the millennia, Trento has succeeded in blending together elements of diverse traditions, from Northern and Southern Europe. The result is a unique mix, that decided Trento as the city of choice for hosting the Council of the Counter Reformation (during 1545 to 1563).
Culturally, Trento offers a wide range of opportunities: from the history of the austere Buonconsiglio Castle, to the particular characteristics of Church history represented in the Diocesan Museum; from various children and adult initiatives organized by the Science Museum (MUSE, designed by Renzo Piano), to the modern art of the Albere Palace and the MART in Rovereto.
During winter Trento becomes the Alpine capital of the Christmas markets, due to its renowned and much appreciated craft markets.
THE TRENTINO CASTLES
In Trentino there are more than 70 castles, as evidence of a very important history during the various ages. Discovering the region visiting the various castles can be a new approach, historically and artistically relevant.
The Paganella highland is a stunning area of Trentino, thanks to the presence of the Brenta Dolomites, that reflect themselves in the Molveno lake.
The principal centres of the Paganella highland are:
- Molveno, with the homonymous lake, is a village of ancient origin, tourist destination for over a century. This small town, enriched by the San Borromeo church, saw the alternation of famous people among its guests.
- Fai della Paganella is located on an highland and is characterized by traditional houses on both sides of the main road. It is also a renowned touristic destination.
- Andalo, with the homonymous small lake, was founded in the Middle Age and at the beginning it consisted of 14 masi.
The Paganella highland offers activity for everyone. The winter lovers can ski in the ski area Dolomiti Paganella, whilst during summer one can choose between hikes, mountain bike and Nordic walking. The children can remain amazed encountering the wolf and the brown bear in the Parco Faunistico in Spormaggiore.
The Piana Rotaliana Königsberg is located in the Adige Valley, halfway the cities of Trento e Bolzano: a large vineyard that from the river bed climbs up until the hills, surrounded by massive mountains. Due to its position on the border between the Mediterranean and the Germanic areas and the passage of important communication roads, over the centuries it has been a crossroads of cultures. This is nowadays visible in the present landscape: the sunny vineyards, crossed by streams and hugged by steep cliffs; the noble palaces and the churches; the fields crossed by easy walks, the bird’s-eye views on the Adige Valley that one can enjoy from the top of the mountains that enclose the Piana Rotaliana.
We suggest to climb the Monte di Mezzocorona, on foot or using the cable car, and to visit the wineries and distilleries on the territory.