The lakes of Trentino

Eleonora Ruzzenenti | Live the World

November 23, 2022

Located at the northern end of Italy, on the border with Austria and Switzerland, Trentino Alto Adige is one of the best known Italian regions for the beauty of its natural environments. Its territory extends from the Adamello-Brenta group and from the peaks of Ortles and Cevedale to the most suggestive summits in Europe: the Dolomites of Val di Fassa, Brenta, Val Gardena, Val di Fiemme. This scenery has an extraordinary variety of landscapes: majestic peaks, forests, vast valleys, watercourses, lakes, an enchanting play of lights among the spires of the Dolomites, the typical villages with the tall bell towers and the thousand shades of the authentic untouched nature. An extensive range of ski areas with hundreds of kilometers of slopes makes the region the vanguard of winter tourism: Madonna di Campiglio, Canazei, Moena and San Martino di Castrozza are some of the most renowned destinations, both frequented in winter and summer for an holiday full of nature, sport and fun. Fascinating land of passage and meeting point between the Latin and the Nordic world, Trentino Alto Adige keeps a considerable cultural heritage: prehistoric evidences, charming castles, shrines and typical villages full of history and art. Various hot springs resorts offer treatments and thermal packages: Merano, Lévico Terme, Peio, Rabbi and Comano Terme, just to name the most famous. Trentino offers a picturesque scenery, spectacular, enchanted valleys , but not only, Trentino Alto Adige is also the lakes region, wonderful water mirrors surrounded by an all-natural artistic masterpiece, the Dolomites. All the lakes of Trentino show unbelievable charm: clear waters, intact natural environments, a thousand sport opportunities, traditions to discover, unique atmospheres and typical flavors. From the valley floor waters to the half-mountain lakes, up to the alpine lakes, set in the mountains. You will be spoiled for choice!!

When some 10,000 years ago majestic glaciers were moving across the valleys, the biggest inland water of Italy was formed. 4 km wide in the north and 17 km in the south, Lake Garda covers an area of 370 km², a length of 52 km and a depth of up to 350 m. Only the most northern part with the villages Nago, Torbole and Riva del Garda however belong to the Trentino region. A lovely promenade actually connects the villages and invites for relaxing walks along the sunny northern shore of Lake Garda. From the very first moment you will feel the Mediterranean atmosphere gently mingling with the fresh Alpine climate. Because here you are in between high mountains (some of them reach altitudes of more than 2,000 m) and nevertheless there are colourful olive and lemon trees growing all over the area. This is also the reason why this part of lake Garda is so popular with hikers, climbers and mountain bikers alike. Moreover, it is also the perfect venue for windsurfers and sailors. Ideal wind strengths and conditions render the northern part of Lake Garda a true paradise for them!

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