Pinzolo, the heart of the Val Rendena

Pinzolo San Vigilio Church
Pinzolo San Vigilio Church

The village of Pinzolo streches from one side to the other one of the valley, framed by the Dossone mountainsides westward, the Lancia peak northward, the Doss del Sabion eastward, and the Brenta Dolomites all around. Traditionally, the name of Pinzolo is linked to the Sarca river, that swept away the old village of Bolbeno with a flood: according to one version, the flood avoided only a “pinza” (corner) of that patch of land, according to another version only a “pin sol” (only a pine). Now, the village is made up by three hamlets: Baldino (the ancient center), Carera (the central part) and Ruina. In Pinzolo the first Italian Alpine Rescue Corp was founded in 1952.

San Vigilio church and Danza Macabra fresco

San Vigilio church dates back before the year one thousand and it is one of the most important building of Trentino. At the beginning it was only a chapel, then torn down and replaced with the present buiding with three naves supported by granite columns. Its most famous paintings are Danza Macabra and the Seven Capital Vices, frescoed by Simone Baschenis. Danza Macabra depicts tha Death dancing, in front of which all the people are the same; it is 21 meters long, with 40 figures and captions in vernacular that show the death warning to humankind.

The grinder monument and the emigrants path

The grinder monument
The grinder monument

Placed at the beginning of the village, the monument was realized in 1969 thanks to the offering of Rendena emigrants abroad. The monument is dedicated to the big emigration of Val Rendena grinders in the world, where they worked with their tools to grind blades and knives.
Moreover, there is the emigrants path, a singular pavement with 92 granite plates that shows the names of the countries and towns where the migrant workers went to.

Sant’Antonio di Mavignola

Sant’Antonio di Mavignola
Sant’Antonio di Mavignola

Hamlet of Pinzolo village, Sant’Antonio di Mavignola is located on a hill made by a heap of morainal debris of the post glacial ages. At the beginning many inhabitants were peasant families from Pinzolo, who in summer brought their livestock to those pastures, before reaching the alpine huts (“malghe”) at the highest altitudes. It seems that the first core of the village was in Milegna area, where now you can see the ancient farms dedicated to the mountain pasture.

Val Nambrone

Val Nambrone
Lago Scuro Val Nambrone

Rich in water and woods, Val Nambrone extends along about 9 kilometers in the south-east part of Presanella group, between Presanella massif and Monte Nambrone-Monte Serodoli ridge, which separates Val Nambrone from Campiglio valley. Val Nambrone has a glacial origin and it is crossed by Sarca di Nambrone river, which comes from the homonymous lake. The two orographical sides are asymmetric: the left one is steep, while the right one goes inside the heart of Presanella with the two valleys of Amola and Cornisello. The landscape is harsh and wild in the high part and in the valleys around it, while the low part has a luxuriant greenery and it is rich in water, with many rural settlements and alpine huts.

Valagola

Valagola
Valagola lake

It goes beyond the beautiful forest of Cantin, which has been kept as a virgin alpine wood. Coming out of the forest, you reach the grassy banks of the little lake of Valagola and the luxuriant fir forest. The peace of the lake embraces the majestic tops around it.

Val Genova

Cascate_Nardis_-_Val_Genova
Cascate Nardis Val Genova

The beautiful and wild Val Genova, a branched valley of Val Rendena placed in western Trentino, stretches through the heart of Adamello mountain, hidding ancient tales and a litlle bit of magic in its extraodinary nature. The valley is placed in the western part of Adamello Brenta Nature Park and, with its deep crack of glacial origin crossed by Sarca di Genova river, it separates the two mountain groups of Presanella northward and Adamello southward.

From Carisolo, the valley goes among steep slopes, broad-leaved and coniferous woods. At higher altitudes the valley becomes wider and, after 17 km, it ends in the spectacular circle of rock faces and glaciers that from Mandron, Lobbia e Lares go down to Bedole plain, The huge crystalline rocks were the setting in the second half of the nineteenth century of the first climbing expeditions on Trentino mountains and later of the first world war, fought between Italian and Austrian. Still today you can see a big war cannon, that was brought here by the alpine troops on Cresta Croce top (3313 mt) during the war.

Val Genova landscape is particularly rich in water and you can see the wonderful Lares and Nardis waterfalls. From Rendena valley you can go cycling along the whole Val Genova.

According to the legend, Val Genova is also the place of devils and witches, who lived in the most out-of-the-way and wild valley of Val Rendena in far-off times. It is said that, during Trento council, all the witches of the “Bishopric of Trento” had been sent away from the town and interned in the far Val Genova. There is who, still today, believes that in this valley something of magic and irrational sometimes happens…

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