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A bewitching oasis with an emerald lake at the foot of Brenta Dolomites


A bewitching oasis with an emerald lake at the foot of Brenta Dolomites


A small oasis with a crystal clear lake at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites, in the heart of Trentino region. Molveno lies at 864 m, his territory it is comprised in a natural area, the Adamello Brenta Natural Park, a park rich in flora and fauna, that is famous for the presence of the reserved brown bear, once extinct and now reintroduced into the park.

This small and exclusive location is surrounded by the mountains: on one side the Brenta Dolomites and on the other mount Paganella. Thanks to the emerald waters of Lake Molveno and the excellent position, the resort of Molveno has become a well known and loved holiday resort over the years.
A holiday at Molveno in the Brenta Dolomites means relax, sport and never-ending excitement!

The village centre
Molveno is a typical alpine village with typical alpine houses and its historical centre, grouped around the patronal church dedicated to St. Carlo Borromeo and the bell tower.
In the village centre you can observe some of the typical Trentino balconies which survived the great fire of 1921 that destroyed most of the village.
Some antique troughs have been transformed during the years into fountains.
In Molveno you will find also some antique buildings, such as Palazzo Saracini of the 17th century, residence of Count Saracini, now restored in the last years.

Lake Molveno
The largest natural alpine lake in Italy over an altitude of 800 meters. Lake Molveno is surrounded by the central chain of the Brenta Dolomites Group and by the Paganella-Gazza massif.
In the post-glacial era (3000 to 4000 years ago) an enormous landslide obstructed the valley and originated Lake Molveno. The lake is about 3.3 sq. km: 4.4 km long and 1.5 km wide with an average depth of 50 m, but in some points its depth reaches even 123 m. Lake Molveno is famous also for the clearness of its waters: up to 14 m of visibility. The waters of the lake hold a very rich flora, which is remained unchanged since its origins.

The northern part of lake Molveno is a beautiful green lawn with a path called “circumlacuale”. Here you will find a sports area: swimming pools, tennis courts, bowls, basket and volley ball courts, beach volley, kids’ play area and boat rental.
Along the extended perimeter of the lake (12 km) there are gorgeous walks, biking paths and many horse riding possibilities. In Lake Molveno is allowed fishing.

The Brenta Dolomites
From Molveno you can start for your excursions in the Brenta Dolomites, the fresh and clean air of this mountains will recharge your batteries and make you forget your everyday life. From the top of the mountains you will admire magical landscapes and breathtaking views. You can sleep in one of the hospitable mountain huts and the next day face up a wonderful via ferrata accompanied by an expert alpine guide in total safety.

The Pradel tableland
Pradel is a plateau, a vast area of meadows and woods near Molveno at a height between 1.350 and 1.540 m. This area was once dedicated by local people to the cultivation of wood and to animal farming. Nowadays the Pradel table land is known for its exceptional environmental value and most of its area is actually comprised in the Adamello Brenta Nature Park. It is a paradise for mountain lovers and an ideal starting point for hikers as it is the gate for the Brenta Dolomites Group.  
Pradel can be reached from Molveno with a comfortable lift in just a few minutes or by foot in just an hour.

On the Pradel plateau you can find two fascinating attractions: the Forest Park, an adventure Park for adults and for children, and the Educational Farm, where you can observe many animals (horses, sheeps, goats, pigs, cows, chickens) of the farm and learn more about them and the rural everyday life.


Trekking in Molveno
Molveno is an ideal starting point for a multitude of beautiful hikes.  
Some of the most well known and beautiful excursions ideal for the entire family are:
•    Molveno - Passo S.Giovanni - Canfedin, a series of very attractive paths that offer scenic views on Molveno Lakeand onto Brenta Dolomites; on this route you will also admire Garda Lake.  
•    Molveno -  Croz dell`Altissimo Refuge, an exciting path that starts from Pradel tableland and allows you to admire a splendid view over Val delle Seghe, the Cima Brenta and the famous Campanil Basso. Once reached the Croz dell’Altissimo Refuge you can refresh yourself and taste some local delicacies.

Mountain bike in Molveno

Molveno and the Paganella tableland is a paradise for bikers. It offers a wide range of well-signposted mountain bike routes for any level of difficulty.
There are many bike routes and cycle paths which bring you to the most amazing places: a relaxing bike ride around Molveno lake or a strong climb up the mountain to the Croz dell’Altissimo refuge, for those who are in search of a little more action.
Finally we cannot forget the fantastic Dolomiti di Brenta Bike, a new MTB circular route, to be done in more days in some stages, around the Brenta Dolomites and Adamello massifs, a dream for MTB lovers.

Boat and pedal boat rental
Lake Molveno offers a wide range of activities and emotions, among these: rent a rowing boat, a pedal boat or a motor boat and live the lake from its clear surface, admire the village of Molveno and the peaks of the Brenta Dolomites from the emerald waters of the Molveno lake.
Molveno lake is also the ideal place for surfing, canoeing and sailing boats.

Molveno lake is a paradise for hobby anglers, as it is a haven for a huge number of fresh water fishes. In its emerald and blue waters you can find tench, barbel, chub, bass, trout, char, carp and much more. Fishing is permitted also in lake Bior and in the Massò torrent.

If you love extreme adventure you have to try paragliding in the Brenta Dolomites, fly over the lake and admire the magical landscape from the sky. Molveno is considered one of the most enchanting and fascinating places to fly in.
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