vallagarina di sera in autunno da castel beseno fr
vallagarina di sera in autunno da castel beseno fr

Along the Art Trail to Castel Beseno

From Rovereto to the ruins of the mighty Beseno Fortress following the traces of the scarcely known cultural treasures of the Vallagarina valley.

We start our autumn hike on the Art Trail (Percorso dell'Arte) in front of the Art Museum MART in Rovereto. Walking out of the town towards north (Corso Bettini, Via Driopozzo, Via Donizetti) we reach the city forest (Bosco della Città), a recreational area on a forest hill. On the Dos de Gardole Path we continue our walk downhill to the village of Volano with its old alleys and beautiful palazzi decorated with murals. At the northern end of Volano there's the small St. Roch Church (San Rocco), a real art monument, from where we ascend to the Dos dei Ovi and further on through the wine-growing region to the Finonchio mountain road.

At one of its bends the Percorso Arte (Art Trail) branches off towards east. This forest path leads us past the spring of Albiolo to the beautiful Castel Pietra with the eponymous pizzeria beneath it where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon we continue our hike through the forest uphill into the valley of the Rio Cavallo brook. On the heights of Dietrobeseno we change to the other side of the valley and follow the trail to Castel Beseno, the largest Medieval fortress of the historic Tyrol.

After a visit of this amazing castle we descend on the Sentiero del Gac path to Calliano where we take the bus back to Rovereto. With almost 15 km it's a day filling hike, perfect for autumn when the forests and vineyards shine in bright autumnal colours and the temperatures are mild.

Author: AT

difficulty: moderate theme trail
  • Starting point:
    Rovereto, Corso Bettini (MART)
  • Time required:
    04:45 h
  • Track length:
    16,6 km
  • Altitude:
    from 190 m to 416 m a.m.s.l.
  • Altitude difference:
    +628 m | -619 m
  • Route:
    Rovereto - Bosco della Città - Volano - Castel Pietra - Dietrobeseno - Castel Beseno - Calliano
  • Signposts:
    Percorso dell'Arte
  • Destination:
    Calliano
  • Resting points:
    La Rocca di Castel Pietra
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

If you want to do this hike, we suggest you to check the weather and trail conditions in advance and on site before setting out.

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