cembra segonzano escursione
cembra segonzano escursione

Circular autumn hike in the Cembra valley

The tour across the forests and extended vineyards covering the landscape between the villages of Cembra takes us to Faver and Segonzano, with a side trip to the famous earth pyramids.

On a sunny November day, we start our round tour in the neat historical centre of the village of Cembra. We walk along the footpath paralleling the road SS 612, leading towards the neighbouring village of Faver. At the northern exit of the village, we follow the signpost E5 towards Segonzano. This route corresponds to the last stage of the so-called “Sentiero del Dürer” (Dürer path), on which the artist experienced Italy in his journey. The way down we walk through the typical terraced vineyards and across the autumn leaflet forest to the valley basin, where the bridge “Ponte di Cantilaga” traverses the Avisio river. On the other side of the valley, the path leads upwards again, we follow the signpost to the ruin of the Castello di Segonzano castle. From this place, a steep path contiunes to the Contade di Segonzano. Past the church of Stedro, we walk to the famous earth pyramids.

Those who come to Segonzano should not miss these geological masterpieces of nature, as these earth pillars are considered the most beautiful ever. After having visited the earth pyramids of group 2 and 1, we continue to the lower parking space and follow the road SP71 to Segonzano. Short before we reach the village, we take the forested path on the left, leading to Piazzo. Past the little village we walk further down and traverse the bridge over the Avisio river. Right after the bridge, we take the left path along the riverside. After 700 m, the path proceeds to Cembra, where our walk ends. To sum up, the yellow vineyards, contrasting the blue sky and the green forests, provide a special feeling to this area and the visit to the natural monument of the earth pillars is really worth it.

Please note: this walk is best to be done from spring to autumn, but is not recommendable on hot summer days. The visit of the earth pillars is subject to a little fee.

Author: AT

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Cembra (centre)
Route: Cembra - Faver - Ponte Cantilaga - Segonzano castle ruin - Stedro - Piramidi - Piazzo - Cembra (about 2/3 of the route is asphalted, short sections need to be walked on the narrow roadside)
Signposts: SS 612, E5, Sentiero del Dürer, Piramidi, SP 71, SP 3
Distance: approx. 12.5 km
Walking time: approx. 4 hours
Altitude difference: approx. 590 m
Altitude level: between 480 and 845 m asl
Experienced in: November 2013

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