Hike to the St Lawrence Hermitage

A particular walking tour through the Val di Sella leads to the San Lorenzo Hermitage and Mt Armentera (1,500 m asl).

It is a sunny day in April and our walk will lead us through the spring landscape of the Valsugana. By car we reach Borgo Valsugana, we proceed towards the Val di Sella and about 8 km later we arrive at the Hotel Legno where we leave our car and start the walk.

We walk along the path no. SAT 210, a forest path through meadows and woods in the Val di Croce valley. Soon the path leads us along the rocks at an altitude of 1,120 m asl., an exciting adventure for young and old.

The path proceeds up to a small hill, to the so-called “St Lawrence Hermitage” at 1,185 m asl. The small hermitage consists of a small chapel and a small building in which the hermit lived. Normally the building is locked up but today we are lucky because the guard who’s family looks after the Hermitage for already 150 years is on-site and invites us to come in. Delightful frescoes decorate the walls, this place really has a very special atmosphere.

After a short refreshment we start on our way towards the Monte Armentera peak. Therefore we walk back to the path at the rocks and then proceed towards Monte Armentera through the forest . The path leads steep upwards until a clearing and an amazing panoramic view across the Valsugana welcomes us. We proceed up and after a really steep section we reach the summit cross.

Now we really deserve a rest, here we eat our lunch and enjoy the gorgeous view. Then our way back can start. We walk along the slope and the path becomes a bit more difficult. Up and down, some spots are quite exposed. We reach a crossing and walk further through the Val Viscera valley again down to the bottom of the valley to reach our starting point.

Author: EC

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

Starting point: Hotel Legno (parking space)
Signpost: SAT 210
Walking time: 3 - 4 hours
Altitude difference: 800 m
Suitable for families? Yes, until the Hermitage small children can be carried in the baby carrier. Not suitable for push chairs.
Experienced in: April 2011

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