Luserna

On the southern foothills of a broad plateau, located amidst Folgaria, Lavarone and Passo di Vezzana at 1,350 m - here you will find the village of Luserna.

The municipal territory of Luserna, inhabited by 300 citizens, is located at 1,350 m asl and is accessible via Lavarone via a well-constructed road within a few minutes. Many isolated hamlets, called “baite”, which means huts, belong to the municipality, the largest of which is the hamlet Bisele.

From a linguistic point of view, Luserna is a particular place: People of this village still speak Cimbrian, which is sort of Middle High German with Bavarian intonation. This language has been spoken for almost thousand years now at Luserna and environs. For this reason Luserna itself is called “Kamous vo Lusern” in Cimbrian language.

The Province of Trento sustains upkeeping of this culture of this language with different initiatives such as a weekly Cimbrian page in the daily local newspaper as well as news broadcasts on regional private TV channels. Moreover at Luserna, located high above the Astico valley which is part of Veneto, there is a documentation centre for the Cimbrian language, which has once been spoken on the entire high plateau.

Skiing is the main winter activity, as the “skitour dei Forti” and the ski carousel Skirama Dolomiti is only a stone’s throw away from the village. The cycling trail “100 km die Forti”, however, passes by the village in summertime and is really popular with cyclers. Scenic landscapes, alpine pastures, passes and meadows, forests and fortresses make cyclers’ hearts leap for joy on this tour. A real challenge for cyclers in this area is the Monterovere trail, a narrow and rather steep asphalted road to a pass, taking you across unlit tunnels, but offering a great view on the Valsugana valley and Lake Caldonazzo.

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