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A hike through the Lessinia Regional Natural Park
The lusciously green Lessinia Regional Natural Park is blessed with a rich ecosystem and some truly jaw-dropping vistas — making it the perfect location for hiking tours and a range of outdoor pursuits.
Characterized by its rich pastures, spectacular mountains, and an array of flora and fauna, this area of natural beauty covers more than 10,000 hectares of land. Lessinia Regional Natural Park is home to deer, marmots, foxes, and golden eagles — making it the ideal hiking location for nature lovers.
The history of Lessinia Regional Natural Park
Settled by the Cimbri people during the 13th century, this culturally rich part of Italy boasts a wealth of history and important landmarks. Ancient churches and monasteries litter the landscape, and stunning examples of classical European architecture can be found at every turn. Boscochiesanuova, Contrada Laorno, and Bosco Chiesanuova host a wealth of historical buildings and attractions — making this Italian hiking tour one of the most popular in Europe right now.
Stunning areas of natural beauty
Stretching from Veronese Province to Trento, this part of the Italian pre-Alps boasts mountain ranges, sheer cliff faces, cavernous valleys, lusciously green pastures, and a myriad of ancient settlements. If you like hiking in the Alps or classic winter activities, this region of Italy has everything you could possibly need.
The foothills and hilly areas of Lessinia are home to olive plantations, cherry plantations, and dozens of productive vineyards. Head towards the mid-mountain areas, and you’ll come across some of the towns and villages that give this region of Italy its unique ambience. Hike above 1200 meters, and you’ll hit the so-called High Pastures and Eastern Peaks, which are covered in swaths of fir and beech forests.
Hikes in Italy don’t get much more diverse and challenging than those that run through the Lessinia Regional Naural Park. If you’re looking for an Alpine walking holiday that will test your endurance but reward you with the very best Mother Nature has to offer, this is the perfect option.
Whether you want to immerse yourself in Italy’s rich and varied culture or walk away from civilization for a few days during the summer, Italian hikes in the Lessinia region have everything. Just don’t forget to bring a few essential items for your trip.
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*This tour is based on a minimum of two participants. Only the services mentioned above are included in the price. Single travellers should expect to pay an extra fee for single rooms in hotels. Luggage transfer is only available for two or more participants.
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This is an example of a hike in this region of Italy. Your final itinerary may be different depending on the availability of rooms at the time of your booking.
Total distance: 33.5 km
H+: 1380 m
H-: 1260 m
Level: Easy to medium.
Day 1: Boscochiesanuova - Contrada Laorno
The first day of your Alpine hiking tour begins with a brief welcome meeting in Boscochiesanuova. We will talk you through what to expect during your Lessinia hiking experience, and issue you with all your official documentation, maps, and equipment.
We like to ease our way into challenging Italian walking holidays, which is why the first leg of our tour entails a relatively brief 1.5-hour uphill hike to the quaint village of Laorno. You’ll have to check out the local architecture and the village’s brewery — where you’ll get the opportunity to sample a few local beers and delicacies. You’ll then head to our accommodation for a relaxing dinner and debriefing.
Length: 5 km
Duration: 1.5 hours
H+: 240 m
Day 2: Contrada Laorno - Località Castelberto
After a breakfast of local delicacies with fresh local produce, you set out for a pleasant four-mile hike along one of Lessinia’s most picturesque walking paths. Our route takes you along the border that separates Trentino and Veneto, which is one of the region’s most historically rich areas. Along the way, you’ll have a little time to take in the breathtaking views of Monte Baldo, Lake Garda, Val d’Adige, and the imposing peaks of Trentino. We’ll continue through the pleasant pastures and meadows before arriving at Castelberto.
The eye-catching Castelburto is a reconstruction of a First World War military installation that stands amidst a series of remains and trenches created during the conflict. This is where you’ll spend the evening — surrounded by jaw-dropping mountain ranges, local wildlife, and centuries of history. This is also the perfect place to enjoy a dinner of local delicacies, fine wines, and friendly conversation.
Length: 13 km
Duration: 4 hours
H+: 700 m
H- 100 m
Location Castelberto - Dardo Alpine Hut
The third day of this stunning Alpine walking tour begins with a hearty breakfast of classic Italian delicacies. You then set off for an initial 30-minute walk that takes us straight to the huts of Lessinia. You’ll then be treated to a demonstration of the ancient mountain milk and cheese production processes.
After learning the finer points of Italian cheese-making, you’ll continue our Alpine hike with a short 90-minute hike to the Dardo refuge — a charming Lessinian paradise that is home to some of the finest Veneto delicacies, wines, and customs. We believe the best way to experience this wondrous place is at your leisure, surrounded by the smells, sights, and sounds of the area and its stunning mountainous backdrop. Spend the evening sampling some of Italy’s most famous delicacies, including a range of risotto dishes, ricotta and spinach dumplings, gnocchi, and lasagne. And wash it all down with a glass or three of the region’s most wonderful, locally produced wines.
Length: 7.5 km
Duration: 2 hours
H+: 90 m
H-: 400 m
Day 4: Dardo Alpine Hut - Ongar Small Village
The last full day of hiking in the Alps begins with another tasty and satisfying breakfast. You then set out on the famous E5 path, which takes us through rich forestland and a series of pastures. Connecting Venice to Brittany, this world-famous walking trail delivers another selection of breathtaking vistas, so don’t forget your camera.
After a leisurely three-hour Alpine walk, you arrive at a picturesque settlement that dates back to the 1700s. While the surroundings are ancient and rich in local history, the facilities within them are modern and well-appointed. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. Take a dip in the swimming pool or enjoy a well-earned pampering session in the spa. Your day ends with another decadent dinner in the Lenci Tre pizzeria restaurant and a final night in this beautiful region of Italy.
Length: 7.5 km
Duration: 3 hours
H+: 350 m
H-: 560 m
Day 5: Ongar Village - Bosco Chiesanuova
It’s time to say farewell to us, new friends, and this spectacular region of the pre-Alps. But before you depart, another bounteous breakfast awaits. A short and picturesque stroll of around 500 meters then takes you to the pretty village of Bosco Chiesanuova.