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e-borghi travel 5, Landscapes and villages: Alp Cimbrian: Strongholds, tracks and ancient tastes

It’s an ancient border land. The Cimbrian Alps is an area of Trentino, it’s an area of the Alps that tells about its ancient origins. It’s a charming territory because of its natural heritage and because of its history as well as its villages and traditions. Folgaria, Lusèrn and Lavarone are the main tiles of a mosaic which is featured by beautiful alpine villages, one of the widest mountain pastures of Europe that can perfectly put together all the different characteristics to offer many attractions and activities to the tourists from all over the world like the biking, the trekking and the alpine skiing. The Cimbrian Alps is also a place of old traditions and culture where the wonders of nature like the lake Lavarone and the Hofentol waterfalls match the local food products like the speck, the cheese, the honey and all the typical products that deserve to be tasted in the alpine huts or in the restaurants. Folgaria, Lavarone and Lusèrn Folgaria, Lavarone and Lusèrn are the main villages of the Cimbrian Alps. They are perfect for a Summer holiday, Folgaria is one of the oldest communities of Trentino featured by a lively historical centre where you can walk along the avenue sided by beautiful shops and locals where you can stop for a tasty break. Lavarone is a romantic village, it overlooks the lake and it was awarded with the European Blue Flag in 2017. In the past it was the favourite destination of some important people like the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph and the neurologist- therapist Sigmund Freud. The culture and the traditions feature the nice village of Lusèrn where the house-museum “Haus Von Prükk” stands out, it was born after the restoration of a typical ancient farmhouse dating back to the 19th century. A stop in Guardia can’t be missed, the coloured houses with their painted external walls are very characteristic as well as the huge fortified constructions on the highlands. Potato polenta and speck These tastes are filled with history and traditions. The cheese, the speck, the honey and the beer are only a part of the many delicacies from this area. The Vèzzena cheese was particularly appreciated by the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph, it has a bitter taste and a soft texture and it’s produced in the mountain huts on the highlands. It was once used to season the soups and the “canederli” and it is now guaranteed by the Protected Denomination of Origin. There’s also the tasty speck, the salt meat, the mushrooms and the honey to which the Cimbrian Alps have even dedicated a museum then there’s the strudel and the Zelten that can’t be forgotten. A speciality from this area is the potato polenta which is made of mushed potatoes that are filled with butter, onion and the grated cheese, it is generally served with the meat cooked in the oven, a lot of sauce or with another typical dish which is the Tonco del Pontesel, a stew of different types of meat and the sausages that were once once left on the windowsills that were called “pontesel” in the local dialect. If you fancy tasting the best from the local cuisine don’t miss a stop at the restaurant Coe in Folgaria or at the alpine hut Malga Campo of Lusèrn or at the chalet Tana Incantata of Lavarone. Baby trekking and culture The Cimbrian lands are the heaven of tracks lovers, the ideal destination for all kinds of backpackers for all levels of difficulty. There’s a wide range of tracks for all difficulties that go up to the pastures, in the forests or reach the Mount Vigolana, the Pasubio and the Becco di Filadonna. There’s also a wide range of proposals for the families like the new Baby Tracks in Folgaria, Lavarone and Lusérn where the pushchairs are welcome or there are many theme tracks that offer tourists the possibility to discover the history, the culture, the nature and the legends of this area: for instance you can walk along the Track of Imaginary in Lusèrn or along the trail of the Bear. In Lavarone there are the Trees’ Breathing and the Sources’ Track. In Folgaria there is the water track along the old mills and the sawmills then there’s also the Track of Wildlife and the Track of the Biotype of Echen. You can’t miss the track along the Wolf’s gorge, it’s a long trench mountain ridge excavated in the high rocks spread with slots, observation points and caves overlooking the cliffs and the slopes in front of Pasubio. The heaven of cyclists It doesn’t matter if you are using your own bicycle or if you are renting one, it’s the most used transport here: a big network of cycle routes feature this area of Trentino. From Lavarone along the lake’s banks to Lusèrn up to Folgaria there are plenty of cycle lanes that can match everyone’s tastes, the professional cyclists and the families. A wide network of routes enables you to go deep into the nature and the landscapes surrounded by history and culture. The routes leading to lake Garda and the Asiago highland make the Cimbrian Alps a unique place which is also near some beautiful places outside the region. The routes of Millegrobbe, Nicolussi, Val di Gola, Passo Sommo and the Lavarone fortresses are just a few in this heaven of cyclists.

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