Valle di Non and Predaia
The wonderful Val di Non valley, land of the only PDO apple in Italy, offers a holiday for sport enthusiasts, families and nature lovers and unveils its most hidden secrets among canyons and lakes, castles, museums and sanctuaries.
The Val di Non valley is famous not only for its delicious apples, but also for the many canyons and waterfalls you can admire following the beautiful and adventurous hiking trails.
If you love water sports, this territory is rich in streams and lakes, like Lake Santa Cristina and Lake Tovel in the nature reserve Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta, and the Noce stream is perfect for practicing rafting.
The best holiday in Val di Non is the one spent in the outdoors. If you love mountain biking, you have 7 different routes to choose from and the exciting loop trail Dolomiti di Brenta Bike, whereas if you prefer easy walks with the whole family you will surely appreciate the trails 12 Percorsi d’Anaunia.
Other sports like golf, tennis and bocce can be practiced in the well-equipped leisure facilities of the area.
In winter, the Predaia plateau and the cross-country skiing center of Malosco offer to all those who love this sport wonderful trails right at the feet of the mountain groups Maddalene and Brenta Dolomites, but if your favorite activity is snowshoeing, you can’t miss the Ciaspolada, a snowshoeing race taking place every year.
Children have a lot of fun in Val di Non too, with the many exciting activities offered in the Predaia Park and in Nevelandia.
All this activity on the snow has wiped you out and now you want to relax? The local wellness centers offer a wide range of beauty treatments and massages, like the special massage with Renetta apples.
Val di Non is the area of Trentino with the highest castle density, and the most beautiful and famous are Thun Castle, Valer Castle and Basso Castle, now Visitors Center of the nature reserve of Altaguarda. The valley has also many important hermitages and sanctuaries, like the San Romedio Sanctuary in San Zeno, and there are even dedicated theme routes to visit them (for example the Sentieri del Cielo).
If you want to know more about the ancient history and traditions of this valley, the best way is to visit the many museums and the Gothic buildings of Casez hamlet.
This wonderful valley has also a rather tasty side, thanks to its many high quality products, many of which you can try in the restaurants located along the Strada della Mela e dei Sapori della Val di Non e di Sole: the apples, the Grana Trentino cheese, the smoked mortandela (a cold meat) and delicious desserts like the bredzel.
An easy yet very nice hike along a rocky path in an old 19 century irrigation channel. A perfect chance for small and big hikers to explore the territory.
The Sanctuary of San Romedio is one of the most peculiar not only of Trentino but of the whole Europe, attracting every year visitors from all over the world. The trail starts in fron of the museum Museo Retico di Sanzeno and winds through colorful orchards and fresh woods, right to the rocky canyon of San Romedio. From here the route follows the ancient irrigation channel which leads to the wooden staircase of the sanctuary.
Thun Castle, imposing Middle Age stronghold rising on the top of a hill in the Val di Non valley, is partly open to visitors. Don't miss the chance to walk along its elegantly furnished halls!
The castle is a wonderful Middle Age building owned until not long ago by the Thun family, and now property of the Autonomous Province of Trento.
Rising at the top of a hill, the imposing stronghold is protected by high walls with ramparts, towers and a drawbridge (the castle is surrounded by a moat).
After eighteen restorations, Thun Castle is open to visitors since 2010.