Dawn in “malga” among the waterfalls of Val Genova

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Not far from Madonna di Campiglio there is a place rich of impetuous waterfalls and mountain streams: the Val Genova. The entrance to the kingdom of the glaciers of the Presanella and Adamello since the nineteenth century, with its scenery molded by the powerful action of the ice and the river Sarca, has fascinated explorers like the Englishman Douglas Freshfield who called it the “Versailles of Italy”.


The origin of its name is still shrouded in mystery: according to some legends may derive from the Latin word, “genus”, knee because of its shape like a hook, other popular beliefs maintain that it comes from “Janua” or door between the known world of the Val Rendena and the unknown woods. In some documents of 1200, it is named as “zenua” which in local language means land full of water.

Upstream of the town of Carisolo the Val Genova, 22 km long, is a paradise of biodiversity populated by different species of fauna and studded with forests of beech, fir and larch trees that are rooted in tonalite, a magmatic rock that allowing water to flow forming thus the numerous streams that run in the valley.

No country disturbs the quiet of the valley and the man is just visiting because the few houses that are encountered are inhabited during the summer.

Because of its morphological characteristics it has become a symbol of the Adamello-Brenta Park and, as a protected environment, is closed to traffic and served by shuttle buses that depart from the neighboring countries and meander up to the Plain of Bedole where start the itineraries at high altitude to the glaciers of the Presanella.

You can cross the valley on foot or by bicycle (, following the “Path of the Falls”: the most famous falls are those of Nardis, among the highest in the Trentino, which flow from the granite rocks in a spectacular dive of 130 meters.

Visiting the Val Genova the families will have the possibility to try the experience of “Sunrise at Malga” initiative which, in the summer, every weekend, allows not only to witness the birth of a new day, but also to learn about the ancient world of the herdsman ( In Trentino, in fact, are more than 400 the alpine pastures actives in the summer months, 170 produce about 70,000 tons of milk a year, and of these 96 produce cheeses.

The Caret Malga, 1418 meters in Val Genova, it was taken over by Laura and Enrico, who have 90 milk goats and produce fresh and aged cheeses.

Their products, along with bacon, honey, jams and fresh milk, are served in the abundant breakfast given by near Edelweiss Hut and also in the menu of Refuge Bedole owned by the Collini family: “My grandfather Mello was born here in 1890 – says grandson Adamello Collini – and in wartime gave shelter to fugitives for this reason he was captured in 1944 and deported to the death camp of Mauthausen where he died in 1945”.

More details on the history and geologic wonders of the Genova Valley can be discovered in the House Park “Geopark” in Carisolo (

Among the fauna of the place there are the trout of the Sarca, that not only you can fish (, but also taste, along with a glass of wine Nosiola, in restaurants as the Mildas in Giustino.

Following the flow of the river from Val Genova we arrived to Val Rendena, bucolic and welcoming land, which offers tourists countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Staying in cottages, as the “Casa al Campo” in Giustino, sports enthusiasts can follow the cycle pedestrian route that crossing the village of Pinzolo (

If you have the possibility try the bicycle with pedal assistance useful for those looking to enjoy the landscape and its beauties as the church of St. Stephen, in Pinzolo, famous for its frescoes by Simone Baschenis, author of the “Dance of Death” painted in 1539 in the nearby church of San Vigilio.

Lastly wellness lovers can relax experiencing the treatments proposed in Caderzone ( and fully enjoy the authenticity of the territory, savoring dishes served in cottages as Baite di Pra in Val Borzago, characterizing this pristine corner of Trentino.

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