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9 Best Things To Do In Paganella

Home to the Brenta Dolomites, Paganella is one of 16 districts in the province of Trentino. It’s probably most well known for its busy ski resorts during the winter months.

However, this beautiful area has lots on offer out of the ski season, including exploring the stunning landscape of mountains, lakes and forests.

There are some great trails for hiking and mountain biking, which offer spectacular views of the surrounding scenery.

In addition, there are lots of water activities to enjoy, including canoeing and boat rides, on the impressive Lake Molveno.

So here are 9 amazing things to do in Paganella that you cannot miss!

1. Trekking

One of the most popular things to do in Paganella!

The majority of tourists that head to Trentino are there for two things – the lakes and the Dolomites!

So trekking the Dolomites is a huge bucket list tick, and also one that is relatively cheap once you’re in the area.

We trekked route 304 from Molveno to the Brenta Dolomites. This was a short (just one hour each way) but beautiful trek and it was a day we’ll never forget.

Starting with breathtaking views back on Molveno, the lake and the Paganella mountain range, route 340 lived up to all expectations.

If trekking is not your thing, The Heart of the Dolomites: Private Full-Day Tour by Car takes you in comfort to all the very best spots in the Dolomites.

Dolomites Trekking Molveno To Brenta Dolomites Trek
Molveno To Brenta Dolomites Trek

2. Lago Di Molveno

It’s not difficult to see why Lago Di Molveno is voted one of the best lakes in Trentino.

Spanning 4.5 km in length and 1.5 km in width, Lago Di Molveno is the largest alpine lake located above an altitude of 800m.

This lake is one of the most popular things to do in Paganella in summer, amongst both locals and tourists, due to its incredible blue colours and lengthy stretches of beaches.

Plenty of activities are available both on and off the lake. Those on the lake range from stand up paddle boarding, to canoeing and electric boat rides.

Then you have the surrounding areas which include a wild golf course, pump track and the extremely popular Acquapark.

In addition you can take a walk around the outskirts of Lago Di Molveno. Taking roughly two and a half hours it’s definitely worth the effort, just to witness the backdrop of the Dolomites from so many different angles!

Lago Di Molveno Lake Molveno Paganella Lake
Lago Di Molveno Paganella

3. Cima Paganella

Cima Paganella, which translates to ‘Top of Paganella’, is the peak of the Paganella region.

Standing at 2,125 metres, Cima Paganella gives a 360 degree panoramic view over the peaks of Trentino.

From the very top you can view the whole region and see places such as the Brenta Dolomites, Lake Garda and all the surrounding cute Italian towns.

The main focal point of the mountain top, apart from the views, is Rifugio La Roda. This hearty Italian restaurant, serves up locally sourced foods with the beautiful dolomites as its backdrop.

There is also a weather station, recognised by the World Meteorological Organisation, at the top of Cima Paganella that supports the study and analysis of our climate.

With a restaurant, treks, and wild views it’s a ‘must add’ to your things to do in Paganella list.

Cima Paganella Mountain Trentino Paganella Viewpoint
Cima Paganella Viewpoint

4. Sentiero Delle Aquile

Sentiero Delle Aquile, also known as the Eagle Trail, is one of the most popular walks at the top of Cima Paganella.

The Sentiero Delle Aquile path is pretty straight forward once you hop off the cable cars at the top. The trail guides you around the edge of the mountains, and gives you some of the best views across the neighbouring peaks.

We spent the afternoon stopping for photos and taking in the views. During the time we were up there, we only passed a couple of other people. So it was a pretty peaceful afternoon!

The trek takes roughly 1 hour 30 minutes to reach the Eagle Plaque. However please bear in mind this is one way. You must return using the same path, so allow for 3 hours in total.

Sentiero Delle Aquile Trek Paganella Trentino Eagle Trail
Sentiero Delle Aquile Trek Paganella

5. Forest Bathing

Not the kind of bathing you’re expecting!

In Italy ‘forest bathing’ consists of walking through the tall tree forests. Simply bathing in the nature and the beauty.

Forest Bathing is spending time in a forest to reduce stress and feel a sense of wellbeing. It originated in Japan, where it is called shinrin-yoku, and it is now one of the cornerstones of Japanese healthcare. Wikipedia probably explains it better as ‘Nature Therapy’.

So we took a walk one afternoon through one of the forests close to our hotel, Solea Boutique & Spa Hotel, and it’s fair to say we came out feeling pretty refreshed!

There are many forests in and around Paganella so we can recommend trying some ‘forest bathing’. Just relax and take in the smells, sounds and feels of the incredible Trentino nature!

If you are anything like us, you will be surprised at how good you feel after this activity.

Forest Bathing Trentino Forests Paganella
Forest Bathing in Paganella Trentino

6. Castel Belfort

Originally built in 1311, Castel Belfort is now partial ruins of what once protected these areas.

Just a 10 minute drive from Fai Della Paganella, or a 15 minute drive from Andalo, the Castle itself is accessible directly from the main road.

From the original building itself, only the exterior stone walls have been preserved until today. Metal walkways have sympathetically been built amongst the ruins to allow you to access the building safely and enjoy the different levels.

Furthermore, the views looking out over the surrounding towns a countryside are quite beautiful.

Castel Belfort is still an impressive building and worth stopping at for a photo when passing.

Castel Belfort Spormaggiore Castle Belfort
Castel Belfort Spormaggiore

7. Spend A Night In The Dolomites

So, when we were told we’d be ‘spending a night in the Dolomites’ we weren’t quite sure what to expect. 

However, Rifugio La Montanara is one of the most magical places we’ve ever been lucky enough to stay in! Think of opening your window, or walking out onto your balcony, to a real life painting.

This cosy, alpine mountain lodge in the Altopiano del Pradel, sits in the midst of the Brenta Dolomites and is a little piece of heaven.

The perfect place switch off and relax, enjoy nature and the silence of the surrounding mountains.

With fantastic hospitality, incredible food and a view to die for – spending a night in the Dolomites is an absolute must on your things to do in Paganella list!

Dolomites Rifugio La Montanara Molveno
Rifugio La Montanara Molveno

8. Lunch At A Rifugio

The word Rifugio translates in English as ‘shelter’. Which is essentially what they are.

Traditional Rifugios were generally accessible only by foot, and intended to provide food and shelter to mountaineers, climbers and hikers.

A place to stay when the road got too tough, or weather conditions prevented them from carrying on.

However nowadays most of the Rifugios in Paganella have been transformed into homely restaurants, whilst still upholding their unique interior lay out.

These cosy, family run mountain huts serve up some of the freshest food around. Now making them a tourist attraction and one of the top things to do in Paganella!

Our favourite of the huts we stopped at was definitely Rifugio La Roda located at Cima Paganella.

Rifugio La Roda Cima Paganella
Rifugio La Roda Cima Paganella

9. Eat Local

Trentino food is tasty and authentic, based on traditional recipes and local produce.

Potato cakes, canederli (bread balls) and polenta are typical of the hearty local food on offer, along with beef stews, sausages and melted cheese. 

However, although pizza originates from Naples, how can you take a trip to Italy without feasting on their famous dough!

We ate our fair share of pizzas whilst travelling through Paganella, however Pizzico at Lago Di Molveno had to be our favourite.

If you’re looking for somewhere to treat yourself to a giant pizza, at a great price, all pizzas at Pizzico range from €6 – €10!

Tucking into pizza or any of the local delicacies, has to be the final tick on our things to do in Paganella list.

Pizza at Pizzico Molveno Lago Di Molveno
Pizza at Pizzico Molveno Lago Di Molveno

Where To Stay In Paganella

Luxury

Solea Boutique & Spa Hotel

Solea Boutique & Spa Hotel is located in Fai della Paganella in Adamello Brenta Natural Park.

The hotel has one of the best wellness centres in Paganella.

It also has a traditional restaurant and free WiFi. 

The bedrooms feature many luxuries, such as a balcony, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and a stylish courtesy set.

Mid-Budget

Rifugio La Montanara

Rifugio La Montanara is immersed in the mountains and set 0.6 miles from Lake Molveno.

It offers guests an Italian-style breakfast and rustic accommodation with a fireplace. 

Each room is complete with a wardrobe and hardwood floors. Also, most rooms feature an incredible mountain view balcony.

Budget

Montanara Chalet

Montanara Chalet in Fai della Paganella offers accommodation, a garden, barbecue facilities and a terrace. 

Each unit comes with a balcony, a fully equipped kitchen, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom.

A ski equipment rental service, ski-to-door access and a ski pass sales point are all offered at the apartment too.

For more places to stay in Paganella, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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