Home to the largest lake that sits fully in Trentino, the Sugana Valley has plenty of activities on offer. So here are 9 amazing things to do in Valsugana!
1. Lago Di Caldonazzo
An incredibly sized lake, with plenty to do for visitors of any age! Making it top of the things to do in Valsugana list!
Spanning across 5 km in length, and 1.87 km in width, Lago Di Caldonazzo is the largest lake in Trentino. Many people think of Lake Garda as the largest, however Garda does not entirely belong to the Trentino region.
With plenty of activities to take part in such as; canoeing, sailing, wind surfing, water skiing, diving, swimming, rowing and camping there’s something for all the family!
2. Trek Cima Vezzena (Pizzo Di Levico)
Cima Vezzena, aka Pizzo Di Levico, is the number one spot to see the stunning views of Valsugana Valley and more from 1908m high.
The trek is an easy, flat gravelled trail leading up to a 1908 metre peak. Towards the start of the trek, you pass through some shaded forest. However, after this you will be directly beneath the sun so don’t forget your sunscreen.
It takes roughly 1.5 hours to reach the amazing panoramic views from the top, but the views are totally worth it!
If trekking’s your thing then this must be added to your things to do in Valsugana list.
3. Arte Sella
Inspiring artwork created through the use of nature, displayed in it’s natural habitat!
Arte Sella is an international exhibition of contemporary art, born in 1986, which takes place in open air fields, in the woods of Val di Sella.
The artworks on display are mostly 3D designs, made by artists flown in from around the world. Many of the artists do not charge for their time as it’s such a privilege to showcase their work on the Arte Sella grounds!
Also when the exhibition closes, many of the artworks are left in the woods, where they can take part in the life-cycle. While others are placed into museums, art galleries or show rooms in Italy or abroad.
If you’re looking for something to fuel your inner adrenaline junky, this is it!
We hurled ourselves from Vetriolo Terme, at 1500m, with the awesome team at Fly Tandem Valsugana.
Manuel and Luca truly looked after us and made us feeling right at home, even though we couldn’t have been further from our beds!
Soaring above the trees of Valsugana, with incredible views of the turquoise lakes below, will be a morning we’ll remember for a long time.
5. Visit A Malga
A ‘malga’ is a small structure which was used as a shelter for shepherds during summer months in the Alps. And also used for making milk and producing yoghurt, cheese, and other sorts of dairy.
Nowadays however, the farmers are keeping their traditional roots, but opening up to the public. Most malga’s you will find in Trentino will be serving up fresh cheese and breads made on site.
Our favourite malga in the Valsugana region was Malga Cima Verle, which can be found at the foot of Cima Vezzena.
It not only gives a great view of the mountains, and has plenty of sun loungers out in the fields, but at Malga Cima Verle they serve up some of the most delicious platters we tasted!
We spent an afternoon down at Lago Di Caldonazzo trying our hand at sailing with the amazing guys at Archè.
Not only are they great with people of all levels and abilities, but they are also doing great things for the people of Caldonazzo with disabilities that still want to sail. This young group of sailors really deserve a mention on our top things to do in Valsugana blog!
3 hours afternoon – Euro 45.00 per person (up to 2 people)
Group day promotions for 3 people – Euro 30.00 per person
5-day course – Euro 150.00 per person
These costs include: sailing assistant/instructor, vehicles and equipment (boats, buoyancy aids, dry top etc.), use of the facilities (bathrooms, showers, etc.) and 3 hours of activity.
7. Castel Pergine
Castel Pergine was built in the 13th century and owned by the counts of Austria for quite some time.
With it being positioned high up on the hill, it was used for guarding the Valsugana valley and the surrounding areas, such as Lago Di Caldonazzo.
It wasn’t until 1521, that the castle was passed on to the prince bishops of Trento. Then in 1900 it was bought by a German enterprise, who decided completely renovate Castel Pergine into a hotel and restaurant.
With 20 rooms available, Castel Pergine has a garden, bar, shared lounge, free WiFi, as well as a beautiful sun terrace. Making staying in the castle one of the most unique things to do in Valsugana.
8. Lago Di Levico
Lago Do Levico is the ideal spot for an afternoon of relaxing with a picnic!
With tourists often comparing Lago Di Levico to a Norwegian fiord, it’s a peaceful haven amongst the pines that you won’t want to miss in Valsugana.
In summer there’s plenty to do at Lago Di Levico including canoeing, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding or renting electric boats.
And come winter, Christmas markets are set up in the Habsburg Park, plus there are a few sports that can be practiced on the snow.
9. Relax At Camping Spiaggia
Camping at Lago Di Caldonazzo is one of the most popular things for locals and tourists to do.
With plenty of Lago Di Caldonazzo camping spots located on the south shore, waking up right in the heart of Valsugana, just metres from the lake, is on most peoples to-do lists.
However we opted to head over to Camping Spiaggia for the day, and take full advantage of their jacuzzi and wellness centre!
With camping from €6 per adult and €9.50 for a standard pitch, camping may well be worth your while. Otherwise access to the wellness centre alone is open to the public at €20 per person/per day.
Definitely one of the more relaxing things to do in Valsugana. And a great way to end your trip!
Where To Stay In Valsugana
Luxury – Grand Hotel Imperial
The 4-star Grand Hotel Imperial is set in the centre of Levico Terme and was once the summer residence of the Austrian Royal Family.
Surrounded by a 150,000 m² park, Grand Hotel Imperial features a free wellness centre and elegant rooms.
The on-site spa and wellness centre is complete with indoor swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath and fitness centre.
The outdoor swimming pool is also available during summer.
All rooms offer an LCD TV and a mini bar. Free WiFi is also available in the lobby.
Mid-Budget – Bellavista Relax Hotel
Enjoy a relaxing break away from the stresses of everyday life at this peaceful hotel, set amid the mountains and close to Lake Levico.
Immersed in nature, sport and wellness, with special solutions for families and business men, the helpful and polite staff aim to offer you the best holiday in Trentino.
Budget – Hotel Liberty
Hotel Liberty is set in Levico Terme and offers a large outdoor terrace, restaurant and free bike rental.
Its spacious rooms feature hypoallergenic wood floors and flat-screen TVs.
Rooms at the Liberty Hotel offer views of the park and Levico Lake which is just a 10-minute walk away.
All the rooms also provide free Wi-Fi, and air conditioning is available on request in some rooms.
For more places to stay in Valsugana, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.
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Trip sponsored by Visit Trentino