San Lorenzo Dorsino: holidays in San Lorenzo in Banale and Dorsino between ciuìga (local salami), hikes, and the most beautiful villages in Italy
San Lorenzo Dorsino is a recently established municipality in the province of Trento. It was in fact formed on 1 January 2015, from the merger of the municipalities of San Lorenzo in Banale, one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, and Dorsino, which today remain fractions of the municipality. San Lorenzo Dorsino is in the mountain territory on the south-eastern slopes of the Brenta Dolomites and offers many activities for summer and winter holidays in the name of sport, culture, and culinary traditions. The municipality is in fact the gateway, through the Val d’Ambiez, to the Adamello Brenta Natural Park and is located just a few kilometres from Lake Molveno and the Terme di Comano.
The symbol of the municipality is Ciuìga, the typical local salami, today a Slow Food presidium to which an Autumn festival is dedicated. Unique and unmistakable, this salami with turnips is a real delicacy.
Things to do in San Lorenzo Dorsino
The area is an excellent starting point for excursions in the Brenta range, in the WWF oasis of Nembia, and in the Val d'Ambiez, where you can meet one of the more than twenty bears of the Brenta. A destination for excursions from April to September, even for families, the Dòs Béo located to the northeast of the municipality, is suitable for walks and non-demanding excursions, where one can enjoy the view and have a picnic. For the more experienced, you can hike to the Asbelz pasture in the Jon Valley. The area is also crossed by 100km Sentiero di San Vili that joins Trento to Madonna di Campiglio, and from the Sentiero Piccole Baite Addossate to the Rocks near Lake Nembia, a small but characteristic lake with crystal clear waters for swimming in summer with a naturalistic oasis , educational trail, and fishing spots.
In the last years the resort has been a favourite destination for sport holidays, thanks to a well equipped leisure center with football fields, tennis courts and indoor swimming pool, hiking, jogging and trim trails, and the Parco degli Scoiattoli, where climbers of every age can try 38 climbing routes of every level. Mountain bikers have at their disposal marked trails and the route of the Brenta Dolomites Bike tour.
Dorsino is a small town situated at the entrance to the Val d’Ambiez on a morainic terrain shaped by the Sarca river over the centuries, and bordering the Adamello Brenta Natural Park. The town centre has been rebuilt several times due to the numerous fires that devastated it. In Dorsino, of particular historical and cultural interest, are the small church of S. Giorgio del Quattrocento with frescoes by C. Baschenis and the ancient parish church of the Assumption of Tavodo.
San Lorenzo in Banale
Ancient rural village, among the most beautiful of Italy, San Lorenzo in Banale awaits you in its stone and wood houses for a stay into history, surrounded by the green in a sacred silence interrupted only by the sincere welcome of the inhabitants and the lively festival of the ciuìga.
To spend some days here means to enter a different world, suspended between past and present, in a rare quietness, lulled by the noise of the water of the fountains and washtubs, and by the slow rhythms of nature. This is a wonderful hamlet, included by the Touring Club in the list of Borghi più belli d'Italia.
Stretched on a wide sunny plain, the village lies on the Banale plateau. It was created by the fusion of seven ancient hamlets, each with its characteristics still visible in the traditions and united by a road reaching the most important villas of this area: Casa Mazoleti in Prusa, Casa Martinoni in Berghi, Casa dei Sartorei in Senaso, perfect examples of rural architecture. The landscape is overlooked by many churches and bell towers rich of sacred objects and paintings, like the church of San Rocco in Pergnano, with frescoes of the Baschenis brothers. In Prato there is also the Casa del Parco "C'era una volta...", collecting the rural life of these lands.
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