Come wintertime, Valle di Ledro changes its colours as the blue of the lake and the green of the mountains turn into white and everything gets covered by a candid blanket of snow. Put on snowshoes, ski or ice skates and discover Valle di Ledro, or simply walk and take advantage of the easy family-friendly itineraries. Snowshoe walks in Tremalzo, cross-country skiing in Val Concei, Christmas Market in Bezzecca, tapis roulant and ice skating rink in Tremalzo.
Have you ever heard about a giant called Gilli? Come and visit its house in Bezzecca and discover lots of curiosities about this great man.
In December (8, 9, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31), the vaults and alleys of Bezzecca are home to the third edition of the Christmas Village of the Giant, a Christmas market offering food delicacies, local products and craft items.
This little museum in the centre of Pieve houses tools, stills and pestles used by the Foletto family during the last two centuries. In this laboratory, which also contains a precious herbarium dating back to 1890, time has come to a halt and has made room for a comparison between past and present.
OPEN ON 8 AND 9 DECEMBER AND EVERYDAY FROM 22 DECEMBER TO 6 JANUARY (EXCEPT FOR CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR’S DAY). OPENING TIMES 10.00-12.00 / 16.00-19.00. FREE ADMISSION.
Make your own cream
On 29 December and 2 January, guided visit of the museum and workshop. Manufacturing of a cream with marigold or mallow flowers, bees wax and Lake Garda oil. The cream is suitable provides protection against the wind and the winter cold.
Cost € 5.00 – Minimum 6 persons – Reservations at the museum
In Tremalzo, at Albergo Garda, kids tapis roulant, bob and sleigh course (bob and snowshoes rental).
Each village of Valle di Ledro is richly decorated. Nativity scenes and decorations can be uncovered by walking through the village centres.
Biacesa is the village of nativity scenes. Under each vault, in each alley und behind every window, there are various nativity scenes, some of them very original. In Molina there’s a big nativity scene by the staircase leading up to the church, while in Mezzolago, the nativity scene is at the public wash fountain, which is still in function. Pieve is home to fairies.
Besides organising the Christmas Village of the Giant, Bezzecca is also decorated with nativity scenes and ornaments, which change every year. In each village of Val Concei there are decorations as well as a big Christmas tree and crib in Enguiso. In Tiarno di Sotto, the white decorated tree stands out in front of the second tallest church tower in Trentino. In Tiarno di Sopra lights and decorations await the visitor.
In quiet Val Concei, in Chinaec (2.5 km from Lenzumo, along the road to Rifugio Al Faggio), there is a cross-country skiing run. The whole run, which unfolds through Val Concei among green trees, is 5 km long. Starting from 5 pm, the run is partially illuminated. Sci Club Ledrense, which runs the facility, is responsible for maintenance and for the organization of skiing courses for children and adults with qualified skiing instructors. Christmas courses for young people and children take place from 23 December to 5 January. Equipment rental is also available.
There are some competitions in program as well, among them the traditional Copa Zoca, a carefree competition to which everyone can participate.
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Rifugio Pernici: Rifugio Pernici, at Bocca di Trat (1.600 m) is open every day from 26 December to 6 January and during the weekends in January and February. The Rifugio can be reached from Lenzumo (800 m drop, 8 km) or via Malga Grassi, above Riva del Garda. New Year’s Eve dinner with bonfire.
Rifugio Garibaldi: Rifugio Garibaldi in Tremalzo is open at weekends during the Winter and every day during the holidays
Rifugio Al Faggio: Rifugio Al Faggio, in Val Concei, is open at weekends during the Winter and every day during the holidays
Snowshoes walks on the white snow which covers this part of the valley so thickly. Tremalzo was once a little ski resort (1600 m). The Marogna area is not far from Albergo Garda and can be reached following the old military road built by Italian soldiers during the First World War. Be careful, as the walk can be dangerous if snow isn’t properly settled or if there is too much. Passo Dil, commonly called La Viola after the lady who used to run Rifugio Bezzecca, can also be reached form Albergo Garda walking towards Cima Avez, which offers beautiful views over the southern Adamello and the mountains surrounding Lake Idro.
Starting from Lenzumo, 8 km walk along the valley floor naturalistic path towards Al Faggio, among centuries old beech trees, firs and picturesque huts.
During particularly cold winters the waterfall freezes and offers an incomparable sight to those who venture along the short path from the Bugatini mill to this ravine along the Massangla stream.
During the winter let yourself be tempted by the delicious dishes of Valle di Ledro cuisine. Polenta di patate ( i.e. potato polenta) warms up the spirit after a winter day, especially if it’s accompanied by venison or stew. Gnocchi boemi (i.e. Bohemian dumplings) are a legacy of the Great War, when the people of Ledro were evacuated to Bohemia.
Many events are organized to liven up Valle di Ledro during the winter. Concerts, Christmas markets, snowshoes walks, mulled wine under the Christmas tree and much more… Have a look at Events and News to discover more.
Because of the steepness of the mountains sides in Valle di Ledro, there aren’t many tracks which are suitable for the winter months.
There are mountain guides to introduce newbies and beginners to the world of ski mountaineering, snowshoes, icefalls and freeride skiing.
ITINERARY 1 – ANTENNA DI TREMALZO:
Start from Rifugio Garibaldi (1500 m) and reach the top of Monte Tremalzo (1974 m), where the antenna is located. It’s quite an easy itinerary which unfolds through the woods and along the north-western side of the mountain. Return along the same way.
ITINERARY 2 – PASSO TRAT/DOS DEI SEAOI
Start from Lenzumo (780 m – Whether it is possible to start further up depends on snow conditions) and reach Malga Trat (1500 m). Proceed towards Dos dei Seaoi and up to Cima Carèt (1793 m), directly over Lake Ledro. Snow conditions permitting, continue to Cima Parì (1990 m). On the way back, along the same route, it is possible to stop at Rifugio Pernici, which is open from 26 December to 8 January and during weekends in January and February.