Things to see around Maso Grener

LAVIS: Europe’s vine garden

Lavis municipality, which includes the town of Lavis and the villages of Pressano and Consorti (Sorni, Nave San Felice and the Masi), is located in the Adige Valley between Trento and Bolzano. The vineyards dominate the valley and have the Brenta Dolomites as their backdrop (a Unesco Heritage Site). They are celebrated worldwide for their impressive and unique appearance.

This area portrays centuries of history within its landscape. The vineyards on the hills alongside the Avisio River are the legacy of farming skills gained over many centuries that give them a place amongst the top vineyards in Italy.

Not to be missed: Chiesa di San Uldarico in Lavis, Chiesa di San Felice in Pressano, Convento Agostiniano in San Michelea/A, Palazzo De Maffei in Lavis, Palazzo De Schulthaus in Lavis.
If possible, try to visit the variety of wineries in the area and the many interesting historical shops in Lavis (see the instructions), as well as the historical “Masi” that can be found along the Wine Route.

Info:www.prolocolavis.it

 

CEMBRA VALLEY: not only “heroic” vine growing and porfido stone …

The Cembra Valley unfolds away from the busy tourist areas and the city of Trento (located 20 km away) and is very well connected with Lavis, Pressano and Maso Grener.

The natural landscape of the valley from a geological point of view is characterised by a porphyry plateau with extremely hard rock that has been carved out by waters since the Ice Age. The Avisio River, originating from Mount Marmolada in the Fassa Valley, runs along a deep course at the bottom of the valley until the town of Lavis.

The Cembra Valley can be explored, know and appreciate in different way during every season. The landscape is characterised by woods and vineyards that are supported by ancient "dry stone walls" (about 300km of them exist in the valley) The area is also renowned for its ancient Masi and elegant buildings that still show sign of the past Germanic domination. It is unique, thanks to the cultivation that seems to defy logic and patience, with regards to fighting the harshness of the valley’s porphyry soils. Porphyry quarries along with grape, apple and berry production are the main economies of the valley.

There are many parish churches and votive churches to be discovered throughout the valley.

  • Visit the “Segonzano Pyramids” and the Alpine Lakes (Lago Santo and Lago di Pinè).

  • Visit the wineries, distilleries and local butchers within the valley (see the instructions).

  • During the first week of July, the International exhibition of the Muller Thurgau wine is held in Cembra.

  • There are numerous Patron Saint festivals, activities and trails to discover (www.visitpinecembra.it).

 

TRENTO: The city of the Council.

Set in the heart of the Alps, the city of Trento was founded during Roman times. Many elements of that historic period are still present, starting from the underground archaeological site of Tridentum to the Early Christian Basilica. These sites offer rare and complete examples of Roman town planning, in a fascinating and charming setting.

Through the millennia, Trento has succeeded in blending together elements of diverse traditions from Northern and Southern Europe. The result is a unique mix. This is what decided Trento as the city of choice for hosting the Council of the Counter Reformation (during 1545 to 1563).

Culturally, Trento offers a wide range of opportunities: from the history of the austere Buonconsiglio Castle, to the particular characteristics of Church history represented in the Diocesan Museum, from various children and adult initiatives organised by the Science Museum (MUSE designed by Renzo Piano), to the modern art of the Albere Palace and the MART in Rovereto.

In winter Trento becomes the Alpine capital of the Christmas markets, due to its renowned and much appreciated craft markets.

www.apt.trento.it

 

TRENTINO’S CASTLES.

In Trentino there are more than 70 castles, symbolising many years of history. An alternative way to get to know this region is through its castles, which prove very interesting from a historical and artistic point of view.

Info :www.visittrentino.it  (Castelli del Trentino)