The church S. Carlo Borromeo has been built in 1940 on the structure of an older church dating back to the 6 century. Two altars of the old church have remained and can be seen inside S. Carlo Borromeo. The church tower remained. In 1976 a fire damaged the church, which has been repaired again afterwards.
For me the church has a nice atmosphere and I liked the visit.
There are several fortifications at the Lake Molveno that were built in different periodes by Austrians. The main one was built 1703 in the times of the War of the Spanish Succession to protect against the movement of French troops heading northwards. Other parts of the fortifications date back to the Second World War. In case you decide to hike around the lake you will pass some of the ruins. The one on the photo is located on the huge peninsulae that reaches into the lake from the west.
On a beautiful hike you can surround the impressive Lake Molveno. The hike stretches over about 10 kilometers along the shore of the lake. The path is marked as the 'Passeggiata Giro del Lago'. You will have fantastic views on the mountains around the lake and on the town of Molveno. On your way you will pass the Fort Napoleon that has been built by Austrians to stop Spanish troops during the War of the Spanish Succession.
Dedicated to a bishop if Trento who has died in 400 AD the church is an important protected cultural site in the Trento. It was built in the 13th century. Recently restauration was carried through which brought out the very beautiful paintings.
The parish church of Molveno is rather new, I am inclined to think that at least the nave is entirely from the early 20th century. I'm not sure about the steeple, which is a freestanding campanile like many steeples in Italy.
The parish church is dedicated to San Carlo Borromeo. Scenes from the life of the cardinal are depicted in the murals inside the church. The style of the interior shows clearly that it is all rather new, with the sole exception of the high altar which might be original 18th centory baroque (might also be younger, hard to tell).
The church is open in the daytime.
A marked hiking trail leads around the entire lake. This is an enjoyable walk with lots of fantastic views of the lake and, from the Eastern shore, the rugged peaks of the Brenta massif. The photos speak for themselves; more pictures are in the travelogues.
Hiking in these steep mountain landscapes around Molveno is quite something and requires a bit more than average fitness. This trail is probably one of the easiest in the area. It is not totally flat but has a couple of ups and downs, though. About 75 percent of the way you walk under some trees so there is shade. Nevertheless take a snack and some water.
The total distance is given as approximately 12 kilometres. The trail is well signposted. Even without signs it would be hard to miss because you see the lake almost all the time and it is close to impossible to lose your way.
Molveno has grown into a large resort with many hotels but the lanes of the old village have preserved their charm. This old village centre is not very big, but the small side streets are worth exploring. Despite the fire of 1921 that destroyed a large part of the village, here some much older houses have survived. There is a number of Trentino taverns in old style (opening hours might be limited in off-season, enquire in advance). The barn with the corn cobs put up to dry is a frequent photo object, it seems.
The old centre can be found uphill off Via Roma, the main shopping street, and the church square.
The “Napoleon Fortifications” are located on the peninsula on the Western side of the lake. The fortifications were built in 1802 by the Austrians as defence against Napoleon, but soon abandoned when they became obsolete after Napoleon’s victory in the battle of Austerlitz in 1805.
There is not much left of them except one bulwark and some walls. In later times a farmhouse has been built among them and the spot has become a peaceful refuge. The place is reachable on foot only, it is a few metres away from the Giro del Lago trail (signposted; turn left on the highest point of the peninsula).
Baita ai Fortini di Napoleone (photo 5) still bears the name, it is an old farm on the rigde above the peninsula that has been turned into a restaurant. Its opening hours are limited, though. Better check with the tourist information office in Molveno village before setting out.
The cemetery occupies a pretty location on a terrace with a view of the lake. It surrounds the small medieval chapel (see separate tip). Molveno is a rather small village and but a handful of families, or clans, are native here; you’ll find the same surnames over and over that also appear among nowadays’ hotel and shop owners. The graves are well kept with either little flower beds or stone platters. Most tombstones show little portrait photos of the defunct.
The cemetery is usually open in the daytime and freely accessible. The gate on the side facing the lake might be closed, though – try one of the other two entrances.
The old the chapel in the cemetery, Molveno’s oldest existing building, was built in the 12th century and enlarged in the 1530s. Its treasure are the frescoes on the façade which probably date from the times of the amplification.
The interior has more frescoes, according to the information board in front of the chapel, but it was closed and I have no idea whether the chapel has any regular opening hours. Anyway, the outside is worth looking at. In the tympanon of the Romanesque portal there is Christ resurrected with Mary and John the Evangelist, on the wall above two saints: Vigilius and Franciscus. St Catherine of Alexandria and the Madonna are depicted in the field on the left, St. Christophorus on the right.
The lake shore by the village and campground has been turned into a beach, with some lawns along to rest and sunbathe; there isn’t much shade except under a few trees. . The beach consists of coarse sand and limestone pebbles and is rather steep. The deepest point of the lake is at 120 m so the banks can be expected to be steep – you have to be a swimmer, there isn’t much chance to enjoy the water with your feet on the ground. This is mountain water, so prepare for, well, a refreshing temperature. A hop into the water should be pleasant on a hot summer day but this is not a place for a real beach day.
The area at the lake offers much for those who need a place to have a rest. A huge grass area invites for a relaxing day. You will also find benches, some picnic tables and a boat rental.
Molveno is quite nice during the darkness. Then the streets are in a bright yellow from the streetlights which gives the old part of the village a pretty nice atmosphere.