Molveno Travel Guide

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Molveno Things to Do

  • Resting at the lake

    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.

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  • Have a nightwalk

    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.

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  • S. Carlo Borromeo

    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...

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  • Fortini di Napoleone

    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...

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  • Hike around the lake

    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...

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  • Chiesetta di S. Vigilio

    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.

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  • Parish Church

    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...

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  • Giro del Lago: Hike around the Lake

    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...

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  • Old Village Centre

    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...

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  • Napoleon Fortifications

    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....

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  • The Cemetery

    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...

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  • Medieval Chapel and Frescoes

    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...

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Molveno Local Customs

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    by Kathrin_E Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    Schüttelbrot translates to "shaken bread", I have no idea why they call it like that. This is a regional speciality from Südtirol/Alto Adige, popular also in Trentino. It is flat dry bread in round shape, very crunchy but easy to chew. Its particular taste, that I liked very much, derives from caraway and fennel seeds. It goes well with Kaminwurzen, smoked sausages. In Molveno both are available at the village supermarket.

    This bread makes a great snack to take on hiking trips and tours, especially the 'mini' version with pieces the size of a bite. It is lightweight and easy to carry, does not cause sticky hands and can be happily munched. You need a drink with it because it is very dry. Eating it unnoticed is impossible, though, because chewing it causes *quite* some noise. Eati it outdoors if possible because of the many crumbs.

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Molveno Warnings and Dangers

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    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 12, 2012

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    These are the Alps and the weather can change quickly. The usual rule applies: Carry a sweater and a light rain jacket in your daypack on any hiking tour even if the weather looks glorious in the morning. Looking at the sky now and then is no mistake.

    All my landscape photos were taken in the same day. The morning was as splendid as can be. In the afternoon these clouds appeared over the peaks of the Brenta massif. They did look threatening. We were lucky, though, they went a different direction.

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Molveno Favorites

  • Wildflowers

    The slopes around the lake are covered with deciduous forest. The vegetation here is not yet high alpine (this will change at higher altitudes) but rich with the flowers of the forest and lush meadows. In late May there were lots and lots of colourful flowers in bloom along the lakeshore trail. We saw a lot of wild columbines (photo 1) ; the wild...

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  • Background Information about the Lake

    Beautiful as it is, a closer look at the lake and its banks reveals that it is not entirely natural. The rivers and streams that run into it are controlled and canalized, on the western shore there is an artificial waterfall, and there is no river exiting it. The outflow is all hidden, there is but a walled dry canal that serves as overflow if...

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  • The Brenta Group

    The Brenta massif is geologically part of the Dolomites although it is located West of the Adige valley, thus outside the region that is generally considered the “Dolomiti” area. The rocks consist of whiteish limestone, some layers even have a pink colour. This kind of rock is prone to weathering and forms very steep, rugged peaks.The Brenta massif...

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