Giovo and Masen

Giovo e Masen

After having crossed the Cembra valley, at the Faver junction take the road to Cembra and proceed up to Giovo. At the end of a straight road to the right the road to Vaternigo begins (the church of S.Floriano, Middle ages once a pre-existing temple dedicated to Jupiter on the mountain side bearing the same name). Ville, Masen Palu (where the Moser Brothers and G.Simoni the cycling champions were born). A typical Cembrano atmosphere with vast vegetation areas. Park near the Ville di Giovo and take some short walks along the way, enjoy a beautiful view of the valley and on the Bondone Mountain (2060 m) and Pagnello (2116 m). In Ville, there is the tower of the “Castello della Rosa” (11th Century) and on the high side, you can reach Masen, a typical mountain area located amongst pastures and pine orchards. The street, which crosses it goes down to Faedo and S. Michele in the Adige Valley. Many excursions can be taken from Masen; to Monte Corona (1036 m) a beautiful view 1.30 hours; to the old mines (canope) of the Piani e delle Acque (source) 3 hours to Faedo and to the passo Faedo – Croce delle Serre (818 m).

The bird catching net of Mosaner, near the Sauch mountain lodge, is the only example of a traditional bird trap in Trentino. It was once used exclusively for hunting, as from 1968 hunting has been prohibited and it is now well looked after and serves for study and scientific purposes. The bird net is made up of a circular structure of cropped trees placed in an arched double layer. Nets are placed under the trees to capture birds. This is now to all effects an ornithological observatory and around 2,500 birds of 60 species coming from Europe and Africa are caught, measured and released each year for studying migration routes, winter migration and reproduction. This excursion begins from Lake Santo where one can park the car. Time about 2 hours to go and return. Very close to the stables “Happy Ranch” SAT; path 409 begins here. It indicates Ref Sauch and takes you in 45 minutes to the Giovo bird net. Easy return: climbing shoes or trekking shoes are recommended. Clothing must be adequate for a walk in the woods (bear in mind that there may be mosquitoes or other insects). It is possible to take the approach road going up Faendo Pineta, although it is more dislevelled than the same path which connects lake Santo to Faedo. 1.30 hours.

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