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Valsugana: Alpine experiment in sustainable holidays

The Trentino valley has obtained sustainability certification from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Among plastic free appointments, hut holidays and cows "in adoption", here you can find suggestions for virtuous holidays

In Valsugana, you can live 365 days of vacation under the banner of sustainability. Trentino Alto Adige tourist destination is in fact the first and, for now only, worldwide destination certified for sustainable tourism according to GSTC standards, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, a non-profit organization that has among its members the World Organization for the Tourism (UNWTO), NGOs, national and local governments and operators of various kinds, united by the desire to achieve best practices in sustainable tourism. An all-Italian success made possible by a tourism development model that focuses on the well-being of the host community and pays attention to green and slow tourism experiences, environmental and social sustainability and aspects related to climate change.

To obtain the certification, Valsugana has had to deal with dozens of parameters to demonstrate sustainable management of the destination, careful to maximize social and economic benefits and minimize the negative impacts on the host community, visitors, cultural heritage and the environment. Specifically, young people were activated to raise awareness among operators, residents and tourists on issues related to sustainability; a procedure has been developed for the organization of “plastic free” appointments during which the safeguard of the environment and the awareness of the participants. Events dedicated to the care of the environment, the landscape and the protection of biodiversity are being promoted; the economic, cultural and environmental aspects of the destination for data collection on which to base future initiatives are being monitored. The pride of these initiatives is the “Vacanze in Baita” (Holidays in a chalet) project, thanks to which several unused traditional houses have been recovered, which were destined to a new form of hospitality, and “Adotta una Mucca” (Adopt a cow), which allowed the integration of the income of the hut managers offering tourists the chance to live a unique experience: meet their “own” cow, watch the processing of their milk and taste its products.

All within a territory rich in enchanting places, starting from the lakes of Levico and Caldonazzo, ideal destinations to spend a relaxing holiday in close contact with nature and take pleasant walks along the lakefront and the surrounding mountains. Lake Caldonazzo is the largest lake basin belonging entirely to Trentino, extends over five square kilometers, has an average depth of 26.5 meters (with peaks of 49 meters) and thanks to favourable climatic conditions it is used for swimming until end of September. The hill of Tenna separates it from the near and quieter Lake Levico, where you can make pleasant trips by electric boat.

Extended over one square kilometer and with a maximum depth of 38 meters, Lake Levico is surrounded by greenery and resembles a Norwegian fjord in its conformation. In the woods that touch it you can take regenerating walks, including the suggestive one that follows the Via dei Pescatori and the excursion that leads to the Biotopo Canneto di Levico, a protected bend along the southern shores rich in perilacuale vegetation. On the eastern shore of the lake is the historic town of Levico Terme, a renowned spa town.

For those who are athletic, who are looking for walks and trekking in the mountains,  Valsugana offers different destinations, from the plateau of Marcesina crowned by the historic Cima Ortigara and Cima XII to the Altipiano di Vezzena with the impressive Pizzo di Levico, to the mountains long Lagorai chain that from Monte Panarotta leads to the Pale di San Martino, to the granite massif of Cima D’Asta in Tesino. There are many paths traced by the SAT, the Tridentine Alpinists Society, which allow easier excursions of 1 or 2 hours up to the most demanding 4- or 5-hour treks to reach the high peaks. Along the itineraries it is possible to admire the flora and fauna of the Alps and to trace the history through the still visible remains of trenches, barracks and military roads of the First World War.

Find out how you can visit these locations with us at Bellarome Italian Vacations.