Trentino Series I: San Martino di Castrozza
One gets very easily excited about the idea of discovering new places and doing new things.
I spent a long weekend in the northern region of Trentino, hiking the Alps. There has to be a first time for everything and the weekend was a double first for me: the Alps and the climbing.
I enjoyed the Alps much more than I though I would. On the hiking side… well lets just say I might need some training.
A group of friends, very raw landscapes and the motivation of great mountain food kept us all going up. A complete detox from the internet/phone work…etc. As I discovered, one ought to be 100% aware of one’s own footsteps not to fall, hence there is just no space for anything else.
Now; fully recovered, I am able to share happily this somewhat interesting experience.
We arrived at San Martino di Castrozza where we spent the first night. The little village (no more than 600 inhabitants), is very dream like, full of pictureesque houses, bakeries and specialised sports shops. The region of Trentino, very close to the Austrian border, prides itself in serving great beer and a lot of “Strudel” and “Sacher Torte”.
After a light lunch by the creek we went for a 2 hour walk (a warm up for what was to come!! ) at the “Laghetti di Colbricon” two tiny lakes overlooking the savage landscape.
On our way back we stopped at Malga Ces, known in the whole valley for its cakes (which are this post’s recommendation). Malga is an italian word referring to a small mountain hut which is supposed to host shepherds during the summer. This particular Malga is a much evolved and sophisticated version.
We shared a “Crostata di Mirtilli” (blackberry tart with a cream base) and a “Torta di Ricotta” (Ricotta and chocolate chip cake).
And of course the team!