Location: The Rotaliana Plain, the Adige Valley, Trento and the Valsugana
Duration: 5 days
Total length: 82 km (excluding taste stops)
Recommended period: spring and autumn
Certified as a “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” in 2020, here is a trail that exquisitely mixes history with great food and wine. Along its Trentino portion, the Via Romea Germanica overlaps with a wonderful itinerary of flavours as it pairs up with the Trentino Wine and Flavours Route.
Along this itinerary we will cross the Rotaliana Plain - an area renowned for its wine production - and the Valsugana – linked to the production of apples, berries and corn -, passing through the Trento area, a place of choice for the production of the sparkling wine Trentino Metodo Classico.
The Via Romea Germanica has a long and intriguing history: legend has it that Albert of Stade, on his many journeys between Saxony and Rome to meet the Pope, kept careful notes of his travels to and from Italy, putting together a series of detailed journals. In his writings he offers some very useful information for the organising of a journey which, in the 13th century, was very complex:
He indicated the best stops, which roads to take and even the distances of the individual stages along a route that connected - on Italian soil – the cities of Bolzano, Trento, Padua, Orvieto and of course Rome.
And so, with the aid of this hand-written guide, the route known today as the Via Romea Germanica came to be and covers over 2,000 km between Germany and Italy. Of these, just under 100 km pass through Trentino, along a route that links the hamlet of Cadino near San Michele all'Adige to the town of Grigno in the Valsugana before passing into the Veneto region.
The route thus represents an unparalleled experience that lets us, as modern-day pilgrims, become familiar with the fundamental aspects of this territory, such as the local cultures and scenery without forgetting, of course, its flavours and fragrances!
Indeed, along the Via Romea Germanica we have the opportunity to stop off at the numerous establishments along the Trentino Wine and Flavours Route and put together, one day at a time, our very own experience, discovering and savouring all this land has to offer!
The products you simply can’t miss out on along the way:
Along this Taste Trail we have to try the wines, most notably Teroldego Rotaliano and Trentodoc, the Trentino grappas, the white asparagus of Zambana, not to mention the apples, berries and the characteristic “Spin” maize of the Valsugana.
First Leg: Cadino di San Michele all'Adige - Lavis
The first leg of our trip starts in the hamlet of Cadino on the border with the Alto Adige/Sudtirol region. The panorama here is dominated along the upper slopes by dense verdant forests and lower down and along the valley floor by a patchwork of vineyards: not surprising, considering we find ourselves above the Rotaliana Plain, home of the emblematic Teroldego Rotaliano wine! We simply can’t miss out on a visit to a wine cellar or distillery to try out this area’s fine wines.
Taste stop 1:
Out of the numerous wine cellars we’ll come across along the way we should keep our eyes open for the Endrizzi cellars, the Edmund Mach Foundation, the Azienda Agricola Roberto Zeni, Villa Persani Azienda Agricola Clementi Silvano and, once arrived in Lavis, the Azienda agricola Brugnara and the Monfort and Cantina La Vis cellars.
Taste stop 2:
Furthermore, for lunch or a quick snack there are a few interesting possibilities such as the La Cacciatora restaurant or the Trattoria Vecchia Sorni
We mustn’t forget to try one of the unique local delicacies too, such as the renowned white asparagus of Zambana which we can find at the AS.T.A. Asparagicoltori Trentini Associati.
Along the way, and between one bite and another, we can explore the world behind this fascinating agricultural tradition, with its unique practices and folklore, at the Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina, a museum dedicated to the traditions and customs of the Trentino people, in the town of San Michele all'Adige
Where to sleep 1:
If you want to take off feeling fully recharged and ready for the road, we could spend the night before our trip at the La Ferrata affittacamere guest house.
Second Leg: Lavis - Trento
This second stage - certainly shorter than the other stages along the route - links the centre of Lavis with the provincial capital, Trento.
As we move along, we’ll note that our path is continuously lined by rows upon rows of grapevines. Indeed, here a representative product of Trento - but also of the whole of Trentino – is produced: Trentodoc sparkling wine. So, we mustn’t forget to toast to our "efforts" with a glass of this excellent spumante, created using the traditional method!
Taste stop 1:
Before taking off, we can recharge at the Pasticceria Bronzetti Marco pastry shop or at the Gelateria Serafini or we can stock up on some delicacies to savour along the way at the delicatessen Arturo Paoli Specialità Alimentari, Carni e Salumi Trojer or Latte Trento.
Culture stop 1:
Before leaving Lavis, we should stop and visit the Giardino dei Ciucioi, also known as the Giardini Bortolotti, an imposing hanging garden dating back to the first half of the 19th century and managed by the Argentario Ecomuseum.
Taste stop 2:
Once in Trento, we’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to our evening meal in the city centre, some of the most noteworthy establishments are the Locanda Le Due Travi, Ristorante al Vo', Antica Trattoria Due Mori, Scrigno del Duomo and the Osteria a "le due spade"
Where to sleep 1:
Amongst the establishments we find along the route we can spend the night in the B&B Locanda le Due Travi or Hotel America.
Third Leg: Trento - Levico Terme
This is undoubtedly the most complex stage of our route: besides its length, it also presents a bit of a climb as it leads out of the Adige valley and into the Valsugana. However, from a panoramic point of view, the numerous vistas are remarkable as we make our way along this wooded trail: stretching from the vineyards and hamlets huddled around Trento, interspersed with vegetable gardens and orchards, to a fantastic panorama of the Valsugana.
Taste stop 1:
Before setting off, we’ll take time to replenish our energy with a hearty breakfast at the Panificio Moderno Piazza Lodron 21 bakery (where we can also stock up on some useful and tasty products) or at Bar Pasi or the bar of the Locanda Le Due Travi.
Taste stop 2:
Once we arrive in Pergine Valsugana we can stop at the Latte Trento shop or maybe take a leisurely break at the Antiche Contrade restaurant.
Along the way we mustn’t forget to fill up on Acqua Levico water.
The route then ends in Levico Terme, just in time for dinner, maybe making our way to the Boivin restaurant in the town centre.
Fourth Leg : Levico Terme – Borgo Valsugana
This stretch of our route follows for the most part the valley floor but this doesn’t mean it’s any less panoramic: we can admire the vineyards, orchards (especially apples) but also cultivations of berries and other small fruits.
Furthermore, at the right time of year, our gaze will sweep across fields of ripening “Spin” maize, a variety of corn typical of this area.
Before reaching the town of Borgo Valsugana we can stop at the Birrificio degli Arimanni brewery for a visit and, of course, a taste of what they have to offer!
Fifth leg : Borgo Valsugana - Grigno
Our trip is coming to an end, just over 18 km to reach the town of Grigno!
As we take to the road again we can see how in this part of the Valsugana the orchards and fields gradually give way to verdant woodland in a delightful collage of colours and textures.
Before leaving Borgo Valsugana, we’ll pay a visit to the Latte Trento shop to stock up on something good for lunch.
Once in Grigno, we simply can’t miss out on the salamis and cured meats of the Carni e Salumi Meggio butcher’s shop or the cheeses of the Casearia Monti Trentini dairy.
Tips for your journey
- We recommend you book all your meals and overnight stays before departure.
- If you’re looking for a complete holiday package, don’t hesitate to contact us:
Strada del Vino e dei Sapori del Trentino (The Trentino Wine and Flavours Route)
Tel. +39 0461 921863
If you’d like to follow the Via Romea Germanica in the company of a Mountain Leader who will tell you all you need to know about the places and people you meet along the way, contact Albatros and check their availability.
You can organise the return trip in various ways:
1. Retrace your steps to the starting point.
2. If you’re in a group you can organise two cars, leaving one at the starting point and one at your destination.
3. Take advantage of public transport, catching a bus or train as far as Trento and then hopping on bus no. B104 for the Val di Fiemme/ Val di Fassa. All timetables available at www.trentinotrasporti.it.
A note on accommodation facilities and other establishments
Not all stages of the Via Romea Germanica between Cadino and Grigno have accommodation and other facilities and establishments associated with the Trentino Wine and Flavours Route.
Click here for a list of the restaurants and accommodation facilities associated with the Via Romea Germanica; remember also that some of these operate in areas characterised by seasonal tourism trends, so it is advisable to contact them in advance to check availability, especially in summer.
Before setting out, remember to check both the weather forecast and the trail’s conditions by contacting any of the tourist offices of the Consorzio Turistico Piana Rotaliana Konigsberg, APT Trento, Monte Bondone e Valle dei Laghi, AAPT Valsugna.
If you’re taking off during the winter months, make sure you also check for snow and other environmental conditions.
Trekking is fun but also challenging. We recommend you only take the bare necessities with you but don’t forget to bring proper hiking footwear and trekking poles. Ideally, your backpack should not weigh more than 6kg.