No matter the language you speak, Molveno — the camera-ready, picture-postcard perfect, lakeside village at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites in the vast Adamello Brenta Nature Park of Italy’s Trentino Alto Adige region — will welcome you with open arms.
And, why not? Molveno’s a jewel of a locale — actually a pearl, according to the late Antonio Fogazzaro, a 19th century Italian novelist — with the snow-capped peaks above reflecting off the glassy surface of the town’s namesake lake, Lago di Molveno, below.
It was here in tiny Molveno that tourism was first introduced into the Trentino, and has attracted many a VIP from international high society, including King Albert I of Belgium who was a frequent guest and enjoyed blending in anonymously with the locals.
Lago di Molveno, formed about three millennia ago, is the second largest natural lake in the Trentino side of Italy’s northernmost region, and one of the bluest bodies of water I’ve ever seen.
During summertime, the lake is used for swimming, sailing, canoeing and windsurfing. And its lush green park, with loads of picnic tables and benches, is the ideal place just to relax, bask in the sun, and lay out a checkered tablecloth with all the fixins.
A skilift, located in the center of town and currently being renovated, glides visitors directly to the top of the 1,400m tall Mount Pradel Plateau where numerous hiking trails and fixed-rope sentieri (footpaths) begin. And, when the snows come, Molveno is conveniently located near the Paganella and Adamello ski areas.
Meanwhile, back down at lake level, Molveno proudly waves the Bandiera Arancione (orange flag) of the Italian Touring Club, symbolic of the town’s high-quality, environmentally sound tourism.
It goes without saying that Molveno’s squeaky-clean appearance and beautiful scenery are the major draws for this community of just over 1,100 residents.