Molveno: A Pearl in the Brenta Dolomites

November 8, 2013 / Places
Molveno, Trentino-Alto Adige

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.

Molveno | ©Tom Palladio Images

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.

Molveno | ©Tom Paladio Images

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.

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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.

Molveno | ©Tom Palladio Images

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.

Molveno | ©Tom Palladio Images

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.

Molveno | ©Tom Palladio Images

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.

Molveno | ©Tom Palladio Images
Molveno | ©Tom Palladio Images

Molveno | ©Tom Palladio Images

by Tom Weber

Tom is a veteran print-broadcast journalist who resides in the Colli Euganei (Euganean Hills) in the province of Padova in the Veneto region of northestern Italy. He hosts the eclectic travel/foodie/photography blog The Palladian Traveler.com, is a regular contributor to Los Angeles-based TravelingBoy.com, and is a member of the International Travel Writers Alliance. Feel free to follow Tom as he “meanders along the cobblestone to somewhere.”

24 Responses to “Molveno: A Pearl in the Brenta Dolomites”

  1. Frank Bettinelli

    I have always commented that I could not ever live away from the sea. I found
    the exception. So pristine and beautiful. A true PEARL !!!

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  2. This area is so beautiful! My heart ached when I looked at the pictures!…..I found myself looking at the buildings and imagining looking out the window at the drop dead beautiful scenery, while listening to the familiar sounds of life in a town like that! I could actually feel the pulse of the town and its people!

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  3. An awesome sight! This is the Italy I am very familiar with, but not shown as much.

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  4. What a beautiful part of Italy . I love the Dolomites and its many surrounding cities such as Bolzano, Trento Cortina D’Ampezzo Beautiful people ,wines and food …scenic beauty too .

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  5. Bonnie and John Barnes

    Many thanks for the fantastic photos, Ted. Maybe some day—Who knows?

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  6. Marianna Raccuglia

    Very beautiful photos! I have never been in that area – it looks lovely. Thank you

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