Val Genova (Genova valley) The alpine valley that begins in Carisolo, in Val Rendena, and separates the Adamello from the Presanella massif. For centuries it has been attracting visitors and…
Val Genova (Genova valley)
The alpine valley that begins in Carisolo, in Val Rendena, and separates the Adamello from the Presanella massif. For centuries it has been attracting visitors and mountaineers coming from all over the world with its magnificent natural sceneries: wild mountain sides covered with forests, unreachable cliffs, enchanted green plains, vertiginous waterfalls, immaculate glaciers.
How to reach it
In Val Rendena, from Carisolo, take the road to Val Genova. Drive for a few kilometers until reaching the basin and the parking lot. During the summer months, it is possible to drive on by paying a toll. In August, the valley can be accessed with the shuttle buses (payment service) that drive through the whole valley up to Pian di Bédole.
Discovering the valley
Known as the waterfalls valley: the most famous are the Nardis ones, a spectacular 100-meter-jump; and the Lares ones, to discover by hiking in the woods. Val Genova is enhanced by numerous wonderful falls. The Casòl waterfall flows down the wild Val Siniciaga and the Làres and Folgorìda waterfalls can be encountered by continuing the walk. On the valley bottom, the Sarca river originates other spectacular water drops: those of Casina Muta, Stablèi, Pedrùc, Pont delle Cambiali e Mandron.
The lateral valleys Germenega, Siniciaga, Lares, Folgorida on the right; Nardis, Gabbiolo and Cercen on the left possess a unique and wild kind of beauty. Val Genova was also the set of the battles between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies during the first World War.
The imposing rocky formations with a crystalline origin (tonalite) are extremely astonishing: Presanella (3558 m), Busazza (3225 m), Crozzon di Làres (3354 m), the three Lobbie (High 3195 m, Middle 3033 m, Low 2958 m), Cima Mandrone (3283 m). On these peaks, during the 1800s, the first mountaineering explorations on the mountains of Trentino took place. Finally, the Adamello-Mandron glacier is the widest glacial area of the Italian Alps with its 18-square-kilometers extension. Unexpected and frequent are the encounters with the chamois, the marmot, the roe deer, the ptarmigan, the black grouse and the capercaillie.
The name Val Genova probably comes from the toponym “Zènua”, found in some documents dating back to the 1200s, that denotes a territory rich in waters.
Val Genova, glacial crack where the Sarca river flows, is a lateral valley of Val Rendena, that from Carisolo runs for 17 km between Adamello and Presanella. It is characterized by a succession of rocky steps and plains from which impetuous water drops flow.
The valley ends with the Bedole plain, bordered by the spectacular glacial amphitheater of the Lobbie and Mandrone hanging glaciers. Val Genova is one of the symbols of the Nature Park, therefore a strategy to ensure sustainable mobility has been implemented, in order to safeguard the natural environment of the valley.
Thick woods of conifers cover the sides of the valley, whereas beech and broadleaved trees grow in more favorable environments, where a rich variety of species can be admired, as a consequence of the unicity of the landscape.
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