The San Valentino valley is a rural landscape of rare charm: meadows, huts, barns, cobbled paths and huts cut into the thick of the woods.
How to reach it
From Javrè, Darè and Vigo Rendena take the road that leads to Vauclo, continue up to Pian del Forno and the Binola car park. Here the paths leading to the upper valley start.
Dicovering the valley
Once at the San Valentino church, drive on to the Gorck hut. Here the road divides: on the right, it continues towards Vauclo (1198 m) from where you go up to the Binola car park and then to Malga Praino. On the left, instead, it continues as far as Pian del Forno. From both you can take the Sat path n. 224 which goes up Valletta Bassa passing through Malga Coel of Vigo (1567 m). Then go up past the beautiful Valletta waterfall. A large rock, near the ruins of the Valletta hut, signals three different paths.
The first reaches the San Valentino Pass (2765 m), with the remains of the Austrian fortifications.
The second goes up to the wild Valle di Cavento, populated by numerous marmots. Here the Dossòn bivouac, at 2360 meters, is an excellent starting point for climbing to the Bocca di Conca (2674 m), on the south-east ridge of Carè Alto, and then descend into the Valle di Conca, the Carè Alto hut and the Borzago valley (trail n ° 222). You can also climb up to Passo delle Vacche (2872 m), at the base of the south-west ridge of Carè Alto and from there descend into Val di Fumo.
The third itinerary (trail n ° 225) turns left and climbs up Costòn della Vallina with equipped sections to reach the Bivacco della Cunella (2150 m) or descend to Malga Geredol.
The valley is named after the little church dedicated to San Valentino. Built in the fourteenth century to protect the herds that went up to the huts. It lies in a panoramic place with a wide view of Busa di Tione, the low Rendena valley, the Brenta Group , the peaks of the Carè Alto. Only the apse and frescoes by Simone Baschenis remain of the original building.
The San Valentino Valley extends from Val Rendena to the watershed between the rivers Sarca and Chiese. The Valley is formed by three main branches: in the east Stracciola, crossed by the Rio Tecino, which thru Bocca della Cunella (2529 m) connects with Val Breguzzo. The second, formed by the course of the Rio Bedù, which in the upper is called Valletta. Finally Val Cavento at the foot of Carè Alto.
The valley, in the past, was a well-known and ancient way of communication with the Camune populations. Old documents testify the transits through the passes of San Valentino (2765 m), of Mezzo (2805 m), of Vacche (2854 m). The San Valentino Pass is the most ancient pass between Val Rendena and Val di Fumo. In the Middle Ages the valley was landslide due to pyrite mines. The right side instead is an area of great natural value.