THE LAGORAI CHAIN
It is one the widest, striking and less known mountain chains in the Eastern Alps.
It unravels for about 50 kms and it is made of Permian quartz porphyry. The maximum height is reached by the 2,754 metres of Cima di Cece (Cece Peak).
This chain is characterized by wild nature and it enshrines several marks of ancient pastoral settlements. This chain was shaped by the Quaternary glaciations and it is very rich in lakes of glacial origin (more than 100 located situati at about 2,000 metres of altitude) and in streams. Limited human interventions have contributed to protecting flora and fauna. You can find numerous species of minor wild animals, but also the most famous Alpine mammals: chamois, roe deers, deers, marmots with thick fur and, as regards aviary fauna, some golden eagles, peregrine falcons, capercaillies and black grouses. Woods and the minor Alpine flora are also very interesting. During the First World War the Austro-Hungarian front was here and today you can see a number of remains of defensive structures scattered on the whole chain.
Lagorai offers to lovers of hiking easy and short itineraries (half-day excursions), but also more difficult itineraries and very long and striking excursions that can last a day or more. In this case you could enjoy the warm hospitality in the characteristics malghe (Alpine huts), which are left open by the owners also during winter time to give shelter to hikers. During winter time Vetriolo, the Valle dei Mocheni and Roncegno are ideal starting points for itineraries of Alpine skiing and for excursions using snowshoes.
HOW TO GET THERE
Starting from Levico Terme go along SP 11 where you can see a beautiful view of the Valsugana. You will reach the village of Compet and then Vetriolo (13 kms from Levico Terme). You can also follow another path: from Levico Terme, more precisely from Guizza place, you can take Strada dei Baiti (Baiti path), which, among beautiful meadows and thick woods, goes up to Vetriolo. You can also reach Vetriolo from Pergine Valsugana, from the Assizzi place, by following SP 12, passing through Vignola Falesina and reaching Compet.
In the summer time there is also a bus line to and from Vetriolo.
If you are in Roncegno, take SP 65 towards Ronchi (the panoramic route) up to the fork. At this point turn left towards Pozze and Cinquevalli villages.