The products of Alpe Cimbra are genuine and km 0, results of the traditions and work of the local producers. In the land of the mountain huts and the fresh milk – the white gold of Alpe Cimbra, the meat produced according to ancient dictates, honey and honeydew, vegetables grown according to old traditions, cakes and organic fruits, the secrets of the mountain relive. The farmers from Alpe Cimbra transfer their passion for the land and respect for nature to the art of cultivation. Our excellences space among different products: the Vézzena cheese, the speck from 1898, the goat cheese, the strudel, the berries and the and chestnuts of Vigolana, the honey, the leek from Nosellari and also the rainbow eggs! But the real main characters of Alpe Cimbra are the farmers. Thanks to their hard work and knowledge, they dedicate their lives to the sustainability and the safeguard of the Alpine ecosystem paying attention to mountain farming and agriculture technics. It is difficult to resist the temptations when they are genuine! Besides friendship and good company, what counts is the taste that only traditional products offer.
Even in the glasses you can taste the authentic scent of Alpe Cimbra. From grappa to beer, from juices to fruit infusions, the authenticity of our mountain is also to drink! The numerous local productions are specialized in picking berries. The fruits are processed as in the old times to preserve the taste and quality. Our farmers employ ancient techniques to obtain natural apple and pear juices.
In addition to juices, we have other local excellences including beer, wine, grappa and rum. The Barbaforte brewery, in Folgaria, has been awarded several prizes. It produces a beer full of complex aromas by using top quality products, by carefully choosing the water, never filtering, never pasteurizing and just adding hops.
The Distilleria Bailoni (Distillery Bailoni) was established in 1953 in Altopiano della Vigolana by three brothers. Thanks to the love for their land, they take care of the growing and the harvest of prestigious grapes and produce a grappa rich in aroma and lightness. From the beginning, the Bailoni brothers have chosen natural and traditional techniques based on grape marc processing with bain-marie discontinuous method in copper alembic stills. Not only grappa is produced in Vigolana, but also sparkling wine and the Rumtopf: a liqueur prepared with rum, fruits and sugar.
Lake Lavarone, one of the oldest lakes in the Alps, is located at 1,079 meters above sea level and has an area of 64,000 m², with a maximum depth of 17 meters. Very popular as a place for bathing and relaxation, it has been awarded the important Blue Flag for the purity of its waters for years.
Loved by Sigmund Freud – father of psychoanalysis, the walk around the lake is very suggestive, and also one of the “open routes” of Alpe Cimbra, accessible to people in wheelchairs.
The Great Sentinels of the Empire: the seven fortresses built by the Austro-Hungarians between 1908 and 1914 in view of the conflict with Italy on the territories of Folgaria (Forts Cherle, Sommo Alto and Dosso delle Somme), Lavarone (Fort Belvedere Gschwent) and Lusérn-Vezzena (Forts Cima Vezzena, Busa Verle and Lusérn). Among all, the Forte Belvedere/Gschwent in Lavarone stands out for its magnificence, built on a spur of rock overlooking the Astico Valley. Today it is a museum with exhibits and multimedia-interactive installations that give voice to the memories of the soldiers who lived and fought here. The fortresses, destinations for excursions and mountain bike tours, are included in thematic itineraries focused on the Great War.
Time seems to have stopped in Lusérn, listed among the Borghi più Belli d’Italia (Most Beautiful Villages in Italy), a small mountain village of houses leaning against each other, with sharp roofs and stone facades, defined as “the last Cimbrian island”. Its inhabitants are the last keepers of Cimbrian, an ancient language of German origin spoken by the populations from lower Bavaria, who settled in the Trentino-Veneto area between the 10th and 13th Centuries. Cimbrian language, customs and traditions are protected and valued by the Cimbrian Cultural Institute and the Lusérn Documentation Center. The Haus von Prükk house-museum is an important point of interests. The house is a typical 19th-Century Cimbrian farmhouse, faithfully restored to show visitors the rooms (the kitchen, the bedrooms, the stable) with their original features.
Base Tuono is a museum located at the Alpe di Folgaria/Coe, dedicated to the Cold War. It is one of the three missile launch sections of the former NATO Base of Passo Coe-Monte Toraro, active from 1966 to 1977. Base Tuono is the most important museum in Europe.
Guardia looks like a village out of time. Its Cimbrian name comes from the guard post that depended on the Beseno castle located nearby. However, its peculiarity is the decoration with artistic murals of exceptional value. For this reason, Guardia is known as the painted town. Life in the fields and pastures, scenes of family life, religious festivals and moments of peasant joy are among the main subjects of these works of art, generally of a naive style.
Vigolana and its plateau is a large garden behind Trento, a place where it is still possible to discover ancient villages with stone portals, balconies full of geraniums, gardens cultivated with the love and knowledge of the past. The Becco di Filadonna, 2,150 m a.s.l., is reachable from several sides. It is one of the most demanding peaks of the Vigolana group. The enchanting landscape with large meadows and woods have remained unchanged over time: a natural balcony from which to admire Alpine views, valleys and the lakes of Levico and Caldonazzo.