On the traces of the Great War
At the northern end of Valcamonica, in the province of Brescia, lies the small and cosy village of Ponte di Legno. Located at an altitude of 1260 metres, it is connected via the Tonale Pass to the municipality of Vermiglio in the province of Trento. Built at the confluence of two streams that meet here to form the River Oglio, the village is crossed by numerous small wooden bridges, but its name derives from the medieval name “Dalania” that later became “Dalegno”.
Ponte di Legno still preserves the signs that the Great War left on the territory: trenches and structures built by the soldiers, but also a museum, with reconstructions of environments, artefacts, and period films. For experienced mountaineers with a passion for via ferratas, we recommend the Sentiero dei Fiori.
A 20-minute cable car ride from the village takes you to the Presena glacier (2,700-3,000 metres), 4 kilometres from the Tonale Pass, a destination for both winter and summer skiing. From June to September, a rather demanding hike leads to Lake Aviolo in the Adamello Brenta Nature Park.
Much simpler, but just as enjoyable is the walk to Lake Valbione, a route of about 45 minutes from the Ponte-Tonale cable car. For families with children, there is the hamlet of Case di Viso, known for its houses that preserve the original brick architecture and the beautiful landscape of woods and green glades.