The Brenta Group is a mountain range located in Western Trentino. In the north, it borders on the Val di Sole; in the south on the Val Giudicarie; in the east on San Lorenzo, Molveno, and the Val di Non; in the west on the Val Rendena.
The whole Group is part of the Adamello-Brenta Nature Park. An application has been filed with UNESCO to designate it as a World Heritage Site.
The Brenta Group can be divided into three parts:
- The southern area (bordering on the Valli Giudicarie) is a treasure trove for nature lovers and is relatively secluded (except inthe vicinity of Cima Tosa).
- The central part (bordering on San Lorenzo, Molveno, Madonna di Campiglio, and the Val Rendena) is the best-known and most crowded area of the Group. It includes its highest and most famous peaks: Cima Brenta (3155m), Cima Tosa (3173 m), and Campanil Bass as well as several mountain refuges and the most famous fixed-rope route of the whole range: the ‘Bocchette’.
- The northern area (bordering on the Val di Non) is the wildest and remotest of the three. The hikes to the mountain refuges are longer and the access paths are more difficult.
Adamello Brenta Natural Park
The Adamello-Brenta Natural Park is the biggest protected area in Trentino, with the biggest variety of fauna in the alpine chain. It includes all mountain species, in particular the brown bear recently re-introduced to this area.
The park covers an area of 618 sq. km; it includes two large zones separated by Val Rendena, most of the mountain chain of Adamello-Presanella to the west and the entire chain of Gruppo di Brenta to the east. The granite chain of the Adamello-Presanella offers imposing peaks that rise to over 3000 metres a.s.l.
From the broad glaciers that hug the peaks spring impetuous waters that flow to the valley forming majestic waterfalls. Lakes are common and Lake Tovel is universally known for the blood-red colour of its waters in summer.
Near Molveno the Adamello Brenta Park created some Museum of Park (casee del Parco): in Spormaggiore you find the Bear house (casa dell’orso), in San Lorenzo the House of yesteryear (casa di una volta) and in Stenico the House of Flora (casa della Flora).
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