The dense forest on the western flank of the Roen is home to two locations dedicated to a hermit and a bishop respectively.
You can reach the locations by biking on a demanding yet varied route which starts in Coredo: let your mind wander as you take in the scenery, which includes two artificial lakes above the aforementioned locations.
The tour kicks off with gradually more demanding climbs until you reach the cement ramp towards Malga Smarano: this is where you will have to give all you’ve got to overcome the course.
The first part of the route to Malga Sanzeno develops on a demanding, technical hiking path. The second part leads to the Vescovo hut, and then continues on a pleasant forest path to the legendary Sanctuary of San Romedio.
Return to Coredo by taking a steep forest path.
Rest stopsBar Ristorante Due Laghi
Ristorante Pizzeria Nardi's
Stop for a refresher at the foot of the sanctuary.
If you want to top up your water bottle, you’ll have to wait until Malga San Zeno.
Take an energy bar or two.
Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.
Tips and hints
How did people let go of their ‘modern’ lives when wifi and wellness centres still weren’t a thing? They embraced an hermetic lifestyle and dwelled in wild forests.And their heritage has transcended time, landing in our days, where many people follow in their footsteps in admiration and respect. And some of them may very well choose this route which coasts by the Vescovo Hut and the Sanctuary of San Romedio.
Legend goes that San Romedio was on his way to Trento. It was a strenuous horse ride and, upon entering the forest, a bear slew his horse.San Romedio talked to the beast and miraculously tamed it. From that moment onwards, the bear never left his side. Nobody knows what he said to the bear. To be fair, knowing how truthful this legend is isn’t of importance. What matters is that the hermitage became an important sanctuary over the course of the centuries. Everyone falls under its spell and the suggestive beauty of the location and its buildings built atop a rocky outcrop. An extensive fence is located at the feet of the monastery’s walls and within it rests a bear held in captivity.
Normally, this is an older bear that has been freed from a circus, and this is a way it can grow old with some dignity. If you’re lucky enough, you may get to see the bear.