In this first stage, we find Maso San Bartolomeo in Romeno where we can admire the precious and ancient church of the hospice for pilgrims, documented back in 1213. Continuing a little further we reach the church of S. Antonio in Romeno, precious for the cycle of frescoes on the outer walls dedicated to the most famous miracle attributed to St. James of Compostela, commonly known as the legend of the hanged. Other important signs concerning the devotion to San Giacomo di Compostela are to be found in Fondo where we can admire various frescoes dedicated to the Saint.
Overall, this beautiful stage is quite challenging both for its length and for the altitude gain, but it does not have very steep climbs except for the short one that leads from the gorge of San Romedio to Salter. The average walking time, excluding breaks, is around 7-8 hours, depending on physical condition and walking speed.
It is advisable to divide this first stage in two, taking into account the length, the altitude gain and above all the wealth of historical and cultural heritage.
Before embarking on the Jacopeo Path, ask for the Pilgrim's Credential. It will be sent free of charge directly to your home address! To request it, write to the Azienda per Il Turismo Val di Non: email@example.com
The stamp to be affixed on the Pilgrim's Credential is located at:
Sanzeno - Church of Santi Martiri
Romeno - Church of San Bartolomeo
Romeno - Church of Sant'Antonio Abate, near the Cemetery
Cavareno - Church of SS. Fabiano and Sebastiano
Fondo - San Martino parish church
The Path is well signposted, with the presence of the symbol of the stylised shell in yellow and various tables indicating the way. You can follow ancient paths connecting small towns and ancient roads that led to the sanctuaries, destination of pilgrimages. There are short stretches of roads with little traffic.
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
Getting thereFrom the A22 Brenner motorway, take the Trento North exit and continue in the direction of Val di Non on the SS43. In Dermulo follow the fork on the right towards Passo della Mendola until you reach Sanzeno after a few kilometres.
ParkingFree parking at the Basilica dei Santi Martiri in Sanzeno.
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EquipmentAnyone who sets out and wants to get to their destination without problems must wear a good pair of comfortable shoes, preferably with a sculpted sole (like Vibram) and ankle protection (like hiking pedules), but in which the foot is firmly fixed to prevent the formation of blisters or, worse still, risk a sprain. It is also good to have a stick (or better still, telescopic sticks) to help you along the way, especially in some more challenging passages.
Basic Equipment for Pilgrim Walks
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- Religious objects and material as required
Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Pilgrim ID card
- Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.