Snowshoeing, or walking with snowshoes, has become a very popular sport in recent years, but it also takes us back in time. In the past, our grandparents had to use wooden snowshoes to move more comfortably during the winter months when heavy snowfalls prevented easy travel.
Walking through snowy forests allows us to discover the tracks left by animals and to get to know a different, yet equally magical, nature compared to the summer.
Val di Rabbi, with its vast untouched spaces, is perfect for snowshoe excursions. In the valley, there are six marked trails with directional arrows and signs bearing the “snowshoe” logo.
Val di Rabbi is a paradise for ski mountaineering enthusiasts. Unlike traditional skiing, there is no need for slopes and ski lifts to practice it.
With our skis and seal skins, we can ascend and reach the winter-opened mountain huts, where we can enjoy a typical dish and rest.
On the way back, an exhilarating descent awaits us surrounded by breathtaking scenery, characterized by small human settlements and slopes of larches and firs, which will certainly reward the effort of the ascent.
For thrill-seekers in winter, the spectacular amphitheater of the Cascate di Valorz transforms into one of the most popular Ice Climbing Arenas in the Alps. Ten impressive frozen waterfalls with varying levels of difficulty and vertical drops ranging from 100 to 250 meters dominate the landscape.
The Valorz circus consists of six main waterfalls: Cascata Madre, Cascata degli Angeli, Cascata del Salto Mortale, Cascata della Grotta, Cascata del Sentiero, and Sputo di Rospo. In addition to these, there are also four secondary waterfalls.
For true ice climbing enthusiasts, the site of extreme natural beauty located in Val di Saent, within the Stelvio National Park, is a must-visit: here you can find three different icefalls that are aesthetically pleasing and provide great satisfaction.
… starting from €59 per person, including a rich breakfast, dinner with local products, and an afternoon snack upon return. There is no minimum stay, but a small supplement may be applied on weekends.
The Campiglio Dolomiti di Brenta ski area comprises 150 km of interconnected ski slopes. It is the largest ski resort in Trentino, highly appreciated by both experienced and beginner skiers, with stunning views of the Dolomiti di Brenta. The resort also features a magnificent Snow Park for freestyle enthusiasts!
Getting to the ski lifts is easy, as they are only about a half-hour drive from Val di Rabbi, and we’ll take care of the ski pass for you!
Sledding allows us to reminisce about our childhood winters. To fully enjoy this experience, we can hike up the woods, even with the help of snowshoes.
For winter 2023, we propose a dinner at Malga Fratte, accessible by snowmobile. You can savor a typical dish of your choice, either a first course and dessert, or a main course with side dish and dessert, including water and wine. At the end of the evening, you will have the option of returning on a sled.
All that’s left is for us to hop on our sled and enjoy an exhilarating descent through the snowy forest.
During the Christmas season, both Val di Rabbi and the nearby Val di Sole have some surprises in store that create a truly magical atmosphere.
Val di Rabbi comes to life as the “Valley of Nativity Scenes“. Starting from Pracorno, the old farmhouses come alive with handcrafted figures that accompany us to Piazzola, where the Nativity scene is located inside another old farmhouse.
The characters are life-sized and are made by local craftsmen and artists. They can be found in all the villages, and we can admire them as they perform the traditional tasks of the past.
In Ossana, in Val di Sole, about half an hour from the Alpen Hotel, we can discover the magic of nativity scenes. During the Christmas season, the village sets up about 1500 nativity scenes, almost twice the number of inhabitants.
We can find them everywhere: in the ancient and suggestive castle of San Michele, in the village fountains, on window sills, along the streets, in the old “courtyards” of the houses. They are made with various materials, from wood to cork. Everyone contributes, starting from the local school classes, but in recent years, some have even arrived from Venezuela or directly from Bethlehem.
We must not miss the characteristic Christmas markets. Those in Trento can be reached by the train that departs from Malè station, while those in Bolzano or Merano are about an hour and a half drive away. The novelty of this year is that the markets will also take place in our splendid Val di Rabbi!
This winter we have decided to offer all of our guests a new wonderful experience for their senses. The woods come directly into our hotel so we can discover all the beneficial effects of being in touch with nature.
Our expert Margherita Decarli will guide us in a little barefoot path in which we will walk on pine cones, lichens, conifer branches, wood shavings and snow. Thanks to her teachings we will learn how to massage our feet with balsamic ointments and we will get to know better the secrets of resins, all while breathing in relaxing essential oils.
It is a perfect chance to explore nature without even leaving the warm comfort of our beautiful Alpen Hotel Rabbi.
You will be guided by expert naturopath Margherita Decarli through this deep multisensory experience of reconnecting with nature. You will rediscover psychophysical harmony and energy, experiencing the unique sensation of the cold snow contrasted with the warm self-massage you will perform using a balsamic ointment.
Afterwards, you will be treated to a warm herbal tea and a homemade dessert. The experience takes place every Wednesday and Saturday, with mandatory reservation by 12:00 PM on the day of the activity. The cost is 20 Euros per person, and the duration is approximately 2 hours, starting at 3:00 PM. You can book the activity directly on our website before finalizing your reservation.
The cross-country ski track in Val di Rabbi is located in the heart of Stelvio National Park, in the Plan area, 200m beyond the Terme di Rabbi.
It is a 5km loop, and in the evening, a 2km loop is illuminated. The track is always open and free of charge.
NEW: Every Wednesday, there are night lessons with the instructor from 6pm to 8pm. Every Saturday, there are daytime lessons with the instructor from 10am to 12pm. Reservation is mandatory the day before the activity. Ask for information at the time of booking, and we will organize this experience for you!
The Kneipp Path takes its name from its inventor, the German abbot Sebastian Kneipp, who healed from tuberculosis thanks to immersions in the Danube River. Kneipp realized that water, if used correctly, can have enormous benefits for our body.
Just a few meters from our hotel, there is a beautiful Kneipp Path that uses the natural elements of Val di Rabbi and the water that comes directly from the Valorz Waterfalls.
It is a short barefoot path. The trail is paved with natural elements such as wood, bark, various-sized pebbles, and fresh grass. These alternate with sections where the feet immerse in the fresh water from the waterfalls. There are also a cold water basin to reinvigorate leg circulation, a basin for clay packs, and fountains where you can also immerse your face and arms.
It is an experience that can be done every day and is ideal for refreshing and rejuvenating after a long and tiring walk.
Access is free for all our guests.
Forest Bathing, also known as shinrin-yoku in Japanese, is a simple practice that involves spending time immersed in nature. It does not require any special skills and is suitable for everyone. Scientific research has shown that spending time among trees has numerous benefits, such as reducing heart rate, blood pressure, stress, and depression, while boosting immune function.
The Val di Rabbi is the perfect place to practice Forest Bathing. The valley offers a combination of tranquil alpine lakes, thundering waterfalls, breathtaking panoramas, and forests of larch and fir trees that emit an intense resinous scent.
Forest Bathing, or Forest Therapy, is a wellness concept associated with a vacation that involves close contact with nature. Through this practice, we can learn to appreciate the beauty of hiking, not just as a means to reach a destination.
During the walks, it is important to breathe in the pure and fresh mountain air, savoring the many scents of the forest. There’s the pungent smell of resin, the warm and welcoming aroma of the undergrowth, the scent of grass warmed by the sun, and the crisp morning air. Occasionally, it is pleasant to stop and listen to the melody of birdsong and the wind gently caressing the needles of the larch and fir trees. Taking the time to embrace a tree and feel its energy can also be rewarding. At the end of a hike, it is rejuvenating to walk barefoot on the grassy meadow and immerse oneself in the cool waters of a stream. Forest Bathing is a blend of hiking and yoga, a forest spa that utilizes the contact with nature to restore our well-being.
It can be practiced both in summer and winter. During the colder season, wearing snowshoes allows you to enjoy the enchantment of the snowy forest.
In summer, we recommend:
The Park Therapy path, a few meters from the Coler parking lot, near the Saent Waterfalls. It involves walking barefoot in the forest, experiencing the alternating sensations of stones, grass, moss, bark, cones, and tree trunks.
The Kneipp Path, just a few minutes from our hotel.
A few minutes from Alpen Hotel Rabbi, next to the fantastic Kneipp Path, there is a magical playground.
The main attraction is a pond with rafts, which can be used to move from one shore to the other. There are also classic playground equipment such as swings and slides, as well as a friendly bear for climbing.
While parents enjoy some moments of relaxation on the Kneipp Path, children can also find a corner of fun and refreshing water directly from the Valorz Waterfalls!
Recently inaugurated in the woods below the Caldesa and Samocleva mountain huts, “Fruscio” is a path that winds through a beautiful forest of larch and ferns. It is an experience that reminds us, through the simplicity of nature, that we are often too busy talking and making noise to concentrate on listening to what surrounds us.
Getting there is very easy. We leave the car at the Cavallar Parking lot and climb up the road that leads to the Caldesa and Samocleva mountain huts. For the first stretch, we can also choose to follow the trail to Lake Corvo, but the road that winds through the larch trees is definitely more convenient. After a couple of hairpin turns, we reach the junction for “Fruscio,” which is very well signposted, and from here we start our journey.
The first installation we encounter is “Batti Mi,” composed of logs that, when struck with other pieces of wood, emit a beautiful sound. We continue on the road until we can enter the forest, at the location of “Carillarici.” These are chimes built on the trunks of the larch trees: pulling a rope activates the mechanism that makes them play. A few steps ahead, we find a wonderful relaxation area where we can lie down and read amidst the ferns.
Among the branches of a larch tree, we already glimpse “L’Irraggiungibile,” a piano wedged between the branches of the tree, paying homage to Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, a pianist of Brescian origins who often stayed in his summer house in Val di Rabbi. Arriving at “Cielo cielo,” we can sit on the logs and admire the landscape of our beloved valley, and then continue towards “Ascolto panoramico.” These are two wooden “shells” that allow us to listen to the sounds of the forest and the valley.
All in all, it is a very easy path to reach and suitable for everyone, as long as we are willing to remain silent to appreciate the beauty of nature. Since it is a path in the woods, we always recommend wearing appropriate clothing and equipment.
You can start hiking from our hotel!
Alpen Hotel Rabbi recommends Corvo Lake!
The Venetian sawmills are sawmills that operate entirely on the power of the Rabbies Torrent. In Val di Rabbi, there are two of them, completely restored and open to visitors: the Segheria dei Braghje in Rabbi Fonti and the Segheria dei Bègoi.
These particular sawmills spread in Trentino from the 13th century, influenced by the nearby Republic of Venice from which the structures take their name. However, the ones we find in Val di Rabbi date back to the 18th century. They were a true revolution because the physical strength of the workers was replaced by the power of water, making the work much less strenuous.
You can explore them on the “Sawmills Path,” which takes you from Rabbi Fonti to visit the Segheria dei Braghje and then, through a comfortable and pleasant dirt road, leads you to the Segheria dei Bègoi. Guided tours can also be arranged, which are free for Rabbi Card holders.
The Ruatti Mill is located right at the entrance of Val di Rabbi and is another perfect example of the harmony between humans and nature that can be felt in this valley.
Just like the wheels of the Venetian sawmills, the mill’s wheels are also powered by the flow of the valley’s waters.
The mill has been recently restored and is the perfect opportunity to discover the ancient Trentino traditions and the way of life in the past. Inside, we can admire not only the wheels and gears of the mill, still perfectly functional, but also a typical nineteenth-century house that awaits us to reveal all the secrets of the past.
It is the perfect alternative to spend a rainy day exploring the rural life of the past.
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Just a few minutes from Alpen Hotel Rabbi