Under Doctor’s Orders: Lago di Molveno
If you’re joining this “string” late, let me bring you quickly up to speed.
Under doctor’s orders, I’m undergoing two weeks of water therapy at the Terme di Comano to treat a skin disorder that’s been nagging me for quite some time. In between my two-a-day thermal baths, I’ll be out and about with my camera gear documenting where to go, what to see, and, no doubt, what to eat and drink. I’m calling this series, Under Doctor’s Orders. Here’s the second dispatch.
No matter the language you speak, Molveno — the camera-ready, picture-postcard perfect, lakeside village at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites in the vast Adamello Brenta Nature Park of Italy’s Trentino Alto Adige region — will welcome you, and countless other visitors from around the globe, with open arms.
And, why not? Molveno’s a jewel of a locale — actually a pearl, according to the late Antonio Fogazzaro, a 19th century Italian novelist — with the snow-capped peaks above reflecting off the glassy surface of the town’s namesake lake — Lago di Molveno — below.
It was here in tiny Molveno that tourism was first introduced into the Trentino, and has attracted many a VIP from international high society, including King Albert I of Belgium who was a frequent guest and enjoyed blending in anonymously with the locals.
During summertime, the lake is used for swimming, sailing, canoeing and windsurfing. And its lush green park, with loads of picnic tables and benches, is the ideal place just to relax, bask in the sun, and lay out a checkered tablecloth with all the fixins.
Unfortunately, the lift is currently out of commission, but it’ll be back in operation for the start of the winter season. So, it looks like I’ll be going up the old-fashioned way, on foot, to get a panaromaic view of the breathtaking Brenta Dolomites. Be on the lookout for that post, or news about my unfortunate demise.
Meanwhile, back down at lake level, Molveno proudly waves the Bandiera Arancione (orange flag) of the Italian Touring Club, symbolic of the town’s high-quality, environmentally sound tourism. It goes without saying that Molveno’s squeaky-clean appearance is the major draw for this community of just over 1,100 year-round residents.
This being the middle of October, Molveno is now tucked under the covers of its off-season hibernation, and that probably explains why my lenses and me pretty much had the lake and the village all to ourselves. Just click on an individual frame for its full-screen version.
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