Photo: Simone Mondino, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
A four-day walk along the way of st. Vigilius to discover people and places, past and present, history and spirituality, art and culture - a tale that invites us on a pilgrimage from the Brenta Dolomites to the city of Trento and within the self.
The Cammino di San Vili (The Way of St. Vigilius of Trent), Italy’s “Little Camino de Santiago”, dates back to the 4th century CE, when, according to legend, Vigilius, Bishop of Trent, took this route during his evangelization of the Giudicarie. Its use as a multi-day hike began in 1988 on the initiative of the Trento Mountaineering Club (SAT), promoting it not so much as a pilgrimage but as an excursion to commemorate and reclaim the identity and the values of simplicity and autonomy of these mountains. Recently, it has also been promoted as part of a tourism project of the Sarca River Park (www.camminosanvili.it).
The Cammino di San Vili in a few words?
About a hundred kilometers (65 miles) from Madonna di Campiglio (altitude: 1,500m, or 4,900 ft) to Trento (altitude: 194m, or 636 ft), walking along dirt roads, forest trails, and bike routes, through valleys and fields and over mountain passes, visiting sanctuaries and other places of spiritual importance, and passing through sleepy villages where everyone knows everyone.