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Val Genova and Nardis waterfalls: nature & culture

Hiking trail · Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
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    Nardis waterfalls
    Photo: Paolo Bisti, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
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Lovely walking for discovering the crystal clear waters of Val Genova, admiring the frescos of the S. Stefano church, the old glass factory and the chestnut tree.

Distance 7.4 km
3:00 h
149 m
149 m
941 m
792 m

Pleasant outdoor suitable for everybody, discovering some of the most hidden jewels of Val Rendena. The itinerary starts from the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Potere (built at the beginning of the the nineteenth century), then goes on toward the well-known Nardis waterfalls, passing the old glass factory.

From here, along a circular path alongside the Sarca river, the path reaches the Gothic-Romanesque church of Santo Stefano, castled on the granite cliff overlooking the valley. The southern facade is frescoed by Simone Baschenis; the main subject is Danza Macabra: the Death is shown as a dance that warn all people about its inescapability; moreover, the seven Capital vices are represented (1519-1532). The itinerary continues down to the green area with some big centuries-old chestnut trees.

Author’s recommendation

Get the audioguide at the local Pro Loco tourist office. It will suggest you historical-architectural information, points of interest and local natural wonders.
Highest point
941 m
Lowest point
792 m
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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.

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Sanctuary of Madonna del Potere, Carisolo (795 m)
46.169714, 10.751547
46°10'11.0"N 10°45'05.6"E
32T 635210 5114395


Sanctuary of Madonna del Potere, Carisolo

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Potere, go on to the old glass factory, turning into the paved road, behind the church. After passing the historical buildings of the old glass factory of the Pernici family, pass the Sarca river over two wooden bridges. Then, once reaching the opposite side of the river, continue on the right along a little path of stones and roots for about sixty meters, as far as it arrives in a dirt road. The path continues on the right along the dirt road as far as it meets a narrow bend on the left. Here you can choose to take the path along the river or to take the dirt road and then the paved road, along the dam of Val Genova.

When you reach the paved road, keep left along the dam as far as you arrive at about 20-30 meters before the bridge. Here do not cross the bridge but take the path in the wood along the river as far as you reach the refuge in front of the amazing Nardis waterfalls.

For the return, cross the bridge and stay on the left side of the river following the paved road or along the parallel “waterfalls path”, just some meters above the road. After about a couple of kilometers, passed the dam, leave the paved road and take the dirt road on the right towards the Santo Stefano church. Here admire the facade with the frescos of Danza Macabra and the view over the valley from the “3 Crosses”.

Go down to the village, less than a kilometer from the church, and reach the century-old chestnut trees in a green zone with a picnic/barbecue area, some wooden tables and benches. In the end, go back to the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Potere along the main road or following the Way of the Cross capitals.


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Public transport

Little train and bus shuttle from Pinzolo and Spiazzo along Val Genova during the summer (from the end of June to the beginning of September) from/to Val Genova.

  • Check online the timetable and the ticket’s rates of the summer transports or get the specific leaflet at the tourist office in San Giacomo square.
  • See also the timetable of the Trentino Trasporti buses -

Getting there

Once arrived in Carisolo, 2 km north of Pinzolo along the SS239 main road towards Madonna di Campiglio, follow directions to the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Potere, in the country south of the village, near the soccer field.


Free car park, even if not very big, near the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Potere


46.169714, 10.751547
46°10'11.0"N 10°45'05.6"E
32T 635210 5114395
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7.4 km
3:00 h
149 m
149 m
Highest point
941 m
Lowest point
792 m
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