Via Verde and Sentee di Sort; two tiny gems from Carate to Rovenna
The Via Verde runs from Laglio to Moltrasio: it may not be as famous as the Green Way, but the charm of the lake and little villages is the same plus it provides spectacular vistas over Lake Como.
The route wends it ways through centuries-old villages and past rocky ledges planted with olive trees, villas exuding old-world charm and churches of Romanesque origin, plus plenty of quiet spots from where you can drink in the views.
Once at Moltrasio, we ascend to the hamlet of Casarico, from where you can visit the Cascata di Cam, or Cascata di Moltrasio as it is also known. What better place than a waterfall to rest and cool down.
Just after that we join the Sentee di Sort trail: a short yet enjoyable walk through verdant countryside with plenty of scenic glimpses and panoramic vistas over Lake Como. The trail climbs gradually up to Rovenna.
The route takes us to a place called Niasc and through the quarries where they extracted Moltrasio stone, which was made famous by the Maestri Comacini, the Comacine master stonemasons. The quarries first opened when the Ancient Romans settled by Lake Como and built bridges and roads. They continued to operate down the centuries and throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance before finally closing at the beginning of the twentieth century.
From Rovenna we follow the route back to return to Carate.
Ready to walk with us?
EXPECTED DURATION: 6 hours – Departure: 9:00 – Finish: 15:30 approx.
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY (rated from 1 to 5): ▼▼▼
PHYSICAL RATING (rated from 1 to 5): ♥ ♥ ♥
ROUTE LENGTH: 9 km there and back
ELEVATION DIFFERENCE: 300 m
FROM: Carate Urio
TO: Rovenna, and then back to Carate Urio
WHAT TO PACK: Hiking gear – we recommend hiking boots, a backpack, seasonally-appropriate clothing, telescopic trekking poles, water and food. Please don’t forget your mask and disinfectant.
The route is easy enough and without any particular technical difficulties, but we still ask that you are fit before attempting this hike.
The route may need to be changed based on the environmental conditions to ensure the safety of the entire group.
YOUR GUIDE FOR THIS EXCURSION: MARTINA TARONI, Interpretive nature guide
My name is Martina and I’m an interpretive nature guide (and a member of AIGAE – the Italian Association for Professional Interpretive Nature Guides).
I was born and raised in Moltrasio, a small village on the banks of Lake Como.
I’m excited to have the chance to show you the land I love and reveal its secrets and traditions.
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