The Marcesina Plain: charming views on the Asiago plateau

Cycling through alpine pastures and malghe, enjoying a typical Alpine environment

All the charm of the Altopiano dei Sette Comuni, among the dolomitic views overlooking the Valsugana, on the border between Veneto and Trentino. A bike tour in one of the most evocative places in the Asiago area, immersed in the bucolic atmosphere of alpine pastures and ‘malghe’ surrounded by boundless forests, on the winding paths that were once borderlands between the lands of the Hapsburg Empire and the Republic of Venice.

The essence of the mountain, to be enjoyed experiencing history and nature as well as the local culinary traditions.

Itinerary description:
The ring route is 30 km long, with departure and arrival point in the Rifugio Valmaron-Enego cabin.

Once past the “Centro Fondo di Enego”, take the dirt road on the right that climbs gently towards the nearby Malga Val Bella, Campo di Sopra, and Val Brutta, on the slopes of Colle Val d'Antenne.

Once in Malga Valcoperta di Sotto you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Marcesina Plain and of the highest peaks of the plateau. Then the road reaches Malga Campo Capra di Sotto, winding through a fir forest leading to Riparo Dalmeri, one of the most important archaeological sites of prehistoric art in the Alps with just a small detour (6.5 km in total).

Returning to the main path, now on flat ground, you can reach Malga Scura, an ideal place for a regenerating stop to enjoy Asiago DOP cheese.
Continuing on gentle uphill and downhill stretches, you can reach the most characteristic part of the itinerary at Albergo Marcesina, where you will find a large meadow dotted with alpine pastures and spring blooms.

The last part of the route leads to Rèndole, near the Rifugio Marcesina cabin, before reaching Malga IV° Lotto Valmaron and, finally, Malga 7 Caliere, a dairy production plant.

Technical advice:
The route alternates between asphalt and dirt road with an average difference in height of around 560 m. The morphology of the land is also ideal for easy e-bike excursions.

Points of interest

THE MARCESINA PLAIN
THE MARCESINA PLAIN

The vast plateau is located in the north eastern part of the “Altopiano dei Sette Comuni” between the province of Vicenza and that of Trento. Called the “Finland of Italy” for its orography and harsh climate, it is of considerable importance from both an historical and a naturalistic point of view. Indeed, along the plateau runs the “Sentiero dei Cippi”, a path where thirty stone markers show the old border between the lands of the Republic of Venice and those of the Hapsburg Empire. Moreover, in the northern part there is a small church dedicated to Saint Lawrence: indeed, the Plateau is strewn with stones that, according to local tradition, are the shooting stars thrown by the Saint.

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Technical data

City of departure: Enego

Departure: Enego

City of arrival: Enego

Arrival: Enego

Length (Km): 30

Difficulty: Average

Discipline: Cycling

Type of Itinerary: Half Day

Difference in height (m): 560

Difference in downhill (m): 560

Highest point (m): 1477

Lowest point (m): 1281

Duration (h.): 2

Cities crossed

Enego (VI)