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Swimming

 

The two lakes of Levico and Caldonazzo, about 15-20 minutes drive away from Roncegno, provide excellent swimming facilities at their private beaches or Lidos, open late June to early September. July/August average water temperature is 24°c. Entrance is charged, but the beaches are kept meticulously clean, and offer all the facilities which both parents and children are likely to want.

  The Lido at Levico
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Lake Levico   Levico (tel. 0461 706221) is the quieter, and smaller, of the two lakes; no motor-driven boats are allowed on the lake. Its beaches lie below the town of Levico, from which the lake stretches finger-like for over a mile into the hills. Development is very limited: over 90% of the banks are made up of woods and vineyards sloping steeply down to the water. Hiring a rowing boat or pedalo you can take a picnic and explore the unspoilt banks. Caldonazzo is far larger in comparison, and offers more facilities: water-skiing, wind-surfing, canoeing and sailing - it is possible to hire out sailing dinghies such as lasers and wayfarers. There are at least two sailing schools offering courses designed for children and beginners, the C.U.S. at San Cristoforo al Lago (tel. 0461 530053), and the Associazione Velica Trentina at Valcanover (tel. 0461 548020). More information from the tourist offices in Roncegno or Levico.
    Locally in Roncegno there is a large swimming pool five minutes walk from Villa Gordon in the park of the Palace Hotel: it also has a paddling pool for toddlers.
     
   

Tennis

Roncegno boasts a total of 11 tennis courts, three in the park of the Palace Hotel, and eight below the village at the Sports Centre (tel. O461 773337). These can be easily booked by the hour; equipment is also available for hire.

     
   
 

Golf

There is a three-hole mini course and putting green at the Sports Centre below Roncegno, while further afield at Asiago and Folgaria (about 45 minutes drive) there are 9 and 18 hole golf courses.

     
   

Walking

The Valsugana offers walking for all skill and fitness levels. Above Roncegno stands the graceful Mount Fravort (a corruption of German, originally signifying 'Guardian of Women'). At 2,340 metres Fravort stands over the summer pastures which have many easy and clearly marked walks, Connecting the many mountain 'Baitas', or rural bars, and rifugios. Fravort also marks the beginning of the long ridge of the Lagorai, which leads (after five days on foot, or two hours by car) to the very impressive Dolomites of the Pale di San Martino, overlooking San Martino di Castrozza. Here there are walks and climbs for the very adventurous: the 'vie ferrate', or iron ladders climbing up vertiginous cliff faces.

   

 

There are good quality 1:25,000 scale maps of the 'Edizioni Turistiche GEOgrafica' available at newsagents in the village, showing all the local walks, which are also clearly marked and numbered on the ground. Further information, and details of organised guided walks, is available from the tourist office in Roncegno

  Rifugio Serot above Roncegno
     
   
 

Bicycling

Mountain bikes are available for hire in the village, for cycling both along the valley bottom and up in the summer pastures. Contact: Signor Conci at the Tamoil Garage on the road out of Roncegno to Borgo (tel. 0461 764749).

     
   

Hang Gliding

There is a local hang gliding club based in Roncegno. Those brave enough to try it can launch themselves off the mountains - accompanied by an instructor. The experience is seriously one for the advanced thrill seeker, with a drop of almost two kilometres from the mountains to the valley bottom; however many complete amateurs with no previous experience have done it, survived, and even enjoyed it! More details from the tourist office or the Club Parapendio Roncegno, tel. 0461 773337 or 0461 724022.

 
     
   

White Water Rafting

To the west of Trento in the Val di Sole there is a white water rafting centre on the River Noce (tel. 0463 973278). Parties can book and be taken down the 15 kilometre course on rafts of a minimum of six passengers, with transport arranged to and from the centre. See the local tourist office in Roncegno for more details.

     
   
 

Pony Trekking

The hills and mountains of the Valsugana provide the perfect environment for pony trekking. There are two local centres which provide anything from 20 minute sessions for the very young or inexperienced to whole day excursions. The Centro Mascalcia at Spagolle near Borgo (tel. 0461 762399/0461 752240) and the 'Maneggio alla Vedova' near Levico (tel. 0461 706186).

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