At this precise moment I feel so much envy for all those who are on holiday in Trentino Alto-Adige or are planning to go there shortly.
To escape this scorching heat, I would definitely come back!
But let’s not digress, today I want to talk about them … the Stanghe Waterfalls.
These fantastic gorges dug by Rio Racines among white marble walls are located near Racines, a small Italian town near Vipiteno, between the Racines Valley and the Ridanna Valley.
The trek starts almost softly taking the path in the woods, among tall trees and the gurgling of the water.
After the first part of the trek you find yourself swallowed up among the gorges with passages on footbridges and wooden bridges from which you can admire the creation of nature.
The view is truly breathtaking .. some bridges are literally suspended in the air!
Bridge after bridge the difference in altitude increases more and more until you reach the observation points very close to the falls. Here we find ourselves truly immersed in nature.
The trek ends by reaching the village of Jaufensteg where you will also find the nice family-run Gasthof Jaufensteg Restourant/Hotel, where you can take a break and refresh yourself and eat something.
We had lunch here, the dishes are typical of South Tyrolean cuisine and we ate really well. The owners, even if they have some difficulty speaking in Italian, are very kind and hospitable.
To return to Racines there are 3 possible options:
you can return back from the path of the falls, you can take the bus that takes to the city waiting for the stop you will find on the road at the end of the path (in front of the hotel), or, as we did, you can follow the alternative paths that border the Rio.
In particular we have decided to follow the path 1A up to Stanghe, the journey time is about 90 minutes for beginners like us.
The trail starts a few meters after the path of the falls … you will recognize it because it starts with a large asphalt climb on the opposite side of the hotel.
Don’t worry, the path is full of signs and there is no risk of getting lost.
At about half way point you will enter the woods and pass next to the ruins of Castel Reifenegg. It was built in 1220 to control the “Passo del Giovo” road but over the years it was abandoned and fell into disrepair in the 17th century.
Today it is possible to see the ruins of the walls and the palace while the tower has remained standing.
This experience was fantastic. The route allows you to get in touch with nature and experience the adventure of walking through these deep gorges, almost being suspended in the air.
We really recommend it to everyone … especially for families with children. It’s a nice experience to do all together.
Where to park:
- We reached Racines by car. We have parked in a large free parking lot near the Sportzone Bar Sportzone – Gufler Hildegard. From this point, following the signs, take a tree-lined avenue that leads right to the entrance to the Stanghe Waterfall Trail (Gilfenklamm)
Waterfall opening and entrance:
- From May to early November, every day from 9:30 to 17:30. In the months of July and August from 9:00 to 18:00
- Admission costs € 4 for adults, € 2 for children aged 6 to 14, € 3.50 for groups of minimum 20 people.
Technical data of the route:
- Length: 2.5 Km
- Difference in height: 175 m
- Walking time: 60 minutes uphill (we advise you to go slowly and enjoy the route), 30-45 minutes downhill.
- It is a route suitable for families with children or animals. If you have very young children you should transport them in a baby carrier, with the stroller it would be impossible to walk because of the steps and paths with roots and rocks.
- Dress in layers because the temperatures along the way change.