Canale di Tenno
Story and photos by Tom Weber
to the Trentino Alto Adige region of northern Italy in search of a cure,
a water cure, to diminish the effects of a skin disorder that's bothered
me for some time. Aside from my two-a-day, medically prescribed thermal
baths, little did I know that I would be surrounded by H20 outside the
tub, too, no matter where I turned: lakes, streams, rivers, waterfalls,
babbling brooks and DANGNAMIT! rainy days.
And, the latest Under Doctor's Orders
photo-shoot destination is no exception: Canale di Tenno (CdiT). All
together now: kah-NAH-lay dee TAY-noh.
A rural village christened way back in
1211, CdiT sits quietly between Lago di Garda below and the Brenta Dolomites
above where it has survived the test of time almost intact.
The name Canale (canal or waterway)
seems to derive its origin from the wealth of water that surrounds this
Borghi piu belli d'Italia (The most beautiful villages of Italy)
since it broke through the rocks of the early Middle Ages.
Adored by visitors, CdiT is a living, breathing,
open-air museum of classic medieval stone architecture that weaves its
way through a labyrinth of barrel vaults, underpasses, alleyways and
galleries. Looking at it from the shooter's side of the lens, though,
the village is one of the hardest locales to photograph due to its narrow
dimensions, but I was up for the challenge.
South of the village, make your way up
a cobblestone walkway, turn a corner and then let the WOW factor hit
you right in the kisser: one stone-and-mortar underpass and alleyway
after another merging into small, narrow, sky's-the-limit piazzette
Meander around and you'll spy quaint little
shops selling crafts, artisan foods, and locally produced products.
Big on the annual calendar is CdiT's Natale di Tennese (A Tenno-style
Christmas) that unfolds from December to early January and features
living nativity scenes, choirs, concerts and an open-air market of local
products, like olive oil, wine, grappa, chestnuts, honey and crafts.
Not be overlooked is CdiT's Casa degli
Artisti (House of the Artists), a cultural center that was created
in the 1960s following the restoration of a series of attached stone
houses that share a large backyard garden with panoramic views of the
valley below. Inspired by its harmonious location and natural beauty,
many an artist and cultural figure spend their free time here on holiday
to recharge their creative juices. They stay for free, but donate back
to the House the work they create during their sojourn in CdiT.
After you've combed every nook and cranny
inside CdiT's walls, stroll down the hill for a view of picture-postcard
perfect Lago di Temmo and it's its incomparable turquoise blue water,
among the very cleanest H2O in the Trentino.
Canale di Tenno, one of Italy's most beautiful
villages, is a little jewel of a time capsule that's stuck permanently
somewhere in the Middle Ages. Tick-tock, tick-tock...
To learn more about the hidden treasures
of the Trentino, visit the
region's Office of Tourism website. And, for a complete listing
of all seven of the villages of the Trentino Alto Adige that are designated
as the most beautiful in all of Italy, just
Join me again next time as I continue to
follow my doctor's orders and meet up with an award-winning vintner
at his fully organic winery in Valle dei Laghe.
Ciao for now.
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