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Sarca River
Under Doctor's Orders:
Fiume Sarca

Story and photos by Tom Weber

ou'd think I'd get enough water during the day – the two, lengthy morning and evening therapeutic baths – that the last thing I'd want to look at during my "free time" is more H2O. Well, just call me Aquaman.

flowers at the Grand Hotel Terme, Trentino region, Italy

From the comfort of the balcony chair at my retreat in the Grand Hotel Terme (GHT), I've been occasionally chillin' out by watching the hypnotic flow of the Fiume Sarca (Sarca River) as it winds its way by Terme di Comano (TdC). Her sound alone is therapeutic, and sometimes it just lulls me to sleep out in the mountain air.

the Sarca River with a flower in the foreground

The Sarca begins its journey fresh from underneath the Mandrone Glacier in the Adamello Range of the Retiche section of the Italian Alps, where the borders of the Lombardy and Trentino Alto Adige regions embrace, gains momentum with each cascading stream that joins its flow, and ends its run as it merges into Lago di Garda, Italy's largest lake.

the Ponte Arche (Arched Bridge over the Sarca River

Only 50-miles long, the Sarca divides TdC and its adjacent community of Ponte Arche (Arched Bridge) right down the middle.

covered wooden alpine bridge over the Sarca River

Those patients seeking the benefits of the therapeutic waters inside the TdC spa-wellness center, but do not stay at the GHT, make it over the Sarca and into the park via either a covered wooden alpine bridge or the three-arched, namesake bridge of Ponte Arche. Either way, the views of the Sarca couldn't be better.

more scenes at the Sarca River

Still overcast and wet, I stayed pretty close to the fort today, but I did stretch my legs once under the cover of an umbrella until the sun finally broke through. During my passeggiata, I was able to capture a few suitable-for-framing shots of the two bridges that cross over, and some of the streams that merge into, the Fiume Sarca as it passes by my temporary neck of the woods.

For complete information on the spa-wellness services at the Grand Hotel Terme, just visit its English-language website.

To learn more about the picturesque Trentino, visit the region's Department for Tourism and Promotion's English-language website.

wall painting at the village of Balbido

The outlook for tomorrow calls for sunny skies. I think I'll take the lens cap off and frame a few houses inside the painted village of Balbido. Care to join me?

Ciao for now.

Related Articles:
Country Roads, Italy; Rome: Basics for Beginners; Norcia, Umbria; Vicenza: The City of Palladio; Vicenza Walks: Piazza dei Signori; Sipping Vino and Savoring Vistas In Tuscany; Traveling in Northern Italy

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Spent time in Sarajevo in the fall of 1973…beer was excellent!

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Hi Tom,

I must say, you're photographs are always amazing. They are top notch. You bring so much class to Traveling Boy. It's photographs like yours that make me want to go out and do my own traveling. Please don't get tired of sending us your amazing adventures. It's such a delight for the soul.

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Hi Tom:

I'm also an American living in Italy. I've read with interest your blog and articles. I'd like to speak with you regarding residency and citizenship for Americans in Italy as you do seem to have a great deal of knowledge on all of these subjects. Would it be possible to give you a call on the phone? If so, please let me know how to reach you. If not, I can ask my questions via email.

Thank you!

--- David

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Hey Tom – Wow! Love those photos – they are so super that they make me A) Want to start eating NOW. B) Go there myself. C) See all that pristine beauty that looks so restful and peaceful. Great story, superb pix!!! Bravo!!

--- John, Los Angeles, CA

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Good job, Tom, and timely info. St. Émilion is in the list of places Jim Hayes and I will visit in September 2014. If we get the chance, we will exploit your experience to enhance the trip!

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Feedback for Vicenza Walks – Monte Berico

I lived in Vicenza for 4 years in the U.S. ARMY from 1963 to 1967. A wonderful place to explore. Palladio’s works are amazing. Have been back twice since and find new places to visit. My favorite is MONTE BERICO where I have some wonderful photos of my family.

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I liked the new TB particularly the Vicenza article that took me back as a youth when we lived in Naples and travelled up there for a baseball tourney (U.S. Military Bases dependent schools played each other.)

Took me back to the plaza.

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Very interesting note. I have wedroned which route the early pre-Christian and Christian pilgrims travelled to Rome from England. Is it still possible to travel the Francigena trail?

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Good article, enjoyed reading it. Saved your recommended sights for future use.

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You're going to be great at this Tom. Congrats.

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