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MTB tour along the Old Val di Fiemme Railway Line

The route between Egna and San Lugano overcomes 800 m of altitude difference - the famous “Vecia Ferrovia” follows the track of the Old Val di Fiemme Railway Line.

Our MTB tour starts at the Piazza Municipio square in Egna and leads towards north to the hamlet of Vill where we turn into the main road towards Montagna (Montan). The route proceeds through a landscape characterised by vineyards and oak trees, on the left hand site there are the ruins of Castelfeder on a hilltop. At the junction to Montagna we branch off on the right towards the village centre and right before it and past the playground we turn into the path on the right. It proceeds to the former train station of Montagna. 100 metres further the asphalt road ends - instead of cycling downhill to Pinzano (Pinzon) we choose the gravel path which represents the Old Val di Fiemme Railway Line. A real highlight!

It’s a legendary track which leads through tunnels and over viaducts through wine regions and the deciduous and coniferous forests of the Monte Corno Nature Park. The track was built with great difficulties by Russian POWs in some years’ time under Austrian leadership. In the Sixties the Old Val di Fiemme Railway Line - connecting the main villages of the valley - was replaced by public bus. The benefits of this former railway line are the slightly but constantly uphill sections straight to the Passo San Lugano. On the last section to Fontanefredde (Kaltenbrunn) the trail becomes rougher.

Some of the highlights along the route are the bridge near Aldino (known as “Small Europe Bridge” because of its height), the vineyards in the surroundings of Montagna, the forests of the Monte Corno Nature Park and the old train stations from bygone times. The Passo San Lugano pass marks the border between South Tyrol and the Trentino. Only the section on the crowded Dolomite road is less pleasant. If the downhill ride seems to be too bumpy you can choose the above mentioned Dolomite road and enjoy the views on the Valle dell’Adige valley.

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this cycle tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Egna, Piazza Municipio square (in front of the town hall)
Destination: San Lugano Church (on the border between South Tyrol and the Trentino)
Access to the route: from the villages of Egna, Ora and Montagna
Cycling time: about 2.5 hours
Distance: approx. 25 km
Altitude difference: 865 m (slightly but constantly uphill) - Egna: 235 m, San Lugano: 1,100 m asl
Surface: section Egna-Montagna: asphalt road, Montagna-San Lugano: gravel road

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