Lake Garda Trentino part
Castel Drena was erected during the twelfth century, probably on a pre-existing prehistoric village, and in 1175 it was sold by the Lords of Saiano to the family of Arco, which made it an efficient instrument of control over the area between Garda and Trento. In the 18th century, during the Spanish Civil War, Castel Drena was attacked and set on fire by the French-Spanish army. After a long period of decadence, which lasted until today, the Autonomous Province of Trento took care of submitting the manor to a careful restoration. Castel Drena is mostly a Romanesque building which presents, however, some gothic and sixteenth-century elements. The characteristic elements of the imposing structure are the high ghibelline battlement on which the 27-meter quadrangular tower stands out. The imposing central tower offers a splendid view of the valley and the Marocche, the unusual rock formations carved by the ice that you cross going down towards the area of Arco. Inside Castel Drena there is a permanent Museum of archaeological finds, concerning all the restoration work. The Ferrata di Castel Drena offers the possibility to undertake a simple equipped path that goes up a gorge below the castle. Opening hours: all February open only on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 March to 31 October: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm from November to December open on Saturdays and Sundays Paid admission For further information: Castel Drena Via al Castello, 2 - Drena tel . + 39 0464 541220 Marocche di Dro An arid biotope in the Sarca valley (250 m The trail through the Marocche follows a ring itinerary of about 2 and a half hours. The journey through various stages, accompanied by explanatory signs, tells the various stages of evolution and its characteristics. The Marocche di Dro are a wide and sunny expanse of stones (mar in the local dialect) located in the municipality of Dro. Of post-glacial origin, formed about 200,000 years ago, during the phases of withdrawal of the glaciers, due to the release of the pressure on the sides of the mountains, three large landslides composed of rocky debris precipitated at the bottom of the valley. Weather erosion and weather have further disrupted and modeled this rocky expanse. This stone expanse that stretches for 250 hectares with hills even 250 meters high, is the largest in terms of volume and extension at European level. Given the particular characteristics of the land and of the flora settled, also the fauna is particular, rich in reptiles and birds with little presence of mammals, given the scarcity of food; the whole area has therefore been defined as an area of particular naturalistic interest and therefore protected by the Province of Trento as a rare arid Biotope. Some pebbles are particular and bear traces of the superficial karst Roccaforte to guard the ancient road of the Valle di Cavedine, Castel Drena stands on top of a rocky spur at the foot of which extends the great landslide of the Marocche. Property of the municipality of Drena has been the subject of recent restoration by the Autonomous Province of Trento. Today it houses a permanent museum of finds.