Biotopo lago di Toblino
Lake Toblino is a small lake in the Lakes Valley. This is a very interesting destination and easy to reach: it is located approximately 20 km from Trento, along the Western Gardesana (SS 45 bis), connecting the provincial capital to Riva del Garda.
The lake is in a very peculiar position from a climatic point of view: surrounded by mountains, the basin is chracterised by a submediterranean / Mediterranean flora and fauna, whose life is possible thanks to the influence of Lake Garda. Small in size (about 0.670 sq. Km), the lake is about 14 meters deep, progressively decreasing due to the sedimentation process initiated by the construction of the nearby central Santa Massenza (1951).
You may find interesting walking along the shores of the lake on the wooden walkway, surrounded by canes. You can admire the many species of birds, especially the aquatic ones, among which there are ducks, swans, crags, royal jellyfish, river lichens and Herons cinerini. Flora is lush and it includes pines but also holm oaks, willows and oaks as well as laurel, rosemary, lemon and olive plants. In this regard, since 1992 the lake is a protected area and considered a bitope of the Autonomous Province of Trento.
Those arriving from the north can park near the roundabout of Padergnone and from there they can follow a nice trail which, after its first part, becomes a wooden walkway.
After walking for about 500 metres surrounded by vegetation, on the north bank of the lake you’ll see Castle Toblino, built around 1200 but modernised from the sixteenth century by first Bernardo Clesio, then Madruzzo family and finally Wolkenstein family.
The location is interesting to notice: the building is perched on the small and protected peninsula of the lake, clearly as a defensive strategy. Inside this privately owned castle, you can find a bar and restaurant where you can enter directly from the main door. The bar has an observation deck from which you can admire a wonderful view.
From here I strongly recommend a small deviation from the trail, in order to admire the crenellated walls surrounding the castle and the the wide parkaround it. Normally it is not possible to visit the castle inside, it only opens for particular events such as wedding ceremonies.
Going south, the walkway leads to Maso Toresela, a nineteenth-century villa which used to be Prince Bishop of Trento’s house and which is now a well-known cellar in Trento. Unfortunately, the building is closed to the public as it is exclusively used for weddings.
The walk ends in the village of Sarche where one can have something to eat and drink before going back for about another hour of walk.