fbpx The Via Imperiale from Andalo to Spormaggiore
The Via Imperiale from Andalo to Spormaggiore

The Via Imperiale from Andalo to Spormaggiore

Photo from: ph. Frizzera

The Via Imperiale from the Sporeggio Valley to Banale; a real and virtual way through nature, art and mountain traditions.

The Via Imperiale, also known as Via Traversa, is an ancient Roman way which has been one of the most important connection to the via Francigena, going through Val di Non, the Giudicarie and leading to Lake Garda. Here we are writing about the track from Andalo to Spormaggiore.

  • signal_cellular_alt Difficulty Medium
  • straighten distance 8.83 Km
  • schedule duration 2:34 h
  • arrow_drop_up elevation 119 m
  • arrow_drop_down descent 569 m
  • skip_next highest point 1047 m
  • skip_next lowest point 525 m

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Safety information:



Before leaving, prepare your itinerary well

Take note of the correct trails to take near crossroads and any refreshment points along the way, where you can stop for a break. If you can, download the track to consult it even offline.

Respect the environment and choose a trail suitable for your physical preparation

When hiking in the mountains, remember to leave the sites you visit clean. In addition, take into account length, height variance and any technical difficulties of the trail you have chosen.

Choose suitable equipment and gear

If you go trekking, you must have technical boots, water bottle, rain jacket, food, a headlight battery, any spare parts and a first-aid kit. If you hike over via ferratas or practice climbing, don’t forget the appropriate technical equipment.

Consult the weather reports, …

… especially local ones, that give more specific information. This advice is especially important if you are tackling a via ferrata: before setting off, make sure the weather is stable.

It is always better to complete your adventure in company

This way, you can always count on mutual help in case of difficulty. In the mountains, even a simple sprain can become a problem if you are alone.

Share information about your itinerary with somebody

Tell friends, family or mountain hut managers which itinerary you intend to take and the estimated time of your return. This information can be essential in case of emergency.

Rely on a mountain professional

Alpine guides, mountain hut managers or mid-mountain guides are excellent sources for obtaining useful information on the environmental conditions of mountain routes.

Pay attention to the signage along the way

Follow the signage bearing information on trails (number and destination), and the indications you find along the path, namely the white and red trail signs. Always remember to bring a map of the route (paper or digital) with you.

Don’t hesitate to go back on your steps

If tiredness arises, if you have doubts about the route or if the weather turns bad, it is better to go back along the trail you already completed rather than risk continuing.

In the event of an accident, call 112

When you call, remember to provide information on the exact location of the accident, the activity you were conducting, the number of people involved and their conditions, the weather conditions and the telephone number from which you are calling.


Andalo Life Park


DD 46.16932 , 11.00613 DMS46° 10' 9.5520'' N 11° 0' 22.0680'' E



Public Transis

Trentino Trasporti - line 611 - Local train from Trento to Mezzolombardo (line Trento - Malé). From Mezzolombardo to Andalo take the bus. 

Getting there

If you come from the North side: At the roundabout near motorway exit you turn right on Mezzolombardo. After travel across the village, following the driving direction for Fai della Paganella - Andalo - Molveno 


If you come from the South side: From the motorway exit of Trento Nord you proceed on Val di Non e Altopiano della Paganella, at the exit of Mezzolombardo tunnel you turn on the right on SP 64. You proceed on Fai della paganella - Andalo direction. 



Turn-by-turn directions

From Andalo Life Park you go almost flat to Priori and then downwards to the Thomaschurch near Cavedago. You continue through the Sporeggio Valley and you reach your destination, Spormaggiore.

From this main road, there are some smaller routes, each with unique features. More information are accesible through QR Codes located on the path. With this project, a road, full of history and used by knights and peasants, pilgrims and mechants, shepherds and curators is available for everyone.


Warm clothes, snowshoes, walking poles.


[There is no appointed guide for this route.]

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