If soaring peaks get your pulse racing, a trip east of Trento to a group of stunningly bare peaks called the Pale di San Martino is unmissable. Now 2000m above sea level, the range was formed as a coral reef sixty million years ago – white shells crunch underfoot as you walk, and the pale rock reflects light, even at dawn. The Pale are part of the Parco Naturale Paneveggio, an area of gently rolling woods and summer pastures with many walks, trails and campsites. The nearest resort is San Martino di Castrozza, the terminus for buses travelling from Trento along the Valsugana and the Val di Fiemme.

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