Mezzano di Primiero is one of the nicest villages in Trentino. In fact, it has been recognized as one of the nicest villages in Italy – and that is not little, in a country that is really packed with charming little towns.
Also known as Mezzano Romantica, this is a place worth visiting, and if you happen to be in the region you should make it a point to go.
So what’s so special about Mezzano di Primiero? Continue reading this post, and you will find out. But first, let me share some practical information on how to get there and where to stay in the area.
Practical Information For Visiting Mezzano di Primiero
How to get to Trentino
There are no airports in Trentino, so you will have to fly to one of the airports in the nearby regions. The best one to reach Trentino is Verona airport. From there, it’s an easy bus ride to the main train station in Verona. Once there you can take one of the many trains headed to Trento or Bolzano – the overall bus and train trip should take you no more than 2 hours. You can check the train timetable for all of Italy and buy train tickets here.
How to get to Mezzano di Primiero
If you plan to visit Trentino, I recommend renting a car – a road trip is the best way to enjoy this beautiful part of Italy. You can check out the prices of car rental here.
It takes about one hour and a half to drive to Mezzano di Primiero from Trento. I honestly do not recommend attempting to get there via public transportation as this will require multiple changes and a trip that will last no less than 4 hours!
I actually walked to Mezzano di Primiero from Fiera di Primiero, a nearby slightly bigger town. It’s a pleasant walk of about 3.5 km that should take you around 40 minutes – all of them downhill and offering breathtaking views of the valley and the surrounding mountains.
Where to stay, eat and drink in Primiero Valley
I didn’t actually stayed in Mezzano di Primiero during my trip to Primiero Valley, but opted for the slightly larger Fiera di Primiero, which has more accommodation and dining options. It’s a pleasant town with a river flowing through it – I recommend a walk along the river for splendid sunset views!
One of the best places in town is Hotel Isolabella, which has comfortable, modern music themed rooms with gorgeous mountain views. The hotel has a bar where you can get a drink and, as most in the region, prices of the stay typically include dinner and breakfast. There also is a spa – perfect to relax after a day of hiking in the Dolomites.
If you are set on staying in Mezzano di Primiero, I have found a lovely small bed and breakfast called Affittacamere Al Pian, with rooms decorated in the traditional local style and all having beautiful mountain views.
If you are looking for a good budget friendly meal in town make sure to head to Il Caminetto, which has an incredible array of pizze all crafted using fresh ingredients – from the classic margherita to all those that use local cheese. They even have lactose free mozzarella and vegan options.
Make sure to accompany your pizza with a Bionoc beer – it’s a tiny local brewery located in Mezzano that crafts fabulous beers. They offer beer tasting tours, but make sure to book in advance!
What To See And Do In Mezzano di Primiero
Mezzano di Primiero is located in Primiero valley, at around 100 km and 90 minutes drive from Trento, the main city of Trentino. It’s a small village of around 1700 inhabitants, set at little over 600 meters above sea level and at the foot of “Pale di San Martino,” among the most famous peaks of the Dolomites.
Primiero valley is simply gorgeous – take my word for it: I have been to Trentino countless time and this easily qualifies as one of the most scenic ones. So just picture this small village of homes built in the traditional local style – sloping roofs, wooden balconies and banisters, colorful flowers pouring over each and every window – and place it against the backdrop of the gorgeous Dolomites, and you can see why it is pretty special and why you really want to visit it.
As I have said before, Mezzano di Primiero is also referred to as Mezzano Romantica. To be honest, the village – though extremely pretty, isn’t romantic – at least not in the cliché sense of the term. I was curious to find out how it got its name, so I did a bit of research and discovered that the name refers to the connection between man and nature, which here remains incredibly romantic.
Mezzano was founded around the year 1000 (though archeological finds testify that human presence in the region is much older than that!) and became famous a few years ago for the many wooden sculptures and piles of wood that are scattered around the village, not just in a casual manner but in very original, elegant forms – so that they literally become art pieces, to the point that when you walk around you feel like you are wandering around an open air museum.
There are so many statues and piles of wood that once you get to the village you should go to the information office to get a map to see where they are located. To be fair, Mezzano di Primiero is so small that you can easily wander around without a map and never get lost – but you may well want some more information about what you see, or follow a specific route for your wanderings.
Another thing you’ll find in Mezzano di Primiero is murals, inscriptions, a bunch of vegetable gardens, and various beautiful, ornate fountains that pour icy cold mountain water – which isn’t just safe to drink, but actually delicious and one of the (many) reasons of pride in the region.
There even is an antique laundry house and an ancient barn which is now a small but well curated ethnographic museum.
What I truly enjoyed about Mezzano – and what I am sure you will love too – is the local, authentic atmosphere. It may be that I visited when it was still off season, but my friends and I were the only visitors when we went, and the locals (including the resident cats and dogs such a Maya, a lovely “tripawd” who wanted to guide us through the most hidden spots) all seemed pretty cool and happy of our presence.
Are you spending some time in Trentino? Make sure to check out my other posts on the region:
- Ten Reasons To Visit Trentino In The Summer
- A Great Itinerary For A Summer Week In Trentino
- Five Short But Rewarding Hikes In The Dolomites Of Trentino
- A Guide To Val Di Sole
- A Complete Guide To Visiting Orrido Di Ponte Alto Gorge, Trentino
Make sure to also read my post “17 Reasons To Visit Italy As Soon As Possible.”
Legal Disclaimer: I was a guest of the Tourism Board of Trentino and Trentino Marketing during my trip to Primiero Valley, and wish to thank them for the incredible experience. Needless to say, all the views expressed in this post remain my own.