Hydroelectric Power Plant
Santa Massenza

 
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A source of clean energy in the heart of the mountain.


An exciting experience that takes visitors right into the heart of a mountain that reveals the wonders of the most powerful power plant in Trentino.

The plant forms part of a structured system which, through a vast network of tunnels, penstocks and hydraulic works, takes water from the peaks of the Adamello to Lake Garda.

The plant building was designed by architect Giovanni Muzio, the brains behind the Università Cattolica and Palazzo della Triennale buildings in Milan, as well as the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

The spectacular turbine room of the Santa Massenza plant, with a volume of over 150,000 m3, is dug completely out of rock at a depth of 600 metres.

 

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Setting 

20 minutes from Trento and Lake Garda is the Valle dei Laghi, a valley where water dominates the landscape with the lakes of Terlago, Santa Massenza, Toblino and Cavedine. The area offers a captivating countryside where alpine and Mediterranean vegetation meet. One famous landmark is the “leccio of Sarche”, an age-old Holm oak tree in the town of the same name, standing 25 metres tall and with a trunk of 5.5 metres in diameter.


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Must-sees

Near the Santa Massenza power plant is Lake Toblino and its enchanting castle, which has long been a popular haunt among artists and poets who drew inspiration from the magic that is all around. Along the road between Dro and Drena is the Marocche biotope, an accumulation of over 180 million cubic metres of rocky material created in the post glacial period. A landscape unique to the entire area of the Alps, dominated by Castel Drena, a medieval fortress open to visitors all year round.

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Outdoor

Pleasant walks can be taken along the shores of lake Santa Massenza, stopping in the play and picnic areas opposite the power plant. There are many other trails offering breathtaking views in the vicinity of the plant.

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Events

Plenty of events take place throughout the year. Not to be missed from 30 May to 2 June is the tenth edition of “Tourlaghi", the exciting stage marathon through the Valle dei Laghi and the Festa dei Portoni in Fraveggio di Vezzano.

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Sport

Rock climbing on the natural rock face of San Siro di Lasino, mountain biking from Vezzano to Calavino, through the Marmitte dei Giganti (Giants’ potholes) or paragliding off Mount Gazza are just some of the options available to sports enthusiasts.

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Gourmet

Santa Massenza is where excellent grappas are made, fruit of the art of ancient distilleries. The location is also famous for black truffles and broccoli. Other local specialities include Nosiola wine and the Slow Food Presidia Vino Santo Trentino DOC, the DOP Dro plum and Drena chestnuts.

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Info & contacts
  • Hydroelectric Power Plant Santa Massenza
  • Via di Maiano, 2 – Santa Massenza
  • 38096 Vallelaghi - Trento - Italia
  • Booking: +39 0461 032486 every day from 9.00 to 17.00
  • booking@hydrotourdolomiti.it
 
Opening hours July and August 2017

Guided tours in English on Tuesday at 3 pm and Saturday at 5 pm.