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Deer Lake and the Gnome Trail

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Lake Caprioli is located in Fazzon, 5 kilometres from Pellizzano, at an altitude of 1280 metres. If you are in Val di Sole, Lake Caprioli is definitely worth a visit for its picture-postcard landscape. It reminded us a little of our Lago delle Lame in Val d’Aveto.

Deer Lake and Gnome Trail

How to reach Lake Caprioli


Lago dei Caprioli can be reached by car along a rather winding road. You will soon arrive in Fazzon and there you will find signs for parking.

The car park is about 500 metres on foot from the lake and, during the summer period, there is a charge of €5.00 for the whole day.

It may be useful to know that, from the beginning of July to the beginning of September, if you arrive before 10 a.m., you can park your car directly at the lake.

Another piece of information that may be useful is that, in July, Wednesdays are green, i.e. access to the lake can only be on foot or with the lake bus (ticket costs €1.00).

On foot: the Gnome Trail

You can also reach Lake Caprioli on foot, via the Gnome Path, which starts at the Pellizzano playground and leads to the lake in about 1h30. The path, which is not suitable for pushchairs, climbs a lot because it has an altitude difference of 400 metres (for 4 km, one way) and is therefore only suitable for trained children.

Along the route, you will find several wooden sculptures, inspired by the gnomes of the forest, hidden in the woods and, just below the Malga Bassa Park Visitor Centre, there is a wildlife area with three deer.

malga bassa
Malga Bassa Visitor Centre
Deer Lake and the Gnome Trail
Wildlife Area

Deer Lake and the Gnome Trail: what to find

If you have opted to arrive by car, once you have parked you will again have two options to reach the lakeshore: either follow the asphalt road closed off by the bar (5/10 minutes), or take the Sentiero del Macereto, through the woods (about 20 minutes, not suitable for pushchairs).

path of macereto

Once at the lake, the scenery that opens up to you is that of a painting. Lake Caprioli is a little gem set among fir trees, surrounded by meadows where you can play or rest.

The blue-green waters are swimmable so, if the temperature permits, you can even take a dip. Alternatively, you can take a walk on the dirt track that runs alongside the lake, which is also suitable for pushchairs. The whole walk will take you about twenty minutes.

For those who would like to have lunch in this picture-postcard setting, there is the Chalet Lago dei Caprioli on the edge of the lake, in an exceptional location.

Deer Lake and the Gnome Trail
The magnificent Lago dei Caprioli
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Chalet Lago dei Caprioli
path around the lake
Path around the lake suitable for pushchairs

Otherwise, next to the car park is the Malga Bassa Fazzon.

Returning to Pellizzano, a stop at the village playground is a must. Here if you want more information.

How to reach Pellizzano

For pedestrians and bikers, there is a new on-demand mobility system called “Smartbus”, designed to connect Pellizzano to the other villages in Val di Sole.

The service is active every day during the summer period with the timetable 9:00-13:00 and 15:00-19:00. To book it, you must download the Shotl app.

Continue reading:

1. Lakes of Coredo

2. Vermiglio Lakes

3. What to do in Andalo

4. 5 things to do in Trento with children

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