Path of Monte San Michele

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As part of the project recently redeveloped by the CTG El preon, two l courses were offered to learn more about the area with related guided tours; the 'Sentiero del Monte San Michele' (St. Michael's Mount Path) was restored; but above all, in agreement with the I.C.S. 'Girolamo Fracastoro' school, work was carried out to rework the information panels, which were almost completely ruined. These panels had been made by some pupils of the Cavaion V.se Secondary School in the 2007/2008 school year, in connection with a systematic study of Monte San Michele, later published in a booklet.

The new route includes 12 stations with in-depth information on the territory, flora and archaeological aspects of the San Michele area, which can also be accessed via a link to the municipal website visitcavaion.it.

Mount San Michele, the main ridge in the territory of the municipality of Cavaion Veronese, at 342 m is a 'monadnock', e.g. a geo-morphological mountain with rocks and fossils dating back to the Oligocene period and its scenic and panoramic position, emerging above the upper Veronese plain; but it is relevant above all for its anthropic history, which ranges from the Paleolithic to the Cold War period, encompassing almost all the historical eras that have left important traces and archaeological evidence on it (Bastia, Church of San Michele, Radio Station, etc.).

Moreover, the entire territory of Cavaion Veronese also has its own peculiar identity and soul (genius loci) that makes it memorable and significant in terms of values, determining unique and singular landscapes, such as that of 'seregno' or the agricultural courts.

For the inhabitants of Cavaion, Mount San Michele is a mountain-symbol and is part of their visual horizon as a traditional image of identity memory.

It was precisely from this identity-symbol that the CTG El Preon APS Group came up with the idea of developing a valorisation project with the involvement of local volunteers, associations and other bodies in the area, in an attempt to defend, recover and valorise this common asset that was in danger of deteriorating and falling into neglect.

The CTG El Preon APS Group has decided to dedicate this route among nature, history and tradition to the memory of one of the group's founding members, Romano Giacomelli, a tireless supporter of Cavaionese culture and education, who passed away in 2022.

The project is financed by the Veneto Region with state resources from the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies.       

Starting point of the trail

The stations of the route

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1

Villa Ravagni Trombetta

This 18th-century palace stands on the slopes of Mount San Michele at an altitude of 265 metres, at the start of the path...

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2

Origin of Lake Garda

Following the expansion and retreat of the glaciers, northern Italy had taken on the appearance we know...

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3

The forest of the south side

The southern slope of Mount San Michele, which is gentler, sloping and sunnier than the northern slope...

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4

Dry stone walls

Dry stone walls are one of the characteristic elements of our territory; during the winter, when agricultural work...

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5

Life in the forest

Animals and plants are indispensable to the good health of the forest, more so than man's interventions in forestry...

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6

The Chapel of San Michele

In the 19th century, the Counts Ravignani had an aristocratic chapel built on the villa property, now Palazzo Trombetta...

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7

Panorama of Punta S.Vigilio

It is a typically Mediterranean species, introduced from Greece in the first millennium BC. The fruit, the olive, can be preserved in brine...

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8

La bastia archaeological area

Archaeological excavations began in 2003, thanks to a research and enhancement project promoted by the Cavaion Municipality...

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9

Mount San Michele

Mount San Michele (342 m), located to the north-west of the present-day town centre, has been the site of ancient settlements...

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10

The undergrowth

The undergrowth is the group of bushes, small shrubs and ferns that grows above the grasses, moss and lichens in the shade...

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11

The walls of the Bastia

The summit of Mount San Michele was bordered by fortification walls dating back to the late Scaliger age...

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12

Geology of Monte San Michele

Between 15 and 12 million years ago a thrust caused Mount San Michele and Mount Moscal to emerge from the sea...

Gallery

Il Gruppo CTG El Preon APS, presente dal 2012 nella realtà di Cavaion Veronese e Affi, organizza escursioni e corsi di conoscenza del territorio, per dare la possibilità, soprattutto ai giovani ma anche ai “diversamente giovani”, di scoprire il vasto patrimonio culturale che abbiamo la fortuna di godere nei suoi molteplici aspetti: architettonici, storico-artistici, naturalistici e ambientali. Patrimonio che a volte è ingiustamente trascurato e non valorizzato, o addirittura completamente sconosciuto. Ci sono invece, nel nostro entroterra gardesano, tesori di bellezza e di meraviglia autentica, di tradizione e di saggezza popolare, che niente hanno da invidiare ai tanto decantati parchi “costruiti”.

Ma il gruppo segue anche altre attività: la sezione del Nordic Walking, che si rivela un altro modo di percorrere i nostri luoghi con attenzione, i corsi tematici e le serate culturali, l’animazione con le scuole, le gite con visite a Mostre d’arte.
Inoltre, continuando nel suo obiettivo che è quello di essere presente nel territorio attraverso varie sfaccettature, il Preon sostiene anche progetti di solidarietà alle strutture sociali e organizza piccoli interventi di manutenzione negli angoli più trascurati del paese per renderlo migliore, oltre a prendersi cura in modo continuativo dei monumenti della nostra memoria. Quindi offre varie opportunità per coinvolgere anche gli abitanti in una rete continua di notizie, ricordi, visioni del passato remoto e recente.In questo modo il Gruppo CTG El Preon APS vuole mantenere saldo e vivo quel legame con le proprie radici e tradizioni che permette a una comunità di guardare con serenità e consapevolezza al proprio futuro.

L’associazione prende il nome dal “Preon” (grosso sasso in dialetto), un masso situato sul monte Moscal al confine tra Affi e Cavaion, e prosegue il cammino del gruppo originario, che già esisteva negli anni ’80 e che si era andato esaurendo nel decennio seguente.