Brent de l’Art: A Ravine in the Province of Belluno, Italy

Brent de l’Art: A Ravine in the Province of Belluno, Italy

If what you’re seeking is a unique hiking experience with photogenic surroundings, Brent de l’Art is the place to visit. Located within 2 hours driving time from Vicenza, Italy, this ravine lies in Trichiana, Province of Belluno.

What’s a Brent?

The term Brent indicates a stream. It flows at the bottom of a deep valley and is more or less quite narrow. You will often see the word “brent” when driving over a short bridge as it names the small river or stream below you. The ravine formed at Brent de l’Art is a result of water, stones, and plants once entering the canyon creating whirlwinds and slamming intensely against the walls, digging into the rocks. This spectacular example of “nature’s art” was basically formed by water erosion.  The “Scaglia Rossa” Cretaceous rock is the type of rock you will see. There are endless layers of red and white limestone mixed with interlayers of red to greenish-gray clays. The colors on these rock formations are mesmerizing and truly unique.

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How to Get There

If coming from Vicenza, you can take the no-toll route through Castelfranco. You will also pass by Cittadella if you head this way (which is a perfect stop to add along the route). When Google Maps led us to this destination, we followed handmade signs along the dirt road that seemed like we were going to a farmer’s backyard. At the bottom of a hill, you’ll see a small parking lot where you can park for free. There are information boards with trail maps here also.

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Trichiana Route, Province of Belluno, Italy

The hike down to Brent de l’Art was short, yet steep and slippery after the amount of rain and snow we had received. But when we got there, it was breathtaking. The view from the bridge across the ravine was incredible. Ice on the canyons was melting resulting in crystal clear blue water running below. We hiked up into the canyon and went as far as we could back into the rock walls for even more incredible views. The recent snow, now solid ice, made walking very tricky and dangerous. Luckily we had our yak tracks and hiking poles.

It is suggested that you visit Brent de l’Art throughout the many different seasons. In the winter, thick layers of ice form allowing you to climb up into the brent (as we did). But in the summer, you have the ability to go swimming through the stream.

To keep hiking along the trail, you can continue across the bridge and follow the path that leads to Val di Botte. The trail did not seem too difficult, especially in the snow. The hike back up to the car, while it may be short, is very steep and oh quite an adventure (involving steps).

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All Good Hikes Must End in Yummy Food

Within a few kilometers from the brent, we found a quiet restaurant – Osteria la Muda (http://www.lamudadisanboldo.it/) – and this place truly deserves a post all to itself. When you think of a typical Italian “home” and an Italian “meal,” this is the quintessential place to check all of those boxes.

When you walk in, there are no more than ten tables throughout a small room, all arranged around a wood burning fireplace in the center. The lady waiting on us read the entire menu to us in English, without us even asking. They had a preset menu of items for 30 euros each, or you could pick from the regular menu as per usual. We chose the preset menu as it was nice to have someone pick out our meal for us. It included everything from a bottle of wine, water, appetizer, bread, first course, second course, to dessert and finally coffee. I had never in my life! The best down-home cooking I’d ever eaten. She even gave us a to-go box of our leftovers (which there were many). After we paid our bill, we were given a little bag of cookies for the road.

The service, the environment, and the food were all five-star worthy. To date, it has still been one of the best meals we’ve had in Italy. If you get a chance to go, tell her the short-haired blonde girl sent you (she remembers me according to a recent visit from a friend!).

Osteria La Muda, San Boldo, Italy

For more info on Osteria La Muda: visit their website here, or call them at 0437 757253. Note that they are closed on Wednesdays!

Want to see more hikes? Check out the post here about hiking in the Dolomites, or here about hiking in NC! Looking for a packing list for what to take on your hike? Check out that and more here! Happy hiking!!

XOXO

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