Nature and Culture


Fondo, often labelled the parlour of Val di Non, has its most important meeting place in Piazza San Giovanni, which has recently been given a new look. The highlight of the piazza is without doubt the astronomical water clock, a unique specimen invented by the goldsmiths Giuliano and Lorenzo Zanoni and costructed by the master clockmaker Alberto Gorla. Gorla is also renowned for his restoration of the clock in the famous clock tower of Venice. The water clock in Fondo is of both technological and artistic merit and marks not only the hours but also the phases of the moon, the signs of zodiac and the days of yhe week and month.



The luxuriant pine woods, the pure mountain air, and the crystal clear waters of the mountain torrents and lakes near Fondo and Tret, as well as the green meadows which can easily be crossed by bike or on foot, may overshadow even the wealth of artistic and cultural treasures embodied in the churches of San Martino, San Rocco and Santa Lucia and the numerous sixteenth-century frescos which mark Fondo’s historical centre. Since 2012 Fondo has boasted the title of “100% renewable municipality”, which was awarded by Legambiente, an Italian conservation institution, in recognition of Fondo’s efforts in implementing energy-saving strategies.



The impressive canyon, formed gradually over the course of millions of years by the mountain torrent Rio Sass, divides the village of Fondo into two parts. At the enchanting Lake Smeraldo, which is not just a paradise for anglers, you will fi nd the beginning of the comfortable path through the canyon which offers discoveries, surprises and adventures in total safety.
In the nearby hamlet of Tret there is a charming waterfall, 70 metres high, rendered still more spectacular by the wall of rock bordering it.



The wide, snow-covered meadows around Fondo are ideal for cross-country skiing and snowshoe excursions. The snowshoe race “La Ciaspolada” is the world’s most important event in this sport. The frozen Lake Smeraldo is ideal for ice skating, as is the ice pavilion, where you can also practie ice hockey and figure skating. In December, when the sky is at its bluest, Christmas lights brighten up the historical centre, fi lling it with unforgettable sights and making winter a season of calmness and peace in which to best enjoy the cosy warmth of the fi reside.



The chirping of crickets, the smell of freshly mown grass, and the twinkling of fi refl ies in the warm summer nights announce the arrival of the most enchanting season of all. The most popular events include the appetizing “Cosina Nonesa”, an enogastronomic festival which revives the old culinary traditions of the area; the commemoration of the medieval votive pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela and, for the young, the ethnic music festival held amid the magnifi cent scenery of Lake Smeraldo.