The tourist walk that from Passo Gòbbera leads to the church of San Silvestro is almost a must for the inhabitants of the Primiero and Vanoi valleys. Passo Gòbbera (989 m asl), a low altitude but yet pretty alpine pass, is the easiest and most direct access point to the church. The church, located overhanging the valley of Schenèr on a promontory of the peak of Totoga (1,705 m asl), dominates the southern part of the Primiero Valley. When travelling through the Val di Schenèr towards Primiero, the church is visible after crossing the hamlet of Pontét. Traditionally a destination for pilgrimages when it was opening, thanks to its position, the church offers its visitors an extremely nice panorama.
The route starts from the church of the small hamlet of Passo Gòbbera (Canal San Bovo), which can be easily reached by taking the SP 79 road. Ignoring the two signs pointing to Monte Totoga, a few meters east of the church, the route starts descending towards San Silvestro (Signpost No. 346). After losing about 60 meters of altitude and having crossed the stream of Val dei Gardizzi, the path continues slightly uphill, cutting the ridge and the gully of Boàl de le Scàndole, in the shade of pine, fir, ash, beech and hazel trees, until it reaches the picturesque church of San Silvestro (965 m asl). From the church’s position, it is possible to have a complete view over the villages of Mezzano and Imèr, the Schenèr valley and the farms of Passo Gòbbera.
Before going back along the same way, the advice is to take all the time needed that this place deserves. Although short, it is a walk worth doing.
- From Passo Gòbbera (989 m asl), take the Signpost No. 346 towards San Silvestro,
- From the church of San Silvestro (965 m slm), head back following the same way. ✓
CHURCH OF SAN SILVESTRO