This hike is an easy and well marked loop around Transacqua, on the bottom of Primiero Valley. Despite being a very short loop around the town, it still features some nice views of villages such as Fiera di Primiero, Transacqua and Ormanìco, as well as Pale di San Martino and Vette Feltrine mountains. The Sentiero delle Càore (tr. path of the goats) was used locally to take the goats out of the town to higher altitude fields during the Summer season. The path has been recently fully renovated and nowadays it is also possible to ride it entirely by bike. During the Winter season, be aware that the path can be really icy, due to the poor sun exposure of some portions of it and the forest humidity.
The first part of the loop goes through Via delle Miniere (tr. mines road). At the edge of the town, it is still possible to see the last active mine of Primiero (Stol). During the 15th and 16th centuries, the mineral resources of the valley – mainly iron and silver – were used mostly by Austrian families for trading purposes. After being sold to the Welsperg family in AD 1572, the Stol mine remained active until AD 1866 under Austrian government jurisdiction. It was used afterwards as a storage for keeping goods fresh by a local Bar (Bellavista) up to the middle of the last century. The two main entrances of the mine can still be seen from the hike, here the main one, and here the secondary entrance (in the forest). While approaching Sentiero delle Càore, the St. Barbara Capital (protector of the miners) can be seen.
Tissot, E. (1956). Primiero di ieri.. e di oggi. Primiero, Italy: Azienda autonoma di soggiorno e turismo.