Loc. Dosso di Sotto – Val Formica
Latitude: 45,961438 | Longitude: 11,401733
Activities and services
Production/sales of malga products
– Mountain grazing is the uphill journey of the livestock to the Alpine pasture.
– It is recommended to check the website and social media profiles of the malga for updated activities and services.
Loc. Dosso di Sotto – Val Formica
The malga is situated on rounded hills that characterize the slope which, from the crest of Cima Manderiolo-Cima Larici to the north, runs southward towards Val d’Assa. Because of its spread, the quality of its pastures, and its structures, Malga Dosso di sotto is considered a particularly important malga. The extremely green pastures are rich, with the presence of nardeto in the more sloped and acidified areas.
Its alpine grazing, surrounded by woods where spruce trees dominate, has been merged with that of Malga Dosso di sopra, currently used as a holiday home for the Asiago community.
From the malga, vast scenery can be enjoyed that ranges from the nearby Vezzena plains in the Trento province to the northern walls of Monte Verena, all the way to the long crest of Monte Portule.
From Asiago, take the S.P. 349 towards Trento. After about 13 km at the fork for Larici loc., turn right and continue for 6.5 km to Val Formica loc. Take the road on the left, continuing for about 2.5 km to Malga Dosso di sotto, going through Malga Laste di Manazzo.
Do you want to have the best experience in the malga?
When you arrive at the malga, you’re entering the “home” of the malga operator population and their livestock: It’s a welcoming environment, rich with fascination, everything is to be discovered but also respected. Here are our recommendations for you!
The malga operator lifestyle is characterized by hardwork that starts before dawn and continues even after sundown. For example…Did you know that there two times set apart for milking? One before breakfast and another in the late afternoon.
Also, feel free to ask information but avoid going into work areas inaccessible to the public and be discrete: speaking too loudly may scare the livestock and disturb whomever is enjoying the peace of the mountain.
They are passive and docile animals but their size could put you in uncomfortable situations…or somewhat inappropriate behaviors could frighten them and provoke dangerous and unusual reactions.
It’s enough to maintain an adequate distance, avoid taking pictures from too close up, touching them, bothering them or looking them directly in the eye.
If you are with your dog, remember to keep it on a leash and under control.
When you find yourself near some cows, it’s better to avoid sudden movements, walk slowly and without getting anxious. And, if they were to get too close, distance yourself calmly and without turning your back to them!
They watch over the livestock and often offer a warm welcome to guests. Don’t worry: They are not dangerous. Treat them with respect and you will become good friends. If you are on a bike, slow down to avoid mean falls caused by demonstrations of affection a little too… overwhelming!
Those who follow the itineraries and visit the malgas know well how wonderful nature is, with its breathtaking landscapes. This is the reason why it is important not to pollute it with waste that can be taken home and properly recycled or disposed of.
The herdsmen of the plateau and the animals that live there are very fond of tourists who enjoy the wonderful days with walks, fresh air and relaxation… respecting the woods and pastures!!