Moving Around – Val di Non Style

One of the wonders of Val di Non is that you’re not limited to conventional modes of transportation*. Due to it’s wealth of farm fields, paved cycling paths, forested roads, trails, and general lack of car traffic, alternative transportation modes abound.

TRACTOR

After a day plowing the fields or shoveling snow, why bother heading home to change vehicles? Just drive straight on down to the bar, the grocery, or the bank atop your trusty ‘Fiat’ (the John Deer of Italian tractors). Due to your size, you can park absolutely anywhere you’d like, no questions asked.

A small, apple-orchard tractor holding up traffic, of course (Val di Non)
A small, apple-orchard tractor holding up traffic, of course (Val di Non)
Backhoe driving down the street (Val Sugana)
Backhoe/front loader driving down the street (Val Sugana)
DIRT MOTORBIKE

Gets you where you need to go with speed, grit, and style. Can take tight curves, mud, or heavy traffic. Single occupancy only. Not for winter riding. Full-face helmet required.

Men pushing dirt motorbikes down the street (Noto, Sicily)
Men pushing dirt motorbikes down the street (Noto, Sicily)
SNOW MOBILE

When the snows are piled high and you don’t feel like bothering with chains on your car or truck, just hop on a snow mobile and away you go! Seats up to two, and there’s room for storage under the seat. Can navigate roadways, sidewalks, farm fields, or mountain trails with ski-like ease. Great for late night jaunts on unplowed terrain. Helmet recommended.

FOUR-WHEELER

Perfect for longer journeys when you don’t feel the need for speed, or when your horse has the croup. Excellent, reliable transport in all-weather conditions. Convenient for when you’ve got a heavy load or an extra person to transport. A change of clothes strongly recommended.

Perfect season for a jaunt on the four-wheeler! (Cavareno, Val di Non)
Perfect season for a jaunt on the four-wheeler! (Cavareno, Val di Non)
Four-wheeling makes winter parking a snap! (Cavareno, Val di Non)
Four-wheeling makes winter parking a snap! (Cavareno, Val di Non)
SCOOTER

The traditional Italian city-travel method, the scooter is an excellent choice for when you’ve got a friend who needs a lift, or you’re not country boy enough to ride your dirt motor bike to your girlfriend’s house. Off-road travel not recommended. Normal helmet required.

Kid on scooter, outside Cavareno (Val di Non)
Kid on scooter, outside Cavareno (Val di Non)
ROAD BIKE

For the environmentalist, exercise-fanatic, or masochist in you. Excellent choice for those who enjoy sharing narrow, winding mountain roads with speeding cars, trucks, or tractors. Must be able to tolerate diesel exhaust. Thighs of steel required.

Road biker passing through Sarnonico (Val di Non)
Road biker passing through Sarnonico (Val di Non)
Training for a road race (Molveno)
Training for a road race (Molveno)
APÉ

When you’ve got a light load to carry, but your motorbike/scooter won’t do the trick and your truck is tied up in the shop, ride this three-wheeled vehicle anywhere cars can go (and some places they can’t). Moderate speeds only. Due to tiny-engine-size, earplugs or noise-canceling headphones are recommended.

An Apé parked next to us, Jason making a face from the car (Dermulo, Val di Non)
An Apé parked next to us, Jason making a face from the car (Dermulo, Val di Non)
Apé in a parking space (Revò, Val di Non)
Apé in a parking space (Revò, Val di Non)
HORSE

For the thrifty types, you’ll need little fuel and no driver’s license for this one. Just saddle up and head off. All weather conditions apply. May want to bring a feed bag and a change of clothes (unless you don’t mind smelling like barn). Great for nights at the bar.

Man riding horse on the street in front of our first Cavareno apt. (Val di Non)
This happened. On the street in front of our first Cavareno apt. (Val di Non)
Man riding his horse on the street in front of our second Cavareno apt. (Val di Non)
Man riding his horse on the street in front of our second Cavareno apt. (Val di Non)

*Non-conventional modes of transportation are those excluding: cars, trucks, vans,       motorcycles, buses, and trains.

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