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WINGED VAIA DRAGON in LAVARONE
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THE NEW "VAIA DRAGON" by MARCO MARTALAR
The Winged Dragon of Magré is located in the homonymous hamlet in the municipality of Lavarone, in Alpe Cimbra (province of Trento). More precisely, this magnificent sculpture stands on the top of Mount Tablat, a hill in the north-eastern part of the Lavarone plateau. Built with 3,000 vines and 2,000 pieces of trees felled by the storm Vaia which devastated the Dolomites area in 2018. Among these were also used some pieces from Avez del Prinzep (The Prince's Fir), the tallest silver fir in Europe and with an age approaching 280 years.
At 6 meters high and 7 meters long it is the largest wooden dragon in the world and looks like it came out of an episode of Game of Thrones and will make you feel like Daenerys Targaryen for a moment. A work that will not last forever. The wood used, in fact, has not been treated and is therefore destined to disappear.
WHERE TO PARK to see the VAIA DRAGON
The recommended parking lots to leave the car and reach Il Drago on foot are in the localities Cappella, Gionghi and Bertoldi (from where the Tablat chairlift leaves for those who want to).
Parking Località Cappella - Click Here
Parking Gionghi - Click Here
Parking Bertoldi (here also the Cable Car to go up) - Click Here
HOW TO GET TO THE "VAIA DRAGON"
The realization of the Vaia Dragon is part of the "Lavarone Green Land" project, which aims to enhance 4 paths:
the Path of Legends that sees as protagonists the Dragon Vaia and Avi, the Avez del Prinzep
the Path of the Sources
the Path 4 Jumps in the woods
the Path of the Breath of the Trees
But how to reach the Vaia Dragon?
- From the Frazione Gionghi, take the pedestrian street behind the Red Cross, cross the state road keeping to the left towards the historic center of the hamlet. Arrived at the square of the hamlet, follow the signs for the "Dragon Path / Sentiero del Dragi", or the directions for Lavarone Green Land - Click Here for this Route (Our Favourite!)
- From the Frazione Cappella go towards Frazione Longhi. Continue following the signs for Cost and then follow the "Sentiero del Drago" signs. (Only for the period from 24 December 2021 to 9 January 2022 it is possible to use the Shuttle Shuttle Service - currently 3 euros round trip, departing from the Parco Palù car park - Click Here for this Route
- From the Località Bertoldi, continue on foot to the Slaghenaufi hamlet, follow the signs for "Sentiero del Drago" and shortly before arrival, continue to follow the signs for "Sentiero del Drago", or Lavarone Green Land - Clicke Here for this Route
- In Località Bertoldi it is possible to take the Tablat Chairlift, which will take you to the top of Mount Tablat in ten minutes, and then reach Il Drago with a short walk.
HOW LONG TO GO TO SEE THE VAIA DRAGON
Calculate a short hour to get from the parking lot to the point where the Dragon is going calmly, plus another hour to go back to the parking lot.
WHEN TO GO TO SEE THE VAIA DRAGON
The best time to see the Dragon does not exist! It is a wonderful work in any season. In summer and spring with the warmer temperatures it is ideal to escape from the heat and enjoy some mountain air (remember to bring water in summer!). In autumn the landscape presents truly magical colors and perfect for photographs. In winter, however, the magic of the snow that whitens the landscape around the Dragon makes everything even more suggestive. But be careful: during the winter it is recommended to reach the opera with heavy boots, trekking poles and, if the snow is abundant, snowshoes.
WHO IS MARCO MORTALAR?
The Dragon is not the first work of this kind born from the hands of the artist Marco Mortalar. In 2020, in Mezzaselva di Roana on the Altopiano dei Sette Comuni, where he lives, Marco created a Winged Lion with 1500 pieces of shrubs and trees cut down by Vaia. Again, the largest Winged Lion in the world, three meters high and 4.5 meters long. A year later, in Magré, on the Lavarone Plateau, the Winged Dragon was born, "a majestic work, a symbol of resilience and courage".
GREEN LAND PROJECT
The Drago di Vaia is part of a larger project undertaken by the Municipality of Lavarone for the enhancement of 4 thematic routes: the Path of legends: Avi, the Avez del Prinzep and the Vaia dragon; the Path of the Springs, in search of water el vacarot; the Path 4 jumps in the woods, Avi the explorer and the animals; the Path of the Breath of the Trees. A project designed to convey love for nature, the land and the mountains through the charm that fairy tales and legends have for us all.
WORLD MAPPERS' TIPS to SEE and VISIT the VAIA DRAGON
The road to reach the village of Magré is reserved for authorized residents, you pass through private properties and there are no parking lots. To reach the Dragon it is necessary to follow one of the many paths indicated.
Be respectful of the territory by parking in the permitted areas and not disturbing the people who live in the small village of Magré.
Arrive early in the morning or at sunset to find fewer people (actually, now that he is becoming very famous, he is always full of onlookers who want to take a picture of themselves with this Mysterious Dragon).
Near the Drago di Vaia there is one of our favorite places, the Tana Incantata, a rustic-style hut that we recommend to taste a good typical Trentino dish.
You should immediately take advantage of the opportunity to see this new work of art, because being made of wood, the dragon will change over time, with the passing of the seasons, until it decomposes, following the philosophy of all Land Art.
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