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Luserna / Lusérn is a small mountain village, located south-east of Trento, and is one of the richest in history and traditions, in fact it is now the last island where the Cimbrian language, an ancient Bavarian, is still spoken. The territory is characterized by natural terracing and extends over the Valle dell'Astico below, creating deep valleys and overhangs, with gradients of even six hundred meters.
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A look at Luserna
A look at Luserna

About the village

In prehistoric times, the mountain of Luserna was already inhabited but little is known about its origin and the consistency of the first settlers.
In the Middle Ages, the Prince Bishop of Trento, Federico Venga led people of German descent on these mountains, whose area was colonized. The mountain territory, between the rivers Adige and Brenta, which until then was mostly uninhabited, saw the birth of small rural communities committed to cutting wood and pastoralism.
The ancient settlers brought with them their own language and their traditions, and even today some Cimbrian legends are handed down from generation to generation, especially concerning the language.
The legend traces the origin of the name of this German-speaking population to the people of the same name, coming from the territory of Jutland, in Denmark, who tried to invade Italy but without success, as he was defeated by the Roman army under the leadership of Gaius Mario. According to various legends, part of this fighting population would retreat to the mountains of the Asiago plateau, thus originating the lineage of modern Cimbri.
A second hypothesis on the origin of the cimbri is due to the descent of southern Germany, around the year one thousand, probably for nationalistic purposes, with groups of families coming mainly from the Bavarian-Tyrolean linguistic area.
Many clues, however, make this second thesis falter because of the remains of the Celtic village, found in Bostel, near Rotzo and the origin of the Plateau of the Seven Municipalities which has precise references with the Nordic mythology.

Unlike other territories, the Cimbrian language has remained alive in Luserna, although the Cuschus of Luserna is considered less original due to the influence of modern German.

To characterize the landscape are the ancient testimonies of the First World War which has left a legacy of fortifications, trenches and walkways.


On the Alpe Cimbra the products of the territory really have "the taste of the past", given that even today they are used products, recipes and techniques of cultivation of the past.
In Luserna the Kaiserschmarren recipe is still alive today, large crêpes fried in butter and served hot, sometimes topped with a few tablespoons of jam, almost always blueberries, or simply with sugar.

Village of Luserna
Municipality of Luserna
Province of Trento
Region of Trentino-Alto Adige

Inhabitants: 263 lusernesi
Altitude center: 1333 m a.s.l.

the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Mountain community of the Cimbri Highlands

Piazza Marconi 2 - tel: 0464789714

= distances as the crow flies


  • Take the Brenner motorway


  • Trento station
  • Rovereto station


  • Verona Villafranca airport

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= distances as the crow flies
= distances as the crow flies
= distances as the crow flies
= distances as the crow flies

Luserna is present in issue 1 of our digital magazine e-borghi travel.
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june, 2023

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