Located on the Southern border of the Trentino region, on a sunny plain overlooking the Veneto region, Luserna (Lusèrn in cimbro) is a small town in the province of Trento, rich in history and tradition, one of the last Cimbrian-speaking communities, one of the old German dialects, which attest the colonization that the area submitted between the X and the XIII centuries. This immigration was favored by the Prince-Bishop of Trento, with the intent to reclaim several areas and implement farms and cultivations in these territories. Luserna gained its autonomy and was proclaimed municipality on August 4th , 1780, finally separated from the nearby Lavarone.
Three are the most reliable thesis of the origins of the town's name: according to a first hypothesis, it derives from the Celt dialect "Lis Erna" (pass), a second theory argues, however, that the source is Cimbrian from "Laas" (which in cimbro is the name of the nearby Valico of the Menador) and, finally, someone attest that it comes from the Veneto dialect "Sluse" (shimmer, with reference to the sun kissed location of the plateau).
Located at short distance from the ski tracks of Millegrobbe and from those of the Ski Center of Lavarone, Luserna is also the ideal destination for lovers of hiking, trekking and mountain biking along the mountain paths.
Sites of Interest:
- the Church of St. Anthony, built in the 20s of the XX century, where once stood a previous building destroyed by the Italian artillery during the first World War;
- the Shrine of San Rocco;
- the antique hotel of Lusérnarhof, one of the oldest residential buildings in the town;
- the two antique water supply tanks;
- the Luserna Documentation Centre;
- the Cultural Institute of Mochéno Cimbro;
- the Austro-Hungarian Fortresses (Forte Campo of Luserna, Forte Verle, the fortified Observatory of Cima Vezzena);
- the Military Cemetery of Costalta, where about 2000 Italian and Austrian soldiers are buried.