Val di Fassa

Val di Fassa
Pozza di Fasse – Val di Fassa

Val di Fassa is one of the “tourist excellences”in Trentino, thanks to the splendid view of the Dolomites and the Ladin hospitality that offers hotels and apartments in characteristic locations to suit your every need, whether your stay revolves around sports or going skiing in the heart of nature.

Val di Fassa is located at the heart of the Dolomites. The Ladin community has learned how to safeguard their own language as well as the beauty of the mountains. Various groups are on the UNESCO World Heritage list: Catinaccio with the Torri del Vajolet, Latemar, Marmolada. Don’t miss out on the Dolomite sunset, when the sun rays paint the mountain faces red, causing the Enrosadira phenomenon.

The tradition of hospitality has deep ties to this land: the facilities are state of the art, the services efficientand the range of things to do is wide and well thought-out. Lively locations like Moena and Canazei, Ladin gastronomy, wine barsand après ski for your evening entertainment… in Val di Fassa you will find opportunities that will suit everyone.

In summer Val di Fassa is a real power-house for enjoying the great outdoors: excursions and high altitude trekking, mountain biking, free-climbing will satisfy the expectations of anyone who is looking for an active holiday close to nature, with a calendar full of high level sporting events during the entire summer season.

Val di Fassa is one of the capitals of international skiing thanks to its over 200km of slopes for Alpine skiing. At the heart of the Dolomiti Superski carousel, the largest in the world, the skiing area is one of the most advanced, with the latest ski lifts, that guarantee the maximum amount of ski time during the season. It is also possible to do snowboarding, night time skiing, free riding and ski mountaineering, in addition to cross-country skiing and snow pole excursions.

Canazei

Gries-Canazei
Gries-Canazei

With its three localities of Gries, Alba and Penia, Canazei is one of the most well-known tourist resorts throughout the Alps, thanks also to its strategic position next to the largest ski area throughout the Alps. Directly linked to the Sellaronda Tour, Canazei is part of the Dolomites Superski circuit, with 4 ski areas within easy access from the village. The Belvedere, the Ciampac, the Col Rodella and the Marmolada are actually included in the wide offer dedicated to ski and snowboard lovers.

Opportunities offered to cross-country skiers are numerous too: ski-trails for any difficulty level and at all altitudes, such as the Ciampac ring at 2,100 meters a.s.l. Canazei is an important Alpine centre renowned for its international sport events, such as the Sellaronda Skimarathon, a night-time downhill ski race.

Located in a beautiful natural basin, Canazei has always remained close to its origins and traditions; great attention is paid to the safeguarding and care of the habits and customs featured by Ladin people, who are used to get together in dancing, theatre and culture groups.

Canazei represents an ideal combination of nature and sports, entertainment and culture, relax and night life featuring numerous local restaurants, pubs, après-ski, piano bars crowded until dawn. The leisure-time facilities are various, such as the new Dòlaondes Water Center, near the Eghes Wellness Center, and the Ice Arena at Alba di Canazei – base for ice-hockey meetings of the local Ice Hockey team HC Val di Fassa, which is always top-of-the-list of the National A-league Championships.

Moena

Moena
Moena

Located in a beautiful alluvial basin, Moena is surrounded by some of the most evocative groups of the Dolomites, such as Latemar, Monzoni and the offshoots of the Costalunga Pass.

Point of departure of the Marcialonga of Fiemme and Fassa, with its cross-country centre of Alochet, 2 kilometres away from San Pellegrino Pass, Moena offers cross-country lovers gorgeous tracks winding their way through wide glades, surrounded by forests and bushes covered in snow. The place is champion Christian Zorzi’s birthplace and training venue. It is also the beating heart of the TreValli ski area, a ski resort which stands out for its up-to-date and functional network of lifts and marvellous slopes, always perfectly covered in snow. This ski area combines the Alpe di Lusia – ideal for fast bends’ lovers – with San Pellegrino Pass, the spectacular balcony of Col Margherita peak and the Valle del Bios valley, on the Belluno Dolomites.

The biggest town of Val di Fassa, Moena is known as the Fairy of the Dolomites, an expression synthesising its fairy-tale charm and age-old flavour. Very well taken care of from the architectural point of view, the town stands out for its captivating elegance. Yet Moena also proves to be very sensitive to the the Ladin cuisine tradition, and hosts successful gastronomic exhibitions such as “A tavola con la Fata delle Dolomiti” (At the table with the fairy of the Dolomites), organized by famous restaurants of the area. Protagonist of numerous recipes is the famous cheese called “Puzzone di Moena D.O.P.”, which has been acknowledged Slow Food Brand for many years now.

Vigo di Fassa

Vigo di Fassa
Pieve san Govanni Vigo di Fassa

Perched on a large terraced zone overlooking the valley, Vigo di Fassa boasts a view that takes in the entire area from the Cima Undici and the Cima Dodici peaks all the way to the Marmolada glacier.

In winter Vigo is a welcoming ski tourist centre, thanks to the cable car that leaves the village and takes skiers to the 16 km slopes of the Catinaccio ski area. Thanks to state-of-the-art artificial snow-system, snow is guaranteed from the beginning of December. Here runs of champions can be found and areas for families and children with the Kinderpark Laurin at Ciampedìe (1,998 m): a terrace naturally sun kissed that offers an exceptional view over the Fassa Dolomites.

Vigo hosts the Ladin de Fascia Museum and the Ladin Cultural Institute, which promotes the study and care of the Ladin culture.

Though destroyed by a fire in 1921, the town still features numerous traces of its former rural and handicrafting culture. On the hill at the edge of the wood, the sacred path of the Santa Giuliana Church guards over Vigo di Fassa.

Pozza di Fassa

Pozza di Fassa
Pozza di Fassa

The residential area of Pozza di Fassa – featuring also Pera hamlet – is located in the widest plain of the valley where the Avisio river and the San Nicolò creek meet, and is crowned by the Cima Undici and the Cima Dodici peaks. Pozza is an oasis of wellness and tranquillity, with its Terme Dolomia spring waters gushing out at 1,320 metres from a sulphurous spring featuring skincare properties, which is the only one in the province of Trentino. Restyled ski area of Buffaure is famous for its panoramic view and the tranquillity of its slopes.

The Buffaure ski area boasts long slopes – the longest in Val di Fassa – departing from Buffaure at 2,050 metres and arrive down into the valley. A trip on board the Buffaure cabin lift offers unforgettable views over the Catinaccio, the Latemar and the Sassolungo group. The Panorama Ski Tour leads to the Ciampac ski area in Alba di Canazei that offers the ski enthusiasts over 25 km of slopes kept in perfect snow condition, and the possibility to reach easily the Belvedere ski area in Canazei thanks to the ski bus service.

Quite popular and rather crowded is the downhill run of Aloch at the Val di Fassa Ski Stadium, perfectly lit for night-time skiing: a true snow arena featuring slopes which are ideal for international downhill ski competitions. For cross-country ski enthusiasts, Pozza devotes both access to the Marcialonga circuit, and the Ciancoal rink, a funny alternative to the former, featuring various rhythms and snow guaranteed all the times.

Campitello di Fassa

Campitello di Fassa
Campitello di Fassa – Sassolungo

The village of Campitello is massively overlooked by majestic Sassolungo and Col Rodella, where it is possible to admire one of the most breath-taking landscapes of the Dolomites. The peak can be reached directly from the village by cable-way. An historical Alpine resort, Campitello was the first tourist centre featured by Val di Fassa, and has always given hospitality to alpinists and renowned personalities of the international scientific world.

In winter, Campitello proposes the most exciting skiing experiences with the Col Rodella/Belvedere carousel, served by up-to-date equipments as well as a state-of-the-art artificial snow system, which guarantees the best snow conditions for skiing since from the very beginning of the season. From there you can reach in a few minutes the lifts and the slopes going from Sella Pass towards Val Gardena and the Sellaronda circuit.

Near the valley cable-way station, in the locality of Ischia, a very up-to-date and well-equipped sporting centre has been developed in recent years. Among other things, the centre features a permanent structure for rock climbing and an open-air ice rink.

In the past, in Val di Fassa the dairy production of butter, milk and cheese used to represent one of the main activities. Nowadays, with the love and care of bygone times, these Fassa products featuring scents and aromas of high altitude pastures, are still successfully manufactured.

 

Val di Fiemme

Tesero and Cavalese
Tesero and Cavalese Val di Fiemme

Extending along the Avisio river, Val di Fiemme is bordered to the West by the Monte Corno Nature Park, to the North by the Latemar Dolomite ranges and the Pale di San Martino (UNESCO World Heritage Site), to the East by the Paneveggio Nature Park, considered one of the most beautiful and important in Europe, and to the South by the wild Lagorai chain with the Cermis Alp.

The valley is an immense green area crossed by a beautiful cycling trail and by numerous paths; here you can do sports and relax, both right up close with nature or in one of the numerous wellness hotels. During the summer months, Val di Fiemme offers a huge programme of opportunities to do sports, from mountain excursions along the Latemar Trekking trails to mountain biking along the Dolomiti Lagorai Bike circuit, to the many adventure parks and to the Latemar Montagnanimata entertainments for kids of all ages.

In winter Val di Fiemme is special because of the two sports you can do even at the most advanced levels-Alpine Skiing and cross-country skiing-without neglecting the numerous après-ski goings-on. Val di Fiemme, renowned as the mecca of cross-country skiing, hosts the World Cup competition in this categories well as other important competitions like the Marcialonga di Fiemme e Fassa.

You can use the ski areas with the Dolomiti Superski skipass that will allow you access to the slopes of the Ski Center Latemar, AlpeCermis, Bellamonte-AlpeLusia, Passo Lavazè and Oclini, with over 100km of downhill slopes. You can do cross-country skiing in the cross-country ski centres at Passo Lavazè and in Lago di Tesero, as well as along the Marcialonga track route.

val di fiemme
Val di Fiemme

Val di Fiemme is surrounded by two natural parks and stunning Dolomite peaks, that Unesco declared World Heritage Site – Corno Bianco, dominating the South-Tyrolean canyon of Bletterbach, Mountain group of Latemar, with its incredible tops, and the park Paneveggio Pale di San Martino.

Fiemme is famous for being “The Valley of Harmony” thanks to the prestigious resonance trees used to realize sounding boards for pianos and violins, once appreciated by Stradivari and nowadays still wanted by internationally-famous luthiers. You can breathe and hear the melody of nature in the Forests of Violins or in the Sounding Forest, where worldwide famous musicians “adopt” their favorite spruce.

For this valley breathing the oxygen produced by 60 million trees (a survey says that there are 20 trees per tourist) is not enough: as a matter of fact it loves taking challenges to conquer new records. All you have to do is believe that, every day, over a third of the twenty thousand inhabitants are using heat or electricity from alternative renewable sources, like the two big district heating plants (Cavalese, Predazzo) and the widest ground photovoltaic plant of Italy (Carano). Fiemme, is the leading Italian resort in waste collection – we have already won the Special Award dedicated to the most Recycling Places in Italy.

In 2003 Fiemme was the first valley to eco-certify its forests, carefully managed by the thousand-year old institution, the Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme. In Val di Fiemme, in 2003, we organized the first Eco-certified Nordic World Ski Championships. Since then, Fiemme has been planning and promoting eco-sustainable events, empowering the use of bikes, car-free days and giving the possibility of living environmental-friendly holidays. Furthermore, we have created a network of enterprises and entrepreneurs – the club is called “Fiemme PIACE” (Passion, Innovation, Affinity, Competences, Eco-sustainability, acronym of “LIKE” in Italian [translator’s note]), that share and support eco-friendly projects.

With more than 110 kilometres of ski slopes, immerge yourself in the natural paradise of the Ski Center Latemar, down the 50 km of slopes connecting Pampeago, Predazzo and Obereggen. In the Bellamonte-Alpe Lusia skiarea, the ski slopes caress the boundaries of the Natural Park of Paneveggio Pale di S. Martino. The slopes at Passo Rolle lie in the fabulous reign of the majestic Pale di S. Martino. From Skiarea Alpe Cermis – the home of the longest slope of the valley, the 7.5-km-long Olimpia – your eyes get lost in one of the most enchanting landscapes of the Dolomites. Another wonderful place where you can get captivated by the dawn and sunset colours reflecting on the limestone mountains at Passo di Lavazé-Occlini, the place where downhill meets cross country skiing.

Cavalese

Cavalese
Cavalese

Cavalese offers its guests plenty of opportunities to go skiing and to enjoy themselves on the snow in winter, and mountain hikes, horse-back rides and mountain biking excursions during the summer months.

Cavalese is spread out over a sunny terrace 1,000m above sea level, just in front of the Lagorai mountain range.

In the town centre the shop windows are full of hand-crafted goods and clothes; there are pubs, wine bars, a disco, highly rated restaurants, historic palazzo and modern sports facilities like the ice rink and the public swimming pool with an external and internal whirlpools.

The Alpe Cermis lift installations, starting from the town center, bring skiers and excursionists up towards spectacular Dolomite sceneries. Taking the cable-cars you can also get to the Dolomite cycling track and, in winter, the cross-country skiing trail of the Marcialonga.

Don’t pass up a visit to the Parco della Pieve, the Palazzo of the Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme with the witch prisons and the Center of Contemporary Art.

Alpe Cermis

Alpe Cermis
Alpe Cermis

Downhill ski lovers can enjoy 23 km runs in this ski area, which can be reached via Cavalese.

All levels of skiing are offered; beginners can start at the 2000 m a.s.l. and expert skiers try the very challenging Olimpia run – it is 7.5 km long and covers a difference in altitude of 1,400 metres.

The area is equipped with cutting edge lift systems consisting of 3 cableways seating 8 per car, 3 automatic hook-up four-seat chair lifts, 1 ski lift and a beginners’ moving walkway, plus high altitude mountain huts that offer hot local dishes, ski schools and ski equipment rentals. Families will enjoy the magical realm of CermisLandia, a lovely snow playground and kindergarten where qualified personnel will entertain the kids with various activities and animation programmes while the parents relax and ski at will.

Tesero

Tesero
Tesero

The town, 1,000m above sea level, is renowned for its ancient views and for its artistic hand-crafted goods, the furniture manufacturers and the production of sound boards for pianos and violins. At Christmas one-hundred cribs appear in the alleys, in the courtyards, in windows and stables, for the major event Tesero e i suoi Presepi (Tesero and its cribs). Each summer the event Le corte de Tiezer commemorates ancient practices and traditions.

The cross-country centre at Lago di Tesero is home to the Nordic skiing World Championships (1991, 2003, 2013). The lift installations of the Pampeago hamlet will take you to the ski carousel of the Ski Center Latemar in winter and in summer they’ll take you to the art park RespirArt and to the themed trails of Latemarium. On bike you can explore the Dolomites cycling track , the mountain bike trails and the “pink climb” of the Giro d’Italia. In Stava the indoor rock climbing is also very popular.

Predazzo

Predazzo
Predazzo

Highly tipical of Predazzo are the tabià, special buildings where animals were kept and country work carried out.

The most highly populated town in Val di Fiemme, 1000 meters above sea level, it boasts the highest concentration of geological varieties in the world, all of which can be admired on the Doss Capèl geological trail and in the Museo Geologico delle Dolomiti.

The lift installations will take you to the Ski Center Latemar, with about 46km of slopes, and to the skiarea Bellamonte-Alpe Lusia, amidst the fir and spruce trees of the Paneveggio Nature Park. Predazzo is also the home to the Ski Jumping Stadium, which has played host to three Nordic skiing World Championships. Amongst the fairy-tale like places aimed at kids, there are the Montagna Animata (animated mountain) with its Foresta dei Draghi (forest of dragons) (cable-car Predazzo-Gardoné) and the Giro d’Ali with its water games (Bellamonte, chairlift Castelir-Le Fassane).

In the historic centre you can see frescoes and fountains, and a little further away there is a public swimming pool surrounded by greenery. The path that leads to the Sottosassa ravine is stunning with its waterfalls and porphyry walls kitted out for climbing. In Valmaggiore you will find the Bosco che Suona (the sounding wood), where the resonating fir trees have been “christened” by musicians of international acclaim.

Panchià

Panchià
Panchià

Panchià is located in the heart of Val di Fiemme, at the foot of the Cornon massif and Monte Agnello and along the Avisio stream. It used to be mainly a farming town, but nowadays its economy is based on tourism and handicraft.

From Panchià it is easy to reach the main ski areas of the area, such as Ski Center Latemar, Alpe Cermis and Bellamonte-Alpe di Lùsia. There are also numerous downhill-runs winding all the way through the valley, the cross-country ski centres, the track for the Marcialonga di Fiemme e Fassa competition.

Among the highlights to see, the town features the parish church of S. Valentino, dating back to 1190, the wooden bridge of Panchià with its two-pitch roof, and the Gothic-style frescoed aedicula called Capitèl dei Nastasi.

Daiano

Daiano
Daiano

The sunniest town in the whole area, Daiano is located very close to Varena, on the road to Lavazè Pass, in the very heart of the Val di Fiemme valley. Thanks to its strategic location, it is the ideal base to reach the main ski areas of Val di Fiemme for downhill skiing – Alpe Cermis and Ski Center Latemar – and for cross-country skiing – Lavazè cross-country ski centre, which is one of the most popular ski centres in the whole area.

The town features an interesting historical castle, Castel Croda, a very large Gothic style building, where refugees used to hide in past times. The huge fountains carved from a single porphyry block are also remarkable.

Ziano di Fiemme

Ziano di Fiemme
Ziano di Fiemme

Located in the middle of Val di Fiemme, Ziano is a picturesque group of villages perched on the alluvial plain of Avisio stream. The town-centre is surrounded by fir-woods, but also wide meadows, mostly flat.

Thanks to the Latemar and Cermis facilities for downhill skiing provided with a convenient ski bus service, Ziano is an ideal venue for a winter vacation. The cross-country ski-runs are also very close to the town-centre.

Belvedere village features a very popular snow park for kids, and Val di Fiemme organizes numerous activities for children. Ski facilities for kids are available at Pampeago, the Latemar Ski Center and Alpe Cermis.

Brenta Dolomites

Adamello Brenta Nature Park

Sede del Parco
Sede del Parco

Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo and Val Rendena are surrounded by the Adamello Brenta Nature Park, the widest protected area of Trentino (620,5 km2), which includes two different geological ad geo-morphological landscapes: the Adamello-Presanella mountains westward (with glaciers, rivers, waterfalls and lakes) and the Brenta Dolomites eastward (with peaks and great rock towers).

Between these two worlds there are several side valleys – Vallesinella, Val Genova, Val Nambrone are the most famous – each one with its peculiar landscape.

There are numerous species of animals: the brown bear, that was brought back in the protected area thanks to the project Life Ursus, chamois, deers, roe deers, eagles, steinbocks, foxes, badgers, martens, grouses, marmots, white partridge and many other big and small animals.

The flora includes more than 1.200 species, the trees are 25 millions and the paths net on foot is more than 700 km.

Info Point

Strembo
8.30 am – 12 pm; 2 pm – 6.00; Saturday and Sunday: closed
Ph. +39 0465 806666

S. Antonio di Mavignola (14.06 – 20.09)
9 am – 12 pm; 3 pm – 6.30 pm;
tel. +39 0465 507501

Dimaro (22.06 – 30.06 and 5-6.09)
9.30 am – 12 pm; 2 pm – 6 pm; Monday closed

Brenta Dolomites

The Brenta Dolomites
The Brenta Dolomites

They are the only group of the Dolomites westwards Adige river, and they have been the destination of mountaineers and hikers from all over the world from more than one century: they offer an extraordinary variety of climbing and equipped paths, many refuges and bivouac. The group extends for about 40 kilometers from north to south and for about 12 kilometers from east to west. Its natural 4 boundaries are the “Valle di Sole” northwards, the “Valle di Non” , the Molveno lake and the Paganella group eastwards, the “Valli Giudicarie” southwards and the “Val Rendena” westwards. The whole Brenta group is included in the Adamello Brenta Nature Park area.
The Brenta Dolomites have unique rock peaks, that from dawn to dusk paint themselves pink, and majestic natural sceneries: among the most famous tops there are Crozzon di Brenta, Cima Tosa, Cima Brenta, Campanil Basso and Castelletti di Vallesinella.

Mountain huts in the Brenta Dolomites and Adamello-Presanella group

Brentei Refuge
Brentei Refuge

To make you fully appreciate the mountains and experience the unbeatable view of sunset or dawn among silent peaks, we suggest you sleep at least once in a mountain hut in the Brenta Dolomites and Adamello-Presanella group, near Madonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo Val Rendena.

Friendly and reassuring, the mountain huts welcome walkers and reward their efforts with a comfortable and cosy atmosphere, complete with the staff’s friendly smile so typical of the people who live, enjoy and know mountains like the back of their hand.

Val Brenta

Val Brenta
Val Brenta

It is one of the most suggestive alpine landscape in the Adamello Brenta Nature Park, a big amphitheater of the Dolomites that encloses the Val Brenta, once the main access to the Brenta Dolomites. The landscape of the low and middle valley, even though without the past beautiful beeches than replaced with coniferous woods, has still the features of the pastoral life of that time in the Brenta Bassa and Brenta Alta alpine huts, from which the majestic Crozzon di Brenta can be admired.

Vallesinella waterfalls

Vallesinella waterfalls
Vallesinella waterfalls

The water gushes out from the rocks and breaks in a variety of rivers and waterfalls: they are Vallesinella waterfalls. They are crossed by Vallesinella river, divided in high and low waterfalls and are about one kilometer long totally.

Pinzolo, the heart of the Val Rendena

Pinzolo San Vigilio Church
Pinzolo San Vigilio Church

The village of Pinzolo streches from one side to the other one of the valley, framed by the Dossone mountainsides westward, the Lancia peak northward, the Doss del Sabion eastward, and the Brenta Dolomites all around. Traditionally, the name of Pinzolo is linked to the Sarca river, that swept away the old village of Bolbeno with a flood: according to one version, the flood avoided only a “pinza” (corner) of that patch of land, according to another version only a “pin sol” (only a pine). Now, the village is made up by three hamlets: Baldino (the ancient center), Carera (the central part) and Ruina. In Pinzolo the first Italian Alpine Rescue Corp was founded in 1952.

San Vigilio church and Danza Macabra fresco

San Vigilio church dates back before the year one thousand and it is one of the most important building of Trentino. At the beginning it was only a chapel, then torn down and replaced with the present buiding with three naves supported by granite columns. Its most famous paintings are Danza Macabra and the Seven Capital Vices, frescoed by Simone Baschenis. Danza Macabra depicts tha Death dancing, in front of which all the people are the same; it is 21 meters long, with 40 figures and captions in vernacular that show the death warning to humankind.

The grinder monument and the emigrants path

The grinder monument
The grinder monument

Placed at the beginning of the village, the monument was realized in 1969 thanks to the offering of Rendena emigrants abroad. The monument is dedicated to the big emigration of Val Rendena grinders in the world, where they worked with their tools to grind blades and knives.
Moreover, there is the emigrants path, a singular pavement with 92 granite plates that shows the names of the countries and towns where the migrant workers went to.

Sant’Antonio di Mavignola

Sant’Antonio di Mavignola
Sant’Antonio di Mavignola

Hamlet of Pinzolo village, Sant’Antonio di Mavignola is located on a hill made by a heap of morainal debris of the post glacial ages. At the beginning many inhabitants were peasant families from Pinzolo, who in summer brought their livestock to those pastures, before reaching the alpine huts (“malghe”) at the highest altitudes. It seems that the first core of the village was in Milegna area, where now you can see the ancient farms dedicated to the mountain pasture.

Val Nambrone

Val Nambrone
Lago Scuro Val Nambrone

Rich in water and woods, Val Nambrone extends along about 9 kilometers in the south-east part of Presanella group, between Presanella massif and Monte Nambrone-Monte Serodoli ridge, which separates Val Nambrone from Campiglio valley. Val Nambrone has a glacial origin and it is crossed by Sarca di Nambrone river, which comes from the homonymous lake. The two orographical sides are asymmetric: the left one is steep, while the right one goes inside the heart of Presanella with the two valleys of Amola and Cornisello. The landscape is harsh and wild in the high part and in the valleys around it, while the low part has a luxuriant greenery and it is rich in water, with many rural settlements and alpine huts.

Valagola

Valagola
Valagola lake

It goes beyond the beautiful forest of Cantin, which has been kept as a virgin alpine wood. Coming out of the forest, you reach the grassy banks of the little lake of Valagola and the luxuriant fir forest. The peace of the lake embraces the majestic tops around it.

Val Genova

Cascate_Nardis_-_Val_Genova
Cascate Nardis Val Genova

The beautiful and wild Val Genova, a branched valley of Val Rendena placed in western Trentino, stretches through the heart of Adamello mountain, hidding ancient tales and a litlle bit of magic in its extraodinary nature. The valley is placed in the western part of Adamello Brenta Nature Park and, with its deep crack of glacial origin crossed by Sarca di Genova river, it separates the two mountain groups of Presanella northward and Adamello southward.

From Carisolo, the valley goes among steep slopes, broad-leaved and coniferous woods. At higher altitudes the valley becomes wider and, after 17 km, it ends in the spectacular circle of rock faces and glaciers that from Mandron, Lobbia e Lares go down to Bedole plain, The huge crystalline rocks were the setting in the second half of the nineteenth century of the first climbing expeditions on Trentino mountains and later of the first world war, fought between Italian and Austrian. Still today you can see a big war cannon, that was brought here by the alpine troops on Cresta Croce top (3313 mt) during the war.

Val Genova landscape is particularly rich in water and you can see the wonderful Lares and Nardis waterfalls. From Rendena valley you can go cycling along the whole Val Genova.

According to the legend, Val Genova is also the place of devils and witches, who lived in the most out-of-the-way and wild valley of Val Rendena in far-off times. It is said that, during Trento council, all the witches of the “Bishopric of Trento” had been sent away from the town and interned in the far Val Genova. There is who, still today, believes that in this valley something of magic and irrational sometimes happens…

Venosta Valley


This is an excerpt from the book “Südtirol and Dolomites”.

venosta valley train
Venosta Valley train

Situated amidst the beautiful Southern Alpine region of South Tyrol at the borders of Italy, Austria and Switzerland, Venosta Valley is characterized by its unique arid climate, family-friendly ski resorts and by some of the highest mountains in the entire Alps.

Venosta Valley, the place of discovery of the 5000 year old ice mummy Ötzi, is also a region of numerous hiking trails, paths and serpentines for hikers, Nordic Walkers and mountain bikers. Spectacular mountain ranges such as Ortles-Cevedale, Sesvenna or the Ötztal Alps characterize the steep landscape in South Tyrol, while the valley itself is home to some of the oldest churches and cloisters in Central Europe.

Venosta Valley in South Tyrol was formerly an area of transit between South and North dating from ancient times, and at the same time an area of retreat, due to its high mountains. Therefore many buildings were erected, and very few were destroyed. The biggest trace of the Roman Empire is the ancient Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta, which leads right through the valley and still exists in places. Today it is a highlight for cyclists, who love to cycle the 80 km downhill route from the Resia/Reschen pass or Malles/Mals to Merano/Meran, passing many historical sites.

The East-West valley offers visitors an arid mountain side and a green mountain side, each of which offers its own fantastic advantages.

Venosta Valley in South Tyrol offers a wide variety of high quality accommodations, from B&Bs to 5-star hotels, from farm holidays to camping, glamping and private rooms for let, all of the highest quality in their categories.

Reschenpass – Resia Pass

Reschensee
Reschensee Reschenpass

The villages of Resia/Reschen, Curon/Graun and San Valentino/St. Valentin are located along the old Roman imperial road, the Via Claudia Augusta, on the border between Italy, Austria and Switzerland. The unique location between different cultures has characterized the people and their country. The centre of the region is the drowned Romanesque tower that juts from Resia Lake.

The big spectacular lake in the Resia Pass holiday area attires enthusiasts of uncommon sports like kite surfers and snowkite surfers sand all those who like to spend their holidays by the water. The side valleys Vallelunga/Langtaufers and Roja/Rojen have hardly been exploited for touristic purposes and remain quiet resorts for holidaymakers in search of peace and unspoilt nature. In winter snow is guaranteed at elevations beyond 4,600ft/1,400m. 3 ski resorts, 2 countries, 1 ski pass, 117 km of runs, 25 cable cars and lifts, all incorporated into the Resia Pass Ski Paradise.

Obervinschgau – Upper Venosta Valley

Obervinschgau
Abbazia Santa Maria Obervinschgau

The medieval town walls of Glorenza/Glurns, the smallest place in South Tyrol to bear the title of town, seven towers at Malles/Mals, the Coira Castle guarding the valley at Sluderno/Schluderns, and the Monte Maria monastery gleaming white above Burgusio/Burgeis are just a few of the cultural gems which beckon here. Meadows, mountain farms and pretty hospitable villages testify to the area’s stubborn pride.

The area offers plenty for nature lovers who prefer relaxing pursuits, for example shady mountainside trails beside old irrigation channels with spectacular views across to the glacier-clad summits in the Ortles massif. In winter the valleys of Mazia/Matsch, Slingia/Schlinig, Planol/Planeil and Tubre/Taufers in the Monastero/Müster Valley attract snowshoeing, Alpine ski touring and winter hiking enthusiasts. The Venosta Valley is the driest and sunniest valley in the entire Alpine region. Most popular among families is the sun-drenched Watles ski area.

Prad am Stilfersjoch – Prato allo Stelvio

Prad am Stilfersjoch
Prad am Stilfersjoch

Prato allo Stelvio is the ideal point of departure for some of the most spectacular and challenging hikes, mountain climbs or ski tours in the entire Alps. This lively mountain village is situated at the foot of the Stelvio National Park. It stretches from Spondiga at 900 meters up to Montechiaro Masi at an altitude of 1,500 meters.

The picturesque villages of Agumes and Montechiaro extend along the slopes of the Stelvio National Park, up to Montechiaro Alpine pasture while the imposing ruins of the old fort of Lichtenberg Castle dominate the scene up on the hill above the town. At the acquaprad Park Visitors’ Center in the town, the vital role played by water in the area is described in an interactive presentation.

Ortler Stelvio National Park

Ortler Stelvio National Park
Trafoi Ortler Stelvio National Park

With two skiing areas in Solda/Sulden and Trafoi, the Ortles region is truly a top-class location for winter sports. Home to a magnificent range of flora and fauna, the Stelvio National Park includes the 3,905-meter Ortles and the other five 3,500 m+ peaks in the Ortles group.

The expansive Solda ski area offers winter holidaymakers 44 km of varied pistes, a funpark and a reliable modern infrastructure at more than 3,000 m above sea level. The ski area at Trafoi is an idyllic family-friendly area in the Stelvio National Park. The high-Alpine mountain world of Solda and Trafoi is not only a paradise for skiers, snowboarders and freerider. Challenging summits await experienced Alpine skiers. Those wishing to explore the snowy mountain landscape at a more leisurely pace can enjoy winter walks and snowshoe hikes.

A huge number of paths and mountain trails enable visitors to explore the multi-faceted cultural landscape of this unique region by foot, mountain bike or road bike.
With a network of over 250 km of marked trails, the diverse high-Alpine landscape of the Stelvio National Park forms one of the most popular walking areas in South Tyrol. On and around the Ortles, visitors can take advantage of themed trails, mountain hikes and alpine climbs to suit all levels of difficulty and challenge.

Schlander  Laas – Silandro Lasa

Schlander Laas
Schlander Laas

White marble from Lasa, apricots and apples from the Silandro area are well-known and much sought-after. Here the steppe-like landscape of the Monte Sole Mountain has strongly influenced the character of the people here. Discover the charm of the area on saunter around the main village of the valley, Silandro/Schlanders, and Lasa/Laas. The Stelvio National Park to the south beckons with challenging mountain and climbing tours amid rugged natural landscapes, while relaxing walks beside the irrigation channels flowing across the slopes of the sun-drenched Sonnenberg on the valley’s northern side are a delight for nature lovers. The Silandro-Lasa holiday area offers accommodation of the most diverse type, but always of the highest quality: from nature holidays on farms, relaxed camping holidays, apartments or half-board up to high end wellness hotels.

Latsch Martelltal – Laces Val Martello

Martelltal
Martelltal

With 315 days of sunshine hikers, biker and climbers will find ideal conditions for an active holiday in the region Laces-Val Martello. There are trails to suit everyone: undemanding itineraries for the family to explore including the so-called ‘Waalwege’, themed walks and excursions, guided tours and walks up to the mountain shelters and Alpine huts.

At the entrance to the Martello Valley and Laces, between the ridges of the Monte Sole mountain and those of the Monte Tramontana just below the Stelvio National Park and the Texel Mountain Nature Reserve, lies one of the most diverse network of paths to be found anywhere in the Alps.

Besides the network of hiking and biking trails, the wide range of outdoor sporting options in the Laces and Martello holiday region include climbing, river rafting, swimming and sheer fun in the Laces Aqua Forum pools creating a total outdoor summer holiday experience. In winter, skiers take off from the nearby skiing areas and cross-country skiing enthusiasts turn out in droves on the Nordic Center for cross-country skiing in the Martello Valley.

The Stelvio National Park is the largest protected area in Italy and the second-largest nature reserve in size in the Alpine region, enclosing the entire Ortler Mountain Group within its boundaries together with some of the highest peaks in the region. The quiet and pristine mountains of the Martello Valley attract both nature lovers and tourists in search of peace and tranquillity.

Kastelbell Tschars – Castelbello Ciardes

Kastelbell Tschars
Kastelbell Tschars

The Castelbello Castle and the Juval Castles dominate the landscape in the lower part of the Venosta Valley. The one is a cultural venue, gallery and landmark, the other the summer residence of the great mountaineer Reinhold Messner and also accommodates part of his Messner Mountain Museum. The soils on the sunny side of the Venosta Valley between Castelbello/Kastelbell and Ciardes/Tschars are made up of sand and clay and yield delicate, aromatic white wines, while the views along the irrigation channel paths range from the incredibly high summits in the west of South Tyrol to the Dolomites.

Merano surroundings – summer


This is an excerpt from the book “Südtirol and Dolomites”.

Schenna

Schenna
Schenna

The quaint village of Schenna, nestled between vineyards and orchards, is situated above Merano. A distant view of a world of alpine mountains radiates peace and tranquillity. Schenna, just 4 km from Merano, connects directly with the Merano 2000 hiking and ski area and ski resort.

Schenna’s individual neighbourhoods are quite diverse in terms of culture and landscape, since the elevation of the village ranges from 600 to 1,500 metres: the higher-altitude areas typify South Tyrol’s rural lifestyle, criss-crossed by scenic hiking trails, while the village centre, with its squares, restaurants and many shops, just begs you to take a leisurely stroll through town and do some shopping.

History
The historical town centre, with its many churches and the mausoleum of Archduke Johann, is a reflection of Schenna’s turbulent history. The imposing Scena Castle, which dates from the fourteenth century, is perched high above the recently renovated town centre.

Lana the castles and churches village on the Adige River

Lana-Vigiljoch
Lana-Vigiljoch

The family-friendly market town of Lana, south of Merano, combines the advantages of a rural environment with a vibrant, urbane town centre. Lana offers a high quality of life and a wide range of recreational and cultural activities, making it as popular with locals as it is with tourists.

Lana is the starting point of a number of different popular cycling routes and convenient to beloved hiking areas such as the car-restricted S. Vigilio (Vigiljoch) Mountain or the nearby Val d’Ultimo (Ultental) Valley. Especially popular amongst cyclists is a route that traditionally forms a leg of the Giro d’Italia: the path winds up Nonsberg Mountain along the snaking Gampenpass.

Castles, manors and churches
With about 40 churches, chapels, and monasteries dating back ten centuries, Lana is an important site for ecclesiastic history. In addition to the sacred buildings, a number of other medieval castles grace the townscape – among them Brandisburg, Leonburg, and Braunsburg.

The neighbouring communities
Lana’s neighbouring communities are numerous and equally diverse. The apple village of Cermes (Tscherms) is rich in castles, walking paths, and ornate gardens while the resort of Foiana (Völlan), known for the healthful quality of its air, and the main local mountain, San Vigilio, are unique recreation areas.
The two neighbouring towns beyond the Adige River, Postal (Burgstall) and Gargazzone (Gargazon), are noted for their culinary offerings and a biotope that teems with nearly 400 different species of birds.

Dorf Tirol

Dorf Tirol
Dorf Tirol

The village of Dorf Tirol is draped charmingly across the sun-drenched vineyards above the spa town of Merano. A chair lift whisks visitors from the centre of Merano up to the pretty and bustling village of Dorf Tirol. This feature makes Dorf Tirol a truly unique starting point for hikes, tours or treks into an alpine world- only minutes away from Merano.

The Tessa (Texel) Group Nature Park begins in the village of Dorf Tirol. It is the largest natural park in South Tyrol and encompasses parts of the Ötztal Alps. Tirolo has always been an ideal point of departure for exploration and expeditions into a vast hiker’s paradise. The ten Spronser Lakes, situated at an altitude of around 2,500 metres, form the largest high-alpine lake district and one of the most beautiful groups of lakes in the Alps.

The history
As the German name Dorf Tirol – as in “Südtirol” – suggests, the village is not only a gourmet and hiking paradise but is also steeped in history. The South Tyrol Museum of Culture and History is located inside Tyrol Castle, which was built in the high Middle Ages and towers majestically above the village. The museum has a wonderful contemporary design and gives detailed information about the history of the town and the region, including the former County of Tirol.

Passeier Valley – Pfelders

Passeier Valley
Passeier Valley Pfelders

The Passeier Valley, which forms a branch of the Merano basin, has everything that lovers of activity holidays and families who like hiking could possibly want: 5 km near the city of Merano are well situated between orchards and vineyards the two holiday places Riffian and Kuens. Hospitality and south tyrolian tradition will welcome you in Riffian and Kuens. Taking St. Martin and St. Leonhard as your starting point, you can take extensive hikes in the mountains.

The high alpine villages of Hinterpasseier, where the Ötztal, Stubai and Sarntaler Alps meet, are substantially more rustic. Moos, Stuls, Rabenstein, Platt and Pfelders offer a myriad of options for recreation, activities, and relaxation in summer and winter alike.
Every municipality here has its own charm. The village of Stuls is located on an exposed site, getting more sunshine hours than any other town in the region. The former mining village of Moos is home to the new Mooseum, which winds into rock tunnels.

Rabenstein’s ice tower is one of Europe’s largest and most spectacular ice-climbing facilities while the high alpine town of Pfelders, which has an extensive area for skiing and winter sports, is family friendly and romantic. An old mule and smugglers’ path across Passo Rombo (Timmelsjoch) has connected Passeier Valley (Passeiertal) with the Ötztal Valley for centuries. Today the High Alpine Road across the pass offers numerous stops with architectural sculptures and a high alpine gallery.

Naturns

Naturns
Naturns

Located at the foot of the Tessa (Texel) Mountains, the wellness village of Naturns has more than 300 sunny days a year, making it the sunniest town in the Alps. Here, the diversity of the landscape in the Merano and Environs holiday destination is particularly pronounced since Naturns encompasses two completely different sides of the valley. While Montesole doesn’t have much rainfall and has thus an astonishingly Mediterranean appearance, the shady, wooded Monte Tramontano (Nörderberg) is its alpine foil.

Naturno is also the perfect place for mountain bike and racing bike fans. The European Cycle Path follows along the old Roman Claudia Augusta trading route. Just sit back comfortably and the new Val Venosta Railway Service Bike and Train offer, “bikemobil Card”, will take you up to the Passo Resia pass. Then, you can hop on your saddle and peddle 80 kilometres along the river Adige all the way down to Merano if you like.
The recently-founded Ötzi Bike Academy members and a number of professional bike guides work together to offer various guided bike excursions, everything from easy rides to much more exacting adventures. They also provide technical training, valuable practical tips, GPS track uploads, GPS rental and special holiday offers.

History
Naturns is an ideal spot for a holiday, whether focused on activity or leisure. Because the area was inhabited way back in ancient times, Naturns also offers some interesting gems and art and cultural treasures. The S. Procolo Church is absolutely unique, boasting the oldest frescoes in German-speaking Europe: the paintings date back to before Charlemagne. Juval Castle, home of extreme mountain climber Reinhold Messner, towers majestically above.

Algund – Lagundo

Algund - Lagundo
Algund – Lagundo

The small town of Algund, near Merano, ranges from 320 to 1360 metres in altitude. Algund is all about pleasure and joie de vivre. The bustling community is a fusion of remarkable contrasts: it has a quiet, rural atmosphere on the one hand, yet is painted with Merano’s urban chic at the same time. This is purely the result of proximity: Algund is just minutes away from the spa town, yet is nestled cosily into orchards and vineyards.

The parts of town that lie at higher elevations reach all the way up to the mountains at 1,600 metres: Vellau (Velloi), for example, offers a panoramic view over the entire Val d’Adige (Etschtal) Valley.

Above the village, you’ll find the Algunder Waalweg path alongside the old irrigation chanels, which runs relatively flat from Oberplars (Plars di Sopra) to Gratsch (Grazze)—about 6 kilometres. The Algunder Waalweg is one of the most archetypal hiking trails in the area, and also offers splendid panoramic views over the Val d’Adige, Ifinger (Ivinga) Mountain, Hirzer Peak (Punta Cervina) and Tyrol Castle.

Senales Valley

Senales Valley
Senales Valley

The high alpine Senales Valley in the Tessa (Texel) Group Nature Park is one of the most scenically interesting valleys in South Tyrol. It offers 300 kilometres of sign-posted hiking trails of all levels of difficulty, all the way up to Palla Bianca (Weißkugel), the highest peak at 3,738 metres in elevation. This high mountain valley, in which Ötzi, the celebrated glacial mummy, was found 20 years ago is the only glacial ski area in Merano and Environs. There are more than 35 kilometres of runs for skiers, snowboarders, backcountry skiers, and fans of telemark skiing alike.

In the valleys’ five picturesque villages called Katharinaberg, Karthaus, Madonna di Senales, Vernagt at Lake and Maso Corto, you can choose among activity holidays, cultural trips through Prehistory or simply take time to relax.

Due to the valley’s inaccessibility, a notorious smugglers’ path once ran through here – you can still hike along this path today. The spectacular sheep drive, which takes place on the main Alpine ridge in mid-June, is also well known: just a few shepherds drive up to 4,000 sheep over a mountain more than 3,000 metres high. And for those who seek a challenge, in honour of the Ice-man there is the Ötzi Alpine Mountain Marathon.

PartschinsRabland – Töll

Partschins
Partschins

The municipality of Partschins, together with its two communities of Rabland and Töll on the edge of the natural reserve, is known as the Gateway to the Texel Mountains. Each of these three villages is an ideal starting point for hiking, day trips and alpine excursions in the mountains.
Churches, manors, and farmhouses grace the picturesque village of Parcines, while nature trails provide a rare glimpse into life as it once was.

The Partschins waterfall
A special attraction is the Partschins waterfall, which, spanning 98 metres, is the highest waterfall in South Tyrol. So it comes as no surprise that the region is extremely popular with climbing enthusiasts. For trained and accomplished climbers crossing the waterfall is considered an exciting challenge.

The museums
A modern museum in the village centre documents the history of the typewriter from its invention in Parcines right up to the computer age. Mondo Treno in Raband, the largest museum of model railways in Italy, is all about fun and games – you’ll enjoy it as much as your children will.

Marling

Marling
Marling

Marling is located three kilometres southwest of Merano (Meran), on a moraine hill above the horseracing track. Recreation and relaxation are of primary focus in this small community, which knows how to blend tradition with innovation and reconcile the quiet country life with proximity near a town. In addition to traditional activities and events, there are leisure activities ranging from hiking and biking to tennis, from mountain biking to swimming.

Foodies will also love Marlengo for its first-rate farm products including fruit and asparagus, liqueurs, and last but certainly not least, honey.

The Marling Waalweg
This watercourse, 12 kilometres long, is the longest trail of the Merano area. Originally a watercourse for irrigation purposes, the Waalweg is now popular as a hiking trail with visitors. The forest trail, which parallels the watercourse for a length of 2 kilometres, is equipped with information boards on various aspects of the forest environment.

Ulten Valley – Val d’Ultimo

Ulten Valley
Ulten Valley

A holiday in the rustic Ulten Valley means immersion in a lively, rough tradition that has survived the unscrupulous progress unscathed. The thousand-year-old ancient larches in St. Gertraud (Santa Gertrude), considered the oldest conifers in Europe, are a testament to this.

You can get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life by taking to some of the almost 600 kilometres of hiking trails that cover the valley. On these relaxing hikes, you can marvel at the surrounding vistas, places of great natural beauty, such as the impressive mountains in the Stilfs national park, some of which are more than 3000 metres high.

Deutschnonsberg, with its four villages St. Felix, Laurein, Proveis and the place of pilgrimage Senale, is also located in an endearing spot. You will find peace and rest in this quiet and remote area.

Tisens and Prissian

Tisens
Tisens Castelrotto

There are two villages that can be described as castle towns in the highlands above Lana: Tisens (Tesimo) and Prissian (Prissiano). A total of six castles and manor houses, including Katzenzungen Castle with its famous Versoaln grapevine, a mystical little church, and a number of different chapels create a living testament to a bygone age.

Today, locals and tourists alike enjoy the tranquillity and ambience of the two villages, their narrow winding alleys, and town squares. Beyond, there are numerous trails for biking and hiking as well as the Trail of International Felt Crafts.

The chestnut
Fruit trees and chestnut groves line the castle towns. The Keschtn, which means “chestnut” in the South Tyrolean dialect, was once a staple food and still garners a great deal of respect: the Keschtnriggl Festival is one of the autumn harvest festivals held in Tesimo and Prissiano and is devoted exclusively to the chestnut.

Nals – Nalles

Nalles
Nalles

Nals (Nalles), known as the Village of Roses, is located 16 kilometres south of Merano. This, the southernmost town in the Merano and Environs region, is strikingly bucolic: colourful vegetation, roses, vineyards, and fruit trees crisscross the pretty village. The mild climate and unspoilt landscape, replete with orchards and vineyards, guarantee that people have a special sense of wellbeing when in Nals.

You’ll find culinary events, wine tastings, and Törggele evenings, featuring regional specialties and fine wines throughout the course of the year.

Nals is not just for nature-lovers and gourmets, though: because it is situated along the South Tyrol Wine Road and is crossed by very manageable bike paths, the village is also an important hub for cyclists.

Merano


This is an excerpt from the book “Südtirol and Dolomites”.

Meran Kurhaus
Meran Kurhaus

No place embodies the cultural diversity and Alpine-Mediterranean lifestyle in the holiday destination Merano and Environs better than the spa town of Merano itself. This is a crossroads between the majesty of the Alps and the allure of the South: a place where the barrenness of high mountain terrain is cancelled out by lush Mediterranean vegetation, a place where town and country interact in unique symbiosis. In addition to a wide array of spa and wellness options, Merano offers a rich array of recreational and cultural activities.

Spa tradition
A long tradition as a spa town has left its mark on Merano. Historical and contemporary architecture are in perfect harmony along the Passer River: modern design hotels stand right next to traditional buildings from the Belle Epoque.
Even today, Merano is all about the personal wellbeing of the guests who come to the area in search of rest and relaxation.

Highlights of a feel-good holiday include the new Merano Thermal Baths spa complex and the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle botanical gardens.

Merano Thermal Baths

Terme Merano
Terme Merano

Though the treatments offered still include radon-containing mineral water (radon spa), the Merano Thermal Baths of today do not have much in common with the traditional health resort of the past. An impressive oasis of well-being has been created in the heart of the city. A transparent cube of glass and steel with warmly accented wooden elements, arches above the thirteen indoor pools. In the 50.000 sq. meter park belonging to the thermal baths, thirteen open-air swimming pools have been added. The overall effect offers pure relaxation in the midst of nature.

Five different ski resorts

In the Merano and Environs holiday region, there are five very different winter sports areas, ranging from an old-style family ski resort to the Glacier Ski Resort of Senales Valley.

Each of the five areas fulfils specific demands: from Meran 2000, which is in close proximity the Merano city centre, to the pristine Schwemmalm in Ulten Valley, and from the romantic Vigiljoch to the idyllic Alpine village of Pfelders. If you are looking for a real athletic challenge, you’ll find it on the Glacier Ski Resort Senales Valley glacier.

Meran 2000

Meran2000
Meran 2000 ski area

This sunny ski area, ideal for families, is situated on a high-plateau above the town of Merano and features 40 km of ski runs suitable for skiers of all levels. Merano 2000 is just minutes away from Merano.
It is a ski and hiking area perfect for those wanting to spend a day in the mountains while in the evening enjoying the beautiful city of Merano. The elegance here is not only in the slopes, but also along the quaint streets in the old town.

With floodlit trails and romantic torch lit descents, it’s possible to ski at Merano 2000 in the evening too. The toboggan run is well prepared and is great fun for young and old.

Snowpark Merano 2000
In the rear part of the skiing area on the Oswald-Slope, close to the Waidmann Alpine Cottage, the Snowpark Merano 2000 waits for brave Snowboarders and Freestylers. The park is structured in two sections. In the upper part, the Easy Lines are perfect for training and improving your skills. On the other hand the 6 Tables and the Easy and Medium Lines of the lower Park allow breathtaking jumps and tricks.

Glacier Ski Resort Senales Valley

Val Senales
Val Senales ski area

The Glacier Ski Resort Senales Valley offers excellent ski runs at altitudes up to 3,212 m a.s.l. In winter the descent to the valley below is 8 km and the cable car returns skiers to the top again in only 6 minutes. There is also a large snow park for freestylers, which is prepared daily.

The season in the glacier ski resort starts in September. At the glacier at 3200 meters already in autumn the snow conditions are perfect and professional ski and cross-country skiing teams lures for training.

For those who prefer back country skiing, there is a wide choice of routes to summits up to 3,700m above sea level, snow shelters and safe snow year round.

The 3.3 km long toboggan run, Tiroli’s Kinderland with free all day support and kids ski school makes this make this area especially family-friendly.

Pfelders the ski area in Passeir Valley with soft slopes

Pfelders
Pfelders ski area

The romantic village of Pfelders is located in the Passeier Valley and features soft slopes among the unspoiled surrounding scenery. Guests at the skiing resort Pfelders, have to walk no more than three minutes from their accommodation to the ski lift. With all of the cars parked in a safe place, kids can safely run around and play without the worry of traffic.

The Pfelders ski slopes vary greatly, meeting the needs of every type of skier. Horse rides through the snowy landscape, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice skating on the natural ice rink, cross-country skiing on floodlit slopes and tobogganing along the 3.5 km long toboggan run are all popular activities.

Schwemmalm ski area

Schwemmalm
Schwemmalm ski area

The Ulten Valley is a peaceful place and an ideal destination for families. The Schwemmalm ski resort offers a lot of fun with its 25 km of ski runs where visitors won’t wait for lifts. Here, visitors can meet the locals and enjoy a well earned rest in the old taverns.

The centre of the Schwemmalm ski resort has a self-service restaurant with a large sunny terrace, a ski lift and ski school with daycare for kids throughout the day. Free riders and ski enthusiasts can enjoy endless hiking trips and unique challenges.

Vigiljoch

Vigiljoch
Vigiljoch ski area

The Vigiljoch ski area and mountain are traffic free and can only be reached by cable car from the town of Lana in just seven minutes. The small ski resort is ideal for families and is characterised by its honest hospitality, endless winter hiking trails and four lifts capable of servicing 5 km of slopes and ski runs. It’s a winter adventure just like years gone by.

Vigilius Mountain Resort
San Vigilio is also home to the renowned five star Vigilius Mountain Resort, designed by Matteo Thun. The hotel fits harmonically into the surrounding area – despite or exactly because of its modern architectural style.

Holidays in the Dolomites: events and happenings all the year round

St. Zyprian Kirchlein
St. Zyprian Kirchlein – © TVB Rosengarten Latemar

Spending your holiday in the Dolomites does not only mean enjoying wonderful landscapes, it also means taking part in many interesting events.

If a lot of people decide to rent an apartment in the Dolomites every year to spend their holidays there, this is not only due to the beauty of these mountains, which attract tourists from all over the world in each season, it is also due to the rich program of different events that makes a stay in this place even more interesting and amusing. No matter if you love snow or if you prefer going for a walk or having a picnic, the typical pastimes to do in summer or spring, or if you are fascinated by the autumn colors of mountain: no matter what is your favorite season to take a break and spend a holiday in the Dolomites, which are considered among the most fascinating mountains in the world, in any case the villages of the Dolomites can offer you many different events. In summer, due to good weather and to the consequent possibility to spend more time outside, the program of the events is a bit richer, but the tourists that visit the Dolomites are never left empty-handed.

The events are always very variegated, and there are both sport and cultural events, folkloristic and food and wine happenings, and it is also thanks to this variety that the Dolomites are always very appreciated. As far as sport events is concerned, in Val di Fassa, just to make an example, many interesting events take place, from the “Dles Dolomites Marathon”, which always attracts thousands of runners (over 8000 in 2010) coming from many different countries, to the “Marcialonga Cycling”, which takes place for the 4th time this year. Also many interesting cultural events take place in these mountains, of which one of the most important is “I suoni delle Dolomiti” (the sounds of the Dolomites), a festival of classical, world and art music, which gains something more by the fact that it takes place in an unmatchable setting and for the combination nature-music that characterizes the event. As for art, Ortisei hosts “Gherdëina”, an important biennal exhibition dedicated to contemporary art, most notably to sculpture, during which it is possible to admire the works of some artists of national and international renown realized with different materials. As far as folkloristic events is concerned, at Christmastime you cannot miss the Christmas markets, which take place in many villages and cities. Some of the most famous ones take place in Trento, Cortina, Bressanone, Levico Terme and Arco. Also carnival, not only Christmas, is very important in these places: every year the Val di Fassa hosts the colorful celebrations of the Ladin carnival, an ancient and still very appreciated happening.

The Dolomites are also famous for the typical dishes that you can taste in these beautiful mountains: if you spend your holidays in the Dolomites, indeed, you can take part in many gastronomic events. From the most famous food fests, like the Kuchlkirchtig in Bressanone, to many other thematic events, like the chestnut fest in the Valle Isarco or the speck festival in the Val di Funes, the choice is really very wide.

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This article was written by Francesca Tessarollo

I Love Italian Wine and Food series – Trentino – Alto Adige Region

 Massimo Piazzi Filari a Caldaro
Photo Massimo Piazzi
Filari a Caldaro

An article by: Levi Reiss

If you are looking for fine Italian wine and food, consider the Trentino-Alto Adige region of northern Italy.

You may find a bargain, and I hope that you’ll have fun on this fact-filled wine education tour.

Trentino-Alto Adige is located in the center of Italy’s northern border. It touches both Switzerland and Austria. Among its tourist attractions are the Dolomite mountains, called “the most beautiful work of architecture even seen” by the famous architect Le Corbusier, glacier lakes, and Alpine forests.

In fact the region is composed of two parts, Trentino in the south and Alto Adige in the north. Alto Adige belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire for centuries, where it was known as Sudtirol. Like many other parts of Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige was often invaded. Unlike most other parts of Italy, this area is officially bilingual; a sizable portion of its population about 925 thousand is German speaking.

Trentino-Alto Adige has plentiful forests, and the hillsides are covered with fruit trees. This is Italy’s major apple-producing region. Only about 15% of the land can be cultivated. Agricultural products include corn, wheat, oats, barley, and rye. In addition to beef and dairy cattle, mining and manufacturing are prevalent.

Trento is the administrative center of Trentino and Bolzano is the administrative center of Alto Adige. Both are tourist towns. Trentino was the site of the Council of Trent lasting almost twenty years in the middle of the 16th Century with a major impact on the Catholic Church. Both these cities, and many others in the region, have numerous churches and secular sites of interest to tourists.

Trentino-Alto Adige devotes about thirty thousand acres to grapevines, it ranks 16th among the 20 Italian regions. Its total annual wine production is about 25 million gallons, giving it a 14th place. About 55% of the wine production is red or rose’, leaving 45% for white. The region produces 8 DOC wines. DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which may be translated as Denomination of Controlled Origin, presumably a high-quality wine. A whopping 79.1% of Trentino-Alto Adige wine carries the DOC designation, by far the highest percentage in Italy. Trentino-Alto Adige is home to almost four dozen major and secondary grape varieties, about half white and half red.

Widely grown international white grape varieties include Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Bianco, often called Pinot Blanc outside of Italy, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, often called Pinot Gris outside of Italy, Sylvaner, and Mueller-Thurgau. In fact, some say Gewurtztraminer originated in the Alto-Adige town of Termeno, known as Tramin in German. Italian white varieties include Nosiola, and Moscato Giallo, Trentino-Alto Adige’s version of the international Moscato (Muscat) grape.

Widely grown international red grape varieties include Pinot Nero, called Pinot Noir outside of Italy, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The best known strictly Italian red varieties are Schiava, Lagrein, Teroldego, and Marzemino.

Before reviewing the Trentino-Alto Adige wine and cheese that we were lucky enough to purchase at a local wine store and a local Italian food store, here are a few suggestions of what to eat with indigenous wines when touring this beautiful region.

Start with Ravioli della Val Pusteria, Rye Pasta with Spinach and Caraway Seeds. Then try Gulasch de Manzo, Beef, Potato, Onion, and Paprika Stew. For dessert indulge yourself with Krapfen Tirolesi, Fried Pastry with Marmalade and Powdered Sugar. Did you notice that these specialties seem as Austrian as Italian?

Wine Reviewed Concilio Pinot Nero Reserva 2002 12.5% alcohol about $15

I’ll start by quoting the marketing materials: “Pretty aromas of strawberry, pepper and earth lead to flavors that are soft and velvety. Good varietal characteristics demonstrated here in ths light-to-medium bodied, long finishing wine. Match to a grilled salmon or tuna.

And now for my thoughts. This wine has a cherry and tobacco nose and is mildly acidic. It tastes of tobacco. The wine is round, mouth-filling and somewhat robust. It is a bit older than most of the wines in this series, and frankly, it shows. Like many Pinot Noirs, it tasted of earth.

Once in a while I follow the producer’s suggestions. I felt this Pinot Noir was an excellent accompaniment to a grilled Atlantic salmon with steamed asparagus. The fish brought out the wine’s fruit flavors, and the wine did a great job of cutting the fish’s fattiness. I still remember the first time that I drank a Pinot Noir (Oregon, I believe) with salmon at the suggestion of a excellent fish restaurant. It’s a great combination when both the fish and the wine are high quality. I ended this meal with almond milk chocolate, washed down with a bit of wine. This latter combination is not classical, but the result was more than satisfactory.

My next tasting included beef stew and potatoes, zucchini and onions in a tomato sauce, and a commercially prepared moderately spicy “Turkish” salad based on red pepper, tomato, and onion. The wine was round, mouth-filling, a bit complex. The dominant taste was tobacco. But I was disappointed, the wine was short.

Asiago is a cheese whose characteristics differ widely depending on where it is made, and its aging. I happen to love a local Asiago that my neighborhood supermarket carries once in a while. It is relatively sharp. I am told that Wisconsin Asiago cheese typically has butterscotch undertones. The imported Asiago tasted with this wine was nutty and pleasantly acidic, but frankly not as good as the local version. The cheese brought out the earthy characteristics of the Pinot Noir. Interestingly enough, the wine immediately changed its flavor and became more acidic in the presence of a commercially prepared roasted butternut squash dip.

In a close call, my initial reaction was not to purchase this wine again. Then I changed my mind, I would purchase it again, but be quite careful in pairing the wine. There is a simple solution, serve it with a grilled, preferably Atlantic, salmon.

About the Author

Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. His wine website is www.theworldwidewine.com. You can reach him at ital@mail.theworldwidewine.com.

Trentino-Alto Adige Wine

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Campagne di Egna

Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy’s northernmost region, is walled in by the Rhaetian Alps and the Dolomites, so that only about 15 percent of the region’s land is cultivable and much that is produces fruit and wine grapes. The difficulty of growing vines on steep, often terraced hillsides compels growers to emphasize quality. About three-quarters of production is DOC and a major share of the wine is exported.

Trentino-Alto Adige, with borders on Austria and Switzerland, is split into two distinct provinces. Trentino, around the city of Trento (or Trent) to the south, is historically Italian in language and culture. Alto Adige, around the city of Bolzano (or Bozen) to the north, is known as Südtirol to the prominent German-speaking population. The South Tyrol, historically part of Austria, is officially bilingual.

In Trentino-Alto Adige, production of the numerous varietal wines is centered in two large DOC zones: Trentino in the south and Alto Adige or Südtirol in the north.

The Alto Adige DOC takes in wines from distinct zones noted for class: Colli di Bolzano/Bozner Leiten, Meranese di Collina/Meraner, Santa Maddalena/St. Magdalener, Terlano/Terlan, Valle d’Isarco/Eisacktal, and Val Venosta/Vinschgau. Although experts agree that the Alpine climate favors grapes for perfumed white wines, the historical emphasis has been on reds, which still account for more than half of the region’s production.

The dominant vine variety of Alto Adige is Schiava or Vernatsch, a source of light, bright reds that flow north prodigiously to German-speaking countries. The most highly regarded of these is St. Magdalener or Santa Maddalena, grown on the picturesque slopes overlooking Bolzano. The best known wine is Caldaro or Kalterersee, produced from vines around the pretty lake of that name.

The ranks of roseate ruby wines from Schiava extend through the South Tyrol along the Adige river into Trentino and Veneto under the Valdadige or Etschtaler appellation. That applies to red and white wines of popular commercial standards. Other reds show greater class. Alto Adige’s native Lagrein and Trentino’s Teroldego stand with northern Italy’s most distinguished vines, making wines of singular personality.

Lagrein thrives on the gravelly plains along the Adige at Gries, a quarter of Bolzano where the wine achieves full, round, plush qualities with a bit of age. Santa Maddalena has a longstanding reputation as a refined light red. Teroldego, grown on the Rotaliano plain north of Trento, is an unusually attractive red when young, but with a capacity to age splendidly from good vintages. Trentino’s Marzemino makes a fresh, lively red for casual sipping.

In both provinces, increasing space has been devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which can reach impressive heights whether alone or in blends. The region also produces some of Italy’s finest rosés, the most impressive being Lagrein Kretzer. The sweet Moscato Rosa, with its gracefully flowery aroma, is a rare and prized dessert wine.

The growing demand for white wines has influenced growers to plant more of the international premium varieties. The heights are favorable to aromatic whites: Sylvaner, Veltliner, Gewürztraminer, Müller Thurgau and white Moscato. But the quality of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Grigio and Sauvignon from certain cellars can also stand with Italy’s finest. Trentino’s native Nosiola makes a tasty dry white and is also the base of Vino Santo, an opulent dessert wine from the Valle dei Laghi north of Lake Garda.

Although the region’s white wines are sometimes considered light by international standards, the best of them have an unexpected propensity to age. Pinot Bianco, Riesling, Sylvaner and Müller Thurgau have been known to remain fresh and vital for a decade or more. But the emphasis remains on the popular Pinot Grigio and, increasingly, on Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer.

Trentino, which boasts Italy’s largest production of Chardonnay, is a leader with sparkling wines by the classical method, many of which qualify under the prestigious Trento DOC. Alto Adige has also stepped up sparkling wine production. Ultimately, producers in both provinces have been making whites of greater weight and complexity – in particular from Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pinot Bianco and Gewürztraminer, whose name derives from the South Tyrolean village of Tramin.

Red wines have also taken on greater dimensions, notably in Lagrein and Teroldego and combinations of Cabernet and Merlot, but also with Pinot Nero. They are gradually enhancing the status of a region whose sterling record with DOC still has not fully expressed the extraordinary quality potential.

Despite the traditional flow north to German-speaking countries, the wines of Trentino-Alto Adige – whites in particular – have been making steady progress in Italy and, recently, on distant markets, such as the United States and United Kingdom.

The Trentino wines match very well the Trentino cuisine, with its local recipes.

DOC Wine
Alto Adige
Caldaro or Lago di Caldaro
Casteller
Teroldego Rotaliano
Trentino
Trento
Valdadige Terradeiforti

IGT Wine
Atesino delle Venezie
Delle Venezie
Mitterberg
Vallagarina
Vigneti delle Dolomiti

Trentino  small producers of high quality wine:

These are the small producers of high quality wine, that were exhibitors from Trentino present at the VIII SIMPOSIO TOP WINE 2950 that was held at the Rifugio Maria, on top of the Sass Pordoi on October 14, 2006. Some of them sell directly to the public their wine through their Internet site.

Alessandro Secchi Serravalle di Ala TN 0464 696647
Barone a Prato Segonzano TN 0461 686241
Barone de Cles Mezzolombardo TN 0461 601081
Borgo dei Passeri Ala TN 0464 671899
Castel Noarna Nogaredo TN 0464-413295
Dalzocchio Rovereto TN 0464 413664
de Tarczal Marano d’Isora TN 0464 409134
Donati Marco Mezzocorona TN 0461 604141
Francesco Poli S. Massenza TN 0461 864102
Frasnelli – Sartori S. Michele all’Adige TN 0461 650413
Grigoletti Nomi TN 0464 834215
La Cadalora S. Margherita di Ala TN 0464 696443
La Vigne Isera TN 0464 433182
Maso Bastoe Voleno TN 0464 412747
Maso Mortis Martignano di Trento TN 0461 821057
Maso Salendo Voleno TN 0464 410455
Pojer e Sandri Faedo TN 0461 650342
Previs Laseno TN 0461 564305
Redondel Mezzolombardo TN 0461 601618
Rosi Eugenio Voleno TN 0464 461375
Sandri Arcangelo Faedo TN 0461 650935
Simoncelli Armando Rovereto TN 0464 432373
Vallarom Avio TN 0464 684297
Vilar di Spagnolli Luigi Mattarello di Trento TN 0461 946012
Vindimian Rudi Lavis TN
Zeni Roberto Grumo S.Michele all’Adige TN 0461 650456

Free Winegrowers South Tyrol Association
Interest association of the self selling estates in South Tyrol with 78 members. Federation for the support of the viticulture, the quality wine production, the marketing and representation of the interests in the South Tyrolean wine economy. Care of the wine culture and promotion of the South Tyrolean wine image.

I Love Italian Wine and Food series – Trentino – Alto Adige Region, an article.