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

Latemar at sunset - Photo © Roberto1956
Latemar at sunset – Photo © Roberto1956

Situated in the south-western part of the Dolomites the holiday region Rosengarten-Latemar is very close to South Tyrol’s capital Bolzano.

With about 300 sunny days a year this mountainous area is certainly favored by the weather gods.

Springtime, when the Alpine meadows are covered by a sea of flowers, summer when lush pastures and shady woods offer cozy spots for a little rest, fall, when thousands of leave covering the entire table-land shine in the most fascinating colors.

Hiking, mountain biking, free climbing, tennis, swimming, riding, golf… there is hardly an activity which cannot be practiced in the area.

Also for spending a great winter holiday, the Ski Center Latemar and the Sky Area Carezza, both connected with the Dolomiti Superski skiing area, offer 90 km of slopes for both skiers and snowboarders.

South Tyrol’s Rosengarten-Latemar resort area extends over two lateral valleys (Eggental and Tiers) situated in the southwestern Dolomites.

Obereggen – Photo ©

Val d’Ega – Nova Ponente – Obereggen Eggental

The ravine of the valley of Eggen: known as the ”Western-gateway to the Dolomites” , famous for the most beautiful porphyry gorge in the Alps , lies only a few minutes far away from the capital of South Tyrol, Bolzano.The castle of Karneid overwhelms the valley with its beauty.

You will experience un unforgettable ride through the valley gorge uphill to the huge and densely wooded highlands ( on an average of 1200 – 1500 m), lying at the foot of the colorful Dolomites mountains of Latemar and Rosengarten. Lush meadows and huge woodlands surround the picturesque villages of Deutschnofen (1350 m), Eggen (1120 m), Obereggen ( 1550 m), Petersberg (1390 m), Birchabruck ( 870 m), Rauth (1280 m), and the place of pilgrimage Maria Weiwenstein (1560 m). They all belong to the municipality of Deutschnofen (3500 inhabitants). 100 tourist accommodation places will lodge 2500 guests who will have the opportunity to choose between a large offer of recreational activities of high quality. Holidays for everyone in every season!

Where to stay in Nova Ponente

There are quality hotels, apartments and guesthouses available, check them out and make a reservation here.

Steinegg – Collepietra

Collepietra is at 830 m above sea level, only 13 Km far from the main city of the province, but 500 m higher than Bolzano. The municipal territory of Cornedo extends itself between the Catinaccio and the Latemar. In the south-west it is bordered by the impressive gorge of the Ega valley, in the north-east by the Isarco valley and by the Tires valley, in the south-east it confines with the municipality of Nova Levante.

The Sciliar massif (2563 m), the Catinaccio (2919 m) and the Latemar (2842) rise imposingly from east to south forming a natural scenery of unbelievable beauty.

The small village of Collepietra is decentralized, but not out of the world. Tourists appreciate its pure air and its incredible peacefulness, far away from the noisy communication routes. Nevertheless, by car, it takes a short time to reach Bolzano, Merano, Castelrotto, the Alp of Siusi, the Costalunga Pass, the lake of Carezza and the Gardena valley. From Collepietra, in one day, you can have a tour to the Garda lake, go to the opera in Verona or visit the magical city of Venice on the lagoon.

… but not out of the world.

Where to stay in Collepietra

There are quality hotels and condo farm stays available, check them out and make a reservation here.

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

Tiers am Rosengarten – Tires al Catinaccio

Tiers is a little village situated on 1020 m in the beautiful and quiet Tiers Valley, in the heart of the Dolomites.

This is a veritable hikers’ paradise for it offers various possibilities for hikes and walks in the unspoiled nature of the Schlern and Rosengarten region.

Tiers is the ideal place for those who are looking for a relaxing holiday in a peaceful atmothphere, surrounded by a magnificent landscape.

Where to stay in Tires al Catinaccio

There are quality hotels, apartments and farm stays available, check them out and make a reservation here.

Carezza Lake - Photo © Straga
Carezza Lake – Photo © Straga

Nova Levante – Carezza

Nova Levante – Carezza lies approximately 20 km. (12 miles) east of Bolzano at the foot of the Catinaccio and Latemar mountains. This idyllic community in the beautiful mountain world of the Dolomites is reached by ascending through the wildly romantic porphyry gorge of the val d’Ega (Ega Valley).

Aside from the town center, this village, clustered along the road, is the longest in the province of South Tyrol (16 km./10 miles), with inhabited settlements strewn throughout the area and farmhouses found as high up as 1,600 m. (5,200 ft.) above sea level.

In the famous Carezza Forest, which reaches all the way up to the stone face of the Latemar mountains, is to be found the renowned “singing wood”, from which violins are made in Venice. This contiguous forest of spruce and fir is among the most splendid and well looked after in the Alps. A must for every guest is without a doubt a quick trip to the Lake Carezza, which with its unique turquoise-blue color fascinates the eye of every observer.

In addition to all of ist natural beauty, Nova Levante – Carezza also offers comfortable hotels, cozy pensions, rooms in private homes, and holiday apartments, as well as a rich and varied program of events and interesting cultural programs.

All of this will make a stay in this vacation land into an unforgettable experience.

Where to stay in Nova Levante

There are quality hotels, apartments, B&Bs and farm stays available, check them out and make a reservation here.

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