Sport, art and scent of grapes in a colorful landscape. Valle Isarco is a territory waiting only to be discovered along its tourist routes and in its castles, and to be enjoyed during its delicious food and wine events.
Stretching between Fortezza and Barbiano, the Valle Isarco valley will conquer you with its composite beauty: a patchwork of colors made of vineyards and orchards, shadowy woods, high peaks covered by dazzlingly white glaciers and bright blue tarns. The landscape is enriched also by nice little hamlets, lively towns and imposing Medieval castles.
If you want to discover the beautiful Valle Isarco, you can explore, on foot, by bike or on horseback, the many trails winding through pastures and mountains. There are also some theme routes, like the Ketschnweg (sweet chestnut) trail and the Way of St. James. Then there are high altitude trails, like the Dolomite Haute Route nr.2 and the Adolf Munkel Weg, for more experienced trekkers, and the 100 km trails of the Nordic Fitness Sport Park.
You can practice also many winter sports in the well-equipped ski centers, and cross-country skiing in the wonderful slopes on Alpe di Villandro and Alpe di Rodengo.
Valle Isarco is a land of art and flavors. Wonderful strongholds like the Fortezza Fortress and the Rodengo Castle, and interesting museums like the Mineralogical Museum and the Diocesan Museum are certainly worth a visit; but the territory offers a lot of attractions also for gourmets, with delicious food and wine events like the traditional Törggelen festival, when new wine is served together with roast chestnuts and other local specialties.
The Odle trail is one of the most charming routes in the Dolomites. A high altitude hike, not too difficult, but with a striking view on the steep walls and pinnacles of the Odle Mountain Group.
Rising in the municipality of Varna, near Bressanone, the Novacella Abbey is one of the biggest and most important spiritual centers of the Alps, run by the Augustinians.
Founded in 1142, the Novacella Abbey soon became the most important spiritual and cultural center of Tyrol. Nowadays the abbey hosts an important library, a winery and a beautiful garden.