Val Venosta/Val Senales
A holiday enriched by the fragrance of apples and the beauty of snow, among the gentle slopes of the waalwege and the high altitude thrills of the Ötztal Alps.
Surrounded by the imposing Ötztal Alps and by the majestic Ortles group, the Val Venosta valley stretches west of Bolzano, from Naturno to the Resia Pass.
Part of this territory is identified as the tourist region of Alta Val Venosta: a green oasis for trekkers in summer, with the areas of the Resia Pass and of the nature reserve Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio; a paradise for skiers in winter, with miles of slopes where to enjoy the snow.
In spring Val Venosta fills with the fragrances and colors of apple and apricot orchards, and to enjoy these wonderful views there’s no better way than walking on the Waalwege, paths along the old irrigation channels, or practicing Nordic walking in Laces and in the Val Martello valley.
In summer sport and nature lovers have even more ways to fully enjoy this territory: exciting high altitude trekking tours on the Ötztal Alps, on the Ortles group and on the Tessa group, 150 km cycle tracks and 680 km mountain bike trails, easy to reach thanks to the Val Venosta train.
Winter in Val Venosta will give you no chance to get bored: the ski centers of Malga Tarres, Solda, Trafoi and Watles fill with skiers, while other large areas are devoted to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. And you can practice also ice skating, curling, sledding…If you want an exciting holiday in a wonderful mountain destination, in Val Venosta you will be spoilt for choice!
Val Venosta is a land rich of culture and history: unveil its secrets visiting Juval Castle, Coira Castle, the museums, and walking along the ancient roman road Via Claudia Augusta or in the alleys of one of the most beautiful and ancient hamlets in Italy, Glorenza. The valley hosts also some interesting food and wine events, where you have the chance to try fresh and delicious asparagus or the sweet strawberries of Val Martello.
Wonderful panoramic route through the nature reserve Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio, with breathtaking view on the Ortles Massif.
Castelbello Castle is perched on a steep rocky spur over the village bearing the same name, on the left bank of the Adige River. Due to its position on a not too high rock, but very steep on one side, the stronghold was always well protected agains attacks.
Until some decades ago the castle was a private property, but then the Italian state bought it, renovated it and turned it into a museum. Nowadays it hosts in the main hall a permanent exhibition on the Claudia Augusta Roman Road, while the other halls often hold temporary exhibitions of famous artists.