Holidays in the Isarco Valley/South Tyrol – Among vineyards and craggy peaks
The Isarco Valley is one of the main valleys in South Tyrol and extends from the Brennero Pass on the main alpine ridge all the way to the South Tyrolean city of Bolzano. The river Isarco rambles along the valley, and on the gentle hills of the alpine region you will find vineyards and orchards. On one side, the Isarco Valley is framed by the striking rock formations of the Dolomites, while on the other side, the mountainous region turns into charming highlands. Wonderful hiking areas await you on the unspoiled Alpe di Villandro, in the beautiful mountain regions around Funes and on the Plose plateau. Beautiful walks include the “Keschtnweg” (Chestnut Path) between Bressanone and Bolzano, the alpine Kneipp Path in Altafossa Valley and the High Trail of Bressanone.
In the footsteps of the Middle Ages
Traces of by-gone centuries are ever-present in the Isarco Valley/South Tyrol. The most popular attractions are the castles Veldthurns and Rodenegg, the Monastery of Sabiona above Chiusa and the mighty fortress “Fortezza” in the valley. The medieval town of Chiusa invites you to a stroll through the maze of winding streets, and in the city of Bressanone, the medieval arcades await you with elegant shops and cosy cafés.
Sporting activities in the Isarco Valley/South Tyrol
Besides walks, bike rides and climbing adventures, many other sporting activities await you in the Isarco Valley. In the summer, the lake Varna near Bressanone and the outdoor swimming pool in Chiusa invite you for a refreshing dip. On the local mountain of Bressanone – the Plose – you may book tandem flights with a paraglider, while on the Alpe di Villandro challenging mountain bike trails offer the opportunity to spend time in the clear mountain air. Close to the city of Vipiteno, you may participate in a rafting tour on the river Isarco. A few years ago, the city was declared one of the 50 most beautiful cities in Italy. Climbing enthusiasts will find nine routes of varying difficulty levels at the high ropes course in Funes at the foot of the Odle.