Valle Isarco: Brixen / Bressanone and surroundings
The Valle Isarco, also known as Valley of Trails is ideal for walking, hiking and discovering the beautiful Dolomites. Valle Isarco extends from Ponte Gardena to Vipiteno and also includes some side valleys like the beautiful Val di Funes. This tourist region is characterised by unspoiled landscapes and numerous farmsteads where you can sleep and taste local delicacies.
During your holiday in Valle Isarco you will be able to visit some unique historical monuments. We recommend:
- Forte di Fortezza: This Austro-Hungarian fort dates back to around 1830 and was a strategic border defence post. The 20 hectare fort has 3 distinct blocks. It is open to visitors and also houses temporary exhibits
- Novacella Abbey: Founded in 1142 by Bishop Beato Artmanno, it is the property of the Augustine Canons. To date, many activities take place inside the monastery such as farming, wine making and care of the surrounding woods. The Abbey can be visited only by guided tour, at the end of which you can relax, have something to eat or taste one of the fine wines of the award winning Novacella Winery.
- Stanghe Falls: This is not a cultural monument, instead it offers natural beauty. The trail with its bridges and steps will take you through the gorge formed by the Rio di Racines to discover an amazing landscape. The falls are in Val Ridanna (west of Vipiteno) near the town of Stanghe.
Valle Isarco has foot paths as well as bicycle paths. You will find many possibilities to travel far and wide through this valley. We propose one foot path and one bicycle path that can be divided into short or long legs depending on how in shape you are.
- Brennero - Bolzano Bike Path: This path offers you the possibility to travel through the entire Valle Isarco by bike. The fittest can face the uphill climb towards Brennero while beginners and families with children can travel downhill. You will find bicycle rentals in the railway stations at Bressanone - Brixen, Brennero - Brenner and Vipiteno - Sterzing.
- Chestnut Trail: It gets its name from the multitude of chestnut trees along the way. The trail leaves from Bressanone and arrives at the Renon Plateau. Along the trail you will find numerous places to sleep and eat in the typical farmsteads of Valle Isarco.
There is no lack of ski areas in Valle Isarco either. There are 5 of them that are suited to everyone:
- Plose - Bressanone: At the Plose ski are you will find about 40 km of slopes divided as follows: 20 km of easy slopes, 17 km of red slopes and 5-8 km of black slopes. Plus, the Trametsch awaits you. It is the longest slope in South Tyrol (9 km) with a 1400 metre descent - an adventure for the most skilled skiers. If you prefer other sports, you will also find the Plose Fun Park for snowboarders and the RudiRun toboggan run.
- Gitschberg-Jochtal - Maranza: This ski centre is at the junction of Valle Isarco and Val Pusteria, for families and everyone else!
- Monte Cavallo - Vipiteno: This small ski area offers guaranteed fun with its 10 km toboggan run.
- Racines - Giovo: With 8 lifts, 25 km of slopes, a 5 km toboggan run and a snow park, it offers guaranteed fun in the snow
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