The villages of Resia/Reschen, Curon/Graun and San Valentino/St. Valentin are located along the old Roman imperial road, the Via Claudia Augusta, on the border between Italy, Austria and Switzerland. The unique location between different cultures has characterized the people and their country. The centre of the region is the drowned Romanesque tower that juts from Resia Lake.
The Reschenpass or Resia Pass holiday area is a popular destination for cyclists and mountain bikers. One of the most frequented bike trails that best highlight the Venosta Valley region, is the 80 km-long Adige bike path following the Via Claudia Augusta, the old Roman road. For mountain biking aficionados there are mountain treks, more relaxed panoramic rides as well as Single Trails and Flow Trails. Due to its varied topography, the area around Lake Resia provides a highly varied choice of mountain biking and freeride options with different difficulty levels.
There are bicycle rentals available at seven Südtirol Rad stations along the Venosta Valley line and the bikes may also be returned to any of those rental points at the seven railway stations. The bikemobil Card permits the holder the full use of all forms of public transport throughout South Tyrol, including access to bicycle rentals.
From early April to late October there is a bike shuttle service to selected starting points throughout the Venosta Valley. Zion Travel offers a daily transfer service to passengers, bicycles and baggage anywhere along the Via Claudia Augusta bike route.
Enjoy the summer on the Haideralm, the resort where the Suzuki Nine Knights course can be found. With the cable railway you can comfortably get up on to the Haideralm where numerous hiking trails begin. The restaurant Haideralm is a popular rest stop and offers a variety of food. There is also a spacious sun terrace and a petting zoo for children.
Location – Region
The Venosta Valley extends over 80km from Reschen Pass to Merano/Meran, and running from West to East. To the South, the valley is bounded by the huge Ortler Alps, including the highest mountain in the region, the Ortler (3905m). To the North, on the other hand, the valley is bound by the main chain of the Alps and their Ötztal Valley peaks; amongst them there is the impressive Weißkugel (3738m).
Climate and Flora
In Venosta Valley there are many altitudes and vegetation zones, from the deep-lying regions around Merano and Naturno/Naturns, which are almost Mediterranean, all the way up to high-lying mountain villages such as Solda/Sulden (1900), Trafoi, Melago/Melag and Roia/Rojen and higher still, into the Alpine zones, up to 3905m above sea level. Its West-East orientation and high mountains ensure a dry climate. Venosta Valley is the South Tyrolean region with the least rain and the most sunshine.
As a result, Venosta Valley is a favourite destination for visitors from all over. For hikers, climbers, mountain bikers and cyclists, there are endless opportunities for fun, from Spring to Autumn. Water sports enthusiasts have the Reschensee and Haidersee lakes to enjoy. They can chose between kite surfing, sailing, kayaking, snow surfing, iceboating and skating.
In Winter, during a ski or snowshoe hiking tour you can experience the peaks in the main valley and along the peaceful lateral valleys of Martell, Langtaufers, Rojen and Matsch.
Cross-country skiers and biathletes like coming here too. In the Martelltal Valley, they hold regular big international Cross-country skiing and Biathlon competitions. In Slingia/Schlinig and Vallelunga/Langtaufers, too, they have a few kilometres of cross-country trails.
Venosta Valley, South Tyrol/Italy
- Land area: ca 1441km² (of which ca 135 km² is settled)
- Ca 35000 inhabitants
- One of the sunniest valleys in the Alpine region
- With vineyards, apple orchards and high Alps
- Venosta Valley is home to the Ortler mountain (3.905m), South Tyrol’s highest peak
- Ancient cultural region with Romanesque churches and monasteries, medieval castles and village centres
- The Stilfserjoch National Park, one of the largest nature conservation areas in the Alps
- Hiking along ancient irrigation channels and Alpine mountain paths
- Fascinatingly varied mountain bike tours
- Reliably snowy winter sports: six ski areas (Solda is the largest); 90 km cross-country runs
- Winter hikes along idyllic villages or through lonely valleys
- from Bolzano/Bozen 111km
- from Munich Airport 245km
- from Verona Airport 270km
- from Zürich Airport 270km
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Media information about the region
Associazione turistica Passo Resia
Via principale 61
I-39027 Curon (BZ)
T +39 0473 63 31 01
F +39 0473 63 43 45