Bolzano and environs: crossing the valley among old lookouts and renowned vineyards

Beside the chief town of the province, the area of Bolzano includes the villages of Andriano, Terlano, Appiano, Caldaro, Termeno, Cortaccia, Magrè, Cortina sulla Strada del Vino, Ora, Montagna, Egna, Salorno, Monte Corno - Trodena Nature park with Anterivo and Trodena, Aldino, Renon, Val Sarentino, Meltina e San Genesio. Most of them are located along the wine road.

Bolzano is the central point of this beautiful and blooming area. The city has been inhabited since a very ancient past, and can be described as a true open-air museum: squares, roads, palaces and museums bring the visitor to a world in which different cultures live together. This can be observed in the typical dressings, in the traditions and in the local wine and food, offering typical Italian spaghetti, but also Schlutzkrapfen (spinach ravioli), Knödel (dumplings) and Gulasch, typical of the Nordic tradition.

Bolzano is surrounded by many medieval castles such as Castel Roncolo or Castel Firmiano, and has many things to offer: besides culture and many events making it a perfect tourist resort in all season, it is a perfect starting point to discover the environs: mountains, lakes and unpolluted nature. In fact, three cableways connect the alpine city to the plateaus in Renon, San Genesio and Colle. There you can choose among unforgettable walks and mountain bike tours.
You should also visit the small village of Soprabolzano, close to Renon. This can also be reached with the old train starting from Collalbo, which was built in 1907. In winter Corno del Renon, Val Sarentino,  and Passo Oclini turn to ideal ski resorts for families, with broad sunny slopes.

There are two important tourist itineraries starting from Bolzano. The first one is the South Tyrolean Wine Road, a path in the valley floor of Oltradige and Bassa Atesina to Salorno, along many villages such as Appiano, Caldaro, Termeno, Egna, Ora and Nalles. All of them are surrounded by castles and blooming vineyards, where the best South Tyrolean wines are produced.
The second one is the Dolomite Road, connecting the city to Cortina d'Ampezzo trough the charming dolomite passes.

If you want to discover unpolluted areas, you can explore the protected landscape of the Monte Corno Nature Park including the municipalities of Anterivo, Egna, Montagna, Salorno and Trodena. Along its well-marked paths you will have the opportunity to admire many varieties of animal and plants.
You can also discover the green landscape of Val Sarentino, a valley preserving century-old rural traditions and customs.

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Bolzano and environs: a journey to the cradle of eno-gastronomy Bolzano and environs: a journey to the cradle of eno-gastronomy
Bolzano and environs: a journey to the cradle of eno-gastronomy

The holiday area of Bolzano and environs with its beautiful destinations such as Bolzano, Caldaro Lake, the South Tyrolean Wine Road, and the Dolomites, is perfect for a vacation of taste and pleasure. Surrounded by a dreamlike landscape dotted with vineyards and orchards, you will sample the gastronomic excellence of this land, discover the rural customs, and see the work of the artisans who so passionately carry on this ancient craft. Several events are in fact dedicated to good food, wine, and typical local traditions.

Observe, taste, and savor Observe, taste, and savor
Observe, taste, and savor

The holiday region of Bolzano and environs embodies fascinating destinations like the city of Bolzano, the South Tyrolean Wine Road, Caldaro Lake, Terlano, Andriano, Appiano,...

The holiday region of Bolzano and environs embodies fascinating destinations like the city of Bolzano, the South Tyrolean Wine Road, Caldaro Lake, Terlano, Andriano, Appiano, Termeno, the Bassa Atesina, Salorno, Egna, Ora , Montagna, Trodena, Anterivo, Aldino, Redagno, Bronzolo, Vadena, Laives, the Plateau of Renon to Val Sarentino, and the centers of San Genesio and Meltina. A land rich in tradition, flavors, and culture; a real Alpine and Mediterranean mix that reflects a contrasting harmony with the landscape and lifestyles.

Wonderful expanses of vineyards, valleys lined with orchards, turquoise lakes surrounded by alpine heights, and spectacular villages set in alpine green: this is the picture painted by the South Tyrolean Wine Road, which, opened in 1964, is among the oldest in Italy. A wine landscape to explore, where wine culture has become real passion: the wine estates with numerous wineries of Alto Adige, tractors on the roads, farmers wearing typical blue aprons, and bars where men meet to chat over a glass of wine. Tasting these is a must: fruity Santa Maddalena, Lagrein’s intense flavor, Kalterersee from the Lake Caldaro, Pinot Noir, the aromatic Gewürztraminer and the white wines of the Oltradige areas and the Adige Valley. Don’t miss out on events dedicated to wine, such as the South Tyrolean Wine Road Weeks, Wine Cellar Night, and WineSafari.

Another event that you certainly cannot miss is the so-called Törggelen, a traditional chestnut-centric autumn. An old custom in South Tyrol, where once the harvest ended, one used to celebrate the new wine tasting and Suser (grape must) alongside traditional peasant dishes. Today in farms or taverns you can taste specialties like speck, dumplings, barley soup, homemade sausages, roasted chestnuts, and so much more.

In the villages of Vilpiano, Settequerce, and Terlano, high quality Margarete white asparagus have been cultivated for years. Fans of this vegetable can discover, in April and May, numerous events planned around it: culinary walks, bike tours, tastings, and carriage rides in the asparagus triangle.

Finally, we can’t forget to mention: Barthlmasmarkt (market of San Bartolomeo on the Renon mountain), linked to a downstream movement of livestock; Schupfenfest, a rustic food festival in San Genesio, gourmet rides on the historic Renon train, and the traditional patron saint's day in the Val Sarentino.

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Journal South Tyrol Wine Road 2018

Spring, summer, autumn and winter – each season has its very own highlights in the holiday region Bolzano and environs. Read about the Big Six of the South Tyrolean Wine Road, safari in the vineyard, the culinary joys of spring or discover our castles. 

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