Velturno: a leap into the past
Velturno is a sunny tourist resort between Chiusa and Bressanone, surrounded by chestnut woods and allowing a wonderful panoramic view over the Odle Group.
Many monuments tell the history of this village and witness its glorious past.
The most important is undoubtedly Castel Velturno: nowadays this ancient summer residence of the prince-bishops of Bressanone is completely restored and hosts the Museum of Rural Culture of Velturno. It also boasts a wonderful collection of works of art and precious Renaissance furniture.
The archaeological site Archeoparc is particularly interesting, too: it can be visited and witnesses an even further past.
Velturno is an ideal destination for trekking lovers, who can chose among hikes of all levels: easy walks among the chestnut woods or more demanding hikes in the height. Velturno is crossed by the wonderful and panoramic Ketschnweg (sweet chestnut) trail, connecting Varna to Bolzano, whereas another very beautiful hike for the most trained takes to the Rodella lake and to the refuge on Monte del Pascolo bearing the same name, a peak overlooking Velturno and its valley.
If you are a gourmet, this is one of the best place to take part in the Törggelen, an old traditional festival in which you can taste the new wine with chestnuts and other Tyrolean specialties.