Val Venosta in the western part of South Tyrol impresses with its cultural variety and history, and is therefore also regarded as the cultural region of South Tyrol.
The Roman Road Via Claudia Augusta – once an important trade road - now attracts attention as a cycling trail from Malles to Merano. You cycle past historic churches, castles, ruins and antique sites. Resia Lake with a tower in the lake is the symbol of the Resia Pass holiday region. The lake is ideal for sailing, surfing, kite surfing and a boat trip. At the end of July/start of August the lake plays venue to the Resia Lake Run with more than 3,000 participants. When you visit the lake however, you should also get informed about its history, a past which still affects the population of Val Venosta. S. Giovanni Church in Tubre: The hospice with the S. Giovanni Church was originally built because from Tubre you can cross three mountain passes - Scharler Pass, Passo del Forno and Umbrail Pass. Worth seeing is what is probably the oldest Christophorus fresco in Tyrol (approx. 1250) and the Roman frescos on the upper floor and the vault, and the gothic frescos in the day room for pilgrims. Val Venosta Museum: Archaic Val Venosta, water and the Swabian children - poverty in Val Venosta. As an addition there is an archaeological hike to the Ganglegg outdoor museum above Sluderno (walking time approx. 45 minutes). In the close surroundings you'll find the Quairwaal educational path. Two of the Messner Mountain Museums of extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner are located in Val Venosta. The MMM in Solda at Ortles Mountain was realised underground at 1,900 m of altitude and is dedicated to the topics of mountain and ice. The summer residence of Messner at Juval Castle covers spiritual aspects of the "mountain myth". The Medieval town Glorenza is the smallest city in the Alps with a fully preserved city wall. Thanks to the city walls, the arbours and the historic buildings Glorenza is one of the most beautiful places in South Tyrol, a meeting point for artists and a popular film destination. Tip: Visit the only whisky distillery in Italy! Marienberg Convent above Burgusio at 1,340 m of altitude is the highest Benedictine convent in Europe. Since its foundation in the 12th century, the monks have lived here according to the rules of the order of Saint Benedict from Nursia. Worth seeing are the Roman crypt frescos with unique representations. NATURAronda Solda features a water and nature area with waterfall, cold-water basin, 6 stations on the topic balance, and a 22 m high suspension bridge. The panoramic Stelvio Pass road is the highest pass road in Italy and one of the most impressive roads worldwide. With a total length of 49 km and an inclination of between 7% and 15%, the road has 48 turns on the South Tyrolean side and 34 turns on the Veltliner side. The characteristic turns in front of the imposing scenery of the Stelvio Pass Nature Park mainly attract motorbikers and cyclists. The Stelvio Pass Nature Park awaits you for hikes and discovery tours. Of especially great interest are the Nature Park Houses: the aquaprad Nature Park House in Prato is dedicated to the topic of fish – avimundus in Silandro is dedicated to the world of birds - culturamartell informs on the life of farmers - Lahnersäge in Val d'Ultimo is all about forests and wood - and naturatrafoi in Trafoi is dedicated to the topic of living at borders and the geology in the Ortles area. Lasa Marble - the white gold from Val Venosta is a precious metamorphic limestone. This high-quality marble has been known everywhere in Europe since the 19th century. The popular weather-resistant stone was mainly used for the construction of churches and in sculptural works. Today, it is requested all over the world, for example the new train station at Ground Zero in New York was realised with Lasa marble. is a cultural hike project along the unique historic references of the Early and High Romanticism between the Swiss Engadin, South Tyrol and Trentino. 20 sights can be admired in Val Venosta. Stairway to Heaven – Alpine road of romance - was first mentioned with this name in an official document from 1256; it is one of the most imposing renaissance castles in the Alps. In addition to the largest private collection of armours and arms, the castle holds artistic jewels like the Jacob's Chapel, the Jacob's room and the arcades hall. Churburg Castle in Silandro VIDEO