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The High Alpine Way

South Tyrol’s sublime Venosta Valley
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • challenging and rewarding high route
  • never-ending mountain views
  • authentic farming traditions

The Val Venosta (Vinschgau in German) is nothing short of a wonderland for walkers who love great views of the mountains. Snaking down from the Reschen Pass, just a stone’s throw from where Italian South Tyrol meets the Swiss and Austrian Alps, this sublime valley provides a truly magnificent setting, with the snow-capped peaks of the Ortler range rising up to almost 4,000 metres from a neat patchwork of fields, apple orchards and pretty towns and villages far below.

Leaving Matsch, you wind up through shady pine forest and alongside a centuries-old water channel to emerge amid the Gschneierhöfe, a group of high Alpine pastures where herds of cows graze nonchalantly by the edge of vertiginous slopes.
     

On this holiday, you traverse the sun-soaked, south-facing slopes of the Weisskugel, walking across flower-filled Alpine meadows where cattle, sheep and goats quietly graze, through shady pine forests where birdlife abounds, and alongside ancient water channels (waale). The walk takes you high above the valley before descending through vineyards and orchards towards the busier valley floor. As you walk from one welcoming hotel to the next, you pass tiny romantic chapels, wayside shrines, isolated bars with panoramic terraces and farms that proudly maintain their age-old traditions amid this beautiful landscape. Although this is northern Italy, it is very much a Germanic region – in language, customs, culture and cuisine.

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