Resia and its surroundings: our recommendations for things to see
Here are some recommendations for those looking to explore Val Venosta and the easily accessible surrounding areas.
...in Val Venosta
- The Bell Tower of Lago di Resia is the main symbol of the Alta Val Venosta area. The mysterious bell tower surges out of the water facing the Ortles Mountains and is a reminder of the agonizing destruction of the old villages of Resia and Curon in 1949/50 when space had to be made for the lake. The town's museum in Curon/Graun recounts the history behind the lake.
- The Raethian Triangle (Triangolo Retico) Venosta (I) - Oberes Gericht (A) - Unterengadin (CH) offers an incredible variety of cultural interests. There are numerous treasures such as the castles, ruins, monasteries, churches and many other picturesque locations that tell about the afflicted history of this place.
- A visit to the Marienberg -Monte Maria Monastery (the highest located Benedictine monastery in all of Europe) to see the frescoes of immeasurable historic and cultural value is a must for all art lovers.
- Glurns (Glorenza) ... the smallest city of the Alps. With its completely intact city walls, impressive medieval defence towers, porticos and alleys, surrounded by a picturesque view of the mountains.
- Lasa, the Marble Quarry and the cable car incline. Admire the "white gold"!
- Val Martello - the city of strawberries. Val Martello, included in the Prato allo Stelvio National Park, is one of the most beautiful lateral valleys of Val Venosta and is knows as the "valley of strawberries". With its strawberry fields ranging from 900 to 1,800 metres above sea level, Val Martello is the highest located strawberry farmland in all of Europe. The valley is also home to unique and incredibly beautiful fauna and flora.
- Aquaprad a Prato offers loads of information on the world of fish!
- Castel Coira/Churburg in Silandro is a renaissance castle with the biggest private collection of armour in the world.
- Castel Juval is the home of the famous mountain climber, Reinhold Messner. Part of the castle is open to the public and displays pieces from Messner's art collection including works of Tibetan art, a gallery of mountain paintings, and masks that come from 5 different continents.
- The Waalwege Trail (I sentieri delle rogge): in Val Venosta rain is scarce. In order to cultivate the land, farmers from long ago were forced to build irrigation canals to get water from the ice caps. Hence, trails that follow along the canals were also built. Today, the irrigation canals are highly admired by nature lovers and are an ideal destination for beautiful excursions.
- MMM Ortles Reinhold Messner is located in Solda/Sulden and stretches over 300 metres underground. The museum's main theme is ice and Ortles. Messner tells the story of great glaciers, the South Pole, the North Pole and the Yeti- a.k.a. the abominable snowman- using objects collected, mementos and personal reflections. Ortles represents the symbolic centre of the entire exhibit.
...in Meraner Land
- Merano - the small Mediterranean town with a view of the Botanical Gardens of Castel Trauttmansdorff.
- The World of Trains in Rablà (Il mondo delle ferrovie a Rablà) is the biggest digital model railroad layout in Italy. The exhibit boasts a collection of model trains including over 20,000 pieces, and represents one of the biggest private collections in all of Europe. The mini landscape, which has been built on a scale of 1:87, is particularly fascinating. Here, you can admire all the interesting places of a miniature Alto Adige, rich in detail and plus there are interactive activities.
...just outside Alto Adige
- A trip to Livigno - S. Moritz: this journey takes you through Val Monastero in Val Venosta towards the border of Switzerland. Pass near Müstair and Santa Maria and across the Passo del Forno to arrive to Livigno (duty-free zone).
- A trip to Samnaun –about 45 km away (duty-free zone)
- A trip to Innsbruck: the capital of Tyrol with its beautiful old town, the famous golden roof "goldenen Dachl" and many opportunities to go shopping.