If you are looking for the ideal combination of nature and culture, the Venosta/Vinschgau valley is your perfect choice. It is located at the western edge of South Tyrol, close to the border with Austria and Switzerland.

Visitors arriving from the north are welcomed by the surprising, open landscape of the Resia/Reschen pass and the homonymous lake with the iconic half-sunken church tower. Bordered by gigantic mountains, the Venosta/Vinschgau valley is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas in South Tyrol. It is a land that thrives on contrasts, where the fertile valley is “guarded” by the wood-covered, shady shape of Mt. Nördersberg, and where picturesque villages, vineyards and chestnut groves rest at the foot of the sun-drenched, barren-looking Mt. Sonnenberg. It is also a place with a rich historical heritage, as witnessed by the various castle ruins, Romanesque churches, monasteries and hospices. The lower part of the Venosta/Vinschgau valley feels the influence of nearby Merano/Meran, from both a climatic and an economic point of view.

The Venosta/Vinschgau valley is one of most sunny and least rainy areas in Europe. But there’s more to it than just good weather: its rustic charm also comes from the distinctive contrasts within its landscape, and the sense of humour of its people.

We, the tourist guides and tourist leader of South Tyrol, will be happy to take you on a discovery journey:

Take a two-hour guided tour to explore the village of Malles/Mals with its Romanesque towers, or the picture-perfect Glorenza/Glurns, the smallest town in Italy to be completely encircled by perfectly preserved boundary walls. Other options include Laces/Latsch with its Gothic gem of a hospital church, the Marienberg abbey, which is the highest Benedictine monastery in Europe and a real treat for anyone interested in art and culture. Lasa/Laas is a village with its own kind of gold: the local white marble. Silandro/Schlanders, the valley’s main town, has a nearly urban character and a lively traffic-calmed area where you can walk and shop to your heart’s content.

If you opt for a half-day or full-day tour, your guides will show you not only the idyllic towns and villages but also the beautiful surrounding area, for example by taking the lifts to the glaciers or cycling on the popular cycle path that runs along the Adige/Etsch river down in the valley. The Archeoparc museum offers interesting insights into the daily life and environment of Ötzi, the Iceman whose remains were found on the nearby Similaun glacier. Castle Juval, which is both Reinhold Messner’s summer residence and a museum, is dedicated to the theme of mountain myths. These are just a few examples… come with us and discover more!

Are you looking for accommodation in the Val Venosta/Vinschgau valley?

You are welcome to send your booking enquiries to the local tourist office: T. +39 0473 62 04 80; info@vinschgau.net; www.vinschgau.net.