THE VAL SARENTINO/SARNTAL VALLEY IN SOUTH TYROL’S MOST BEAUTIFUL LOCATION
In the heart of South Tyrol
Like a protective horseshoe, the mountains of the Val Sarentino/Sarntal Alps surround the valley that stretches northwards from Bolzano, a quiet place to reflect between the main arteries of the Eisack and Etsch valleys. High mountains to the north flatten out further southwards to produce a fascinating natural landscape just a few kilometres from the bustling regional capital.
It comes as a constant surprise how the landscape changes and the precipitous mountain summits attract the eye as the road snakes up into the high valley: a play of natural colours with lush pine forests, villages large and small, deep blue lakes, wonderful hiking trails on the lower slopes and snow-crowned peaks rising to almost 3,000 metres.
You breathe freely, a weight off your shoulders. Above await smooth panoramas, from the Zillertaler Alps over the entire spectrum of the Dolomites, a UNESCO world natural heritage site, to the glaciers of the Ortler massif.