Val di Tires in summer
Südtirol or Alto Adige is a land that, especially in summer, becomes a spectacular palette of colors, with nature that awakens luxuriantly giving visitors truly enchanting landscapes: to discover in particular the Val di Tires, a verdant side valley to that of Isarco, crossed by the Rio Bria.
The Val di Tires is between the Nigra Pass and the small village of Prato all'Isarco: it is located about ten kilometers from Bolzano and is dominated by the imposing Catinaccio, a mountain that reaches 3002 meters in height. Do not forget that the valley is partly included within the spectacular Dolomite territory of the Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park.
Although it is literally surrounded by tourist resorts as famous as they are loved, such as the Alpe di Siusi, the Val d'Ega and the Val di Fassa, Val di Tires is a small jewel to be discovered, between nature, history and traditions.
What to do and what to see
Deciding to organize one holiday in Val di Tires in summer it means getting ready to spend whole days in the open air, including sports, outdoor activities (such as paragliding) and excursions, on foot, by mountain bike or on horseback: it is good to specify that the path network in the Val of Tires and within the Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park it stretches for almost 530 km, including routes suitable for everyone, experts or little trained.
The main village of the Val di Tires is Tires and rises about 1200 meters high in the shadow of Monte Cavone and the Catinaccio. There is nothing better than discovering its beauties on foot, starting from the ancient water mill located right at the entrance of the town, with a large mill inside that still works today and from the Chapel of San Cipriano. The late Romanesque building, located in San Cipriano, dates back to the XNUMXth century and houses a beautiful XNUMXth century fresco inside, depicting the rescue of a flock on the Platzliner meadow by God and the saints Giustina di Antioch and Cyprian.
The other hamlets of Tires are also worth a visit, from Briè with the Church of Santa Caterina with the frescoed exterior in Bagni di Lavina Bianca, known since the 800th century for its beneficial springs. From this last hamlet it is then possible to undertake one of the most beautiful excursions in the Val di Tires, towards the Monte Pez which, with its 2563 meters of height, is the highest peak of the Sciliar mountain group. The route overcomes a difference in height of almost 1500 meters between gorges, woods and high altitude meadows. You also pass by the Bolzano Refuge on the Alpe Siusi, surrounded by a suggestive rocky moor with a view of the The Dolomites del Brenta, on the Sassopiatto, the Sassolungo, the Ortles-Cevedale group and, on clearer days, also on the Latemar.
The village of is also very beautiful Fiè allo Sciliar, highly appreciated for its mild climate and landscapes characterized by the presence of vineyards. In addition to the Church of Santa Maria Assunta dating back to the thirteenth century, flanked by the beautiful baroque bell tower of the eighteenth century, the Castle of Presule is worth a visit, certainly the symbolic monument of Fiè allo Sciliar. The late Gothic building dates back, in the version visible today, to 700 and was commissioned by Maximilian I of Habsburg: inside, in the Tischlerhaus Gallery, it is possible to admire a rich collection of contemporary paintings from the 1517s. Sala della Colonne instead exhibits 80th-century armor and weapons linked to the battles of Custozza and Solferino, while others are linked to Leonhard Von Völs: among all, the most striking is the authentic armor of a Japanese samurai.
There is no better way than to discover the beauties of the Val di Tires through excursions, maintaining a constant contact with the uncontaminated nature of the place. From the town of Briè, precisely from the Church of Santa Caterina, you can take the Path of the Farms, between the meadows of the beautiful Schnaggenkreuz pass at 1015 meters above sea level, the pass near Castel Presule and the picturesque bridge over the Rio Laus.
From San Cipriano, a hamlet of Tires, it is possible to take an excursion to the Plafotsch mountain hut, crossing the magnificent Prati del Doss: if you wish, you can then continue further towards the Fronza alle Coronelle Refuge, passing through the Angelwiese meadows, where the view opens onto the Latemar. This route also allows you to reach the famous one Haniger mountain hut, located in the shadow of the Vajolet Towers and the colossal wall of the Catinaccio.
Among the most beautiful and unmissable places in Val di Tires is the Wuhnleger lake and can be reached from Tires, in particular from Bagni di Lavina Bianca: it is a splendid lake mirror, with clear and crystalline waters in which the Catinaccio is reflected. With a little attention it is even possible to swim around the green shores of the lake, among frogs and dragonflies, the holes left by the bombs thrown in the middle of the Second World War.
You arrive at Lake Wuhnleger following the signs towards Schonblick, always with a view of the Catinaccio and the village of San Cipriano. We pass by the picturesque church of San Sebastiano erected in 1635 during the plague epidemic, up to the lake. The best time to visit this place is at sunset, when the Catinaccio wall turns pink, giving life to the legendary phenomenon of the enrosadira.
La legend tells of the king of the dwarves Laurino and of the curse he launched on the Catinaccio, where his Rosengarten was: it is said that, after having kidnapped the beautiful Similde and chased by the guards of her father, he took refuge in his rose garden hiding under his magic belt of the invisibility, but the movement of the roses betrayed him and from then on he launched a curse on the Catinaccio: he decreed that no one would be able to gaze at it anymore, neither during the day nor at night, but forgetting the sunset. In fact, it is precisely at dusk that the Catinaccio reveals itself in all its beauty, reflecting, according to legend, the color of the roses of the king of the Dwarves.
Holidays in Val di Tires
Val di Tires is a real treasure chest of natural and historical treasures and to discover them all it would take at least one couple of weeks.
Excursions, an essential activity to do outdoors in the height of summer, are the best way not only to be in contact with the lush nature of the valley, but also to explore the area in depth. Practicing on foot or by mountain bike, excursions take time, especially if you then want to stop in some refuge to taste the typical South Tyrolean cuisine.
In this regard, one cannot say that one knows the Val di Tires and Südtirol in depth without having also discovered its gastronomic heritage: among the symbolic dishes of South Tyrolean cuisine, speck IGP, soup from orz, and similar spatzel stand out in particular. gnocchi made with spinach and stale bread, dumplings and the ever-popular apple strudel.
Having more time also allows you to participate in having traditional of the Val di Tires, such as the spectacular Cavalcade of Oswald Von Wolkenstein. It is a team tournament that takes its name from a very famous minstrel who lived between the '300 and the' 400 and which sees groups of riders compete in a tournament made up of four tests, in order to bring home the coveted banner. The competitions take place at the Fiè lake, the Castelrotto pass, in Siusi allo Sciliar and finally at the Presule Castle.
With regard to accommodation, including family-run hotels, B & Bs, farmhouses and holiday homes, all visitors will find the solution that best suits their needs. In the Val di Tires it is possible to stay in the mountain villages or in structures surrounded by nature or on top of the Dolomite mountains, in characteristic refuges where you can rest in the most absolute quiet, a step away from the peaks that frame this splendid valley.
Summer holidays Val di Tires
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