The Stelvio Pass Nature Park is over 134,000ha and is one of the biggest nature resorts in Europe covering the entire Ortles-Cevedale area. Resia Lake, known for the church tower looking out of the lake, is the symbol of the Val Venosta holiday region. The former three lakes - Muta Lake, Resia Lake and Curon Lake - and the entire surroundings were flooded to realise the artificial Resia Lake. People had to move because the entire village of Curon was also flooded, and the church tower looking out of the middle of the lake reminds of the former village centre.
Glorenza was an important traffic junction during Roman times: the Via Claudia Augusta road, and a trade road to the nearby Switzerland passed through the village. Glorenza became a trading platform for salt, tropical fruit, iron products and herbs. Today, the medieval town Glorenza is the smallest city on the southern side of the Alps.
During Roman times, the Via Claudia Augusta was an important trade road to North Tyrol and Switzerland. Today, the road is used as a cycling trail from Malles to Merano.
The panoramic Stelvio Pass road is the highest pass road in Italy, the second-highest in Europe, and one of the most impressive roads worldwide. The planning process for this road, which began in 1818, was a pioneering achievement. The road opened in 1825; and in 1900 it was extended for automobile traffic.
The Benedictine Convent St. Johann in Val Müstair in Switzerland is a well preserved medieval convent. First, the foundation was simply called Monastery Convent, which led to the Roman name Müstair. Originally a men's convent, since the 12th century it has been a Benedictine convent. Since 1983 the convent has been listed as a UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site.
The Marienberg Convent in Burgusio can be seen from afar. The convent is located at 1,340 m of altitude and hence the highest Benedictine abbey in Europe. It was founded during the 12th century.
Stairway to Heaven: The alpine Romanesque road is a cultural hike along the unique historic references of the Early and High Romanesque period. 20 sights can be admired in Val Venosta.
Lasa marble, also called the white gold from Val Venosta, is a precious metamorphic limestone. The rock is known all over the world: currently, the new train station at Ground Zero in New York is being realised with Lasa marble.
Churburg Castle is one of the most imposing renaissance castles in the Alps. The castle is mainly known because it holds the largest private collection of armours and arms.
Messner Mountain Museums: Extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner has made his dream come true with a 5-part museum project. Two of his museums are located in Val Venosta.
Because Val Venosta doesn't have much rain, the farmers had to realise irrigation channels to transfer the melting water of the glaciers to irrigate the fields. Numerous irrigation channels developed. Used as water channels in the past,
they are now ideal to enjoy wonderful hikes along the channels!
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