Val Venosta cycling track: Resia - Merano
A really popular one: The cycling trail of the Val Venosta, part of the Via Claudia Augusta, stretches along the Adige.
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At Passo Resia, representing a 1,500 m high border between Italy and South Tyrol, the cycling track of the Val Venosta starts. It hugs lake Resia and provides a great view on the famous church steeple rising from the lake, a remnant of the drown village of Curon Vecchia. We proceed across S. Valentino and pass Lake San Valentino. Along the Adige, we cycle to Burgusio, Clusio and finally reach Curon. From this little, Mediaeval town, which is absolutely worth to be visited, the cycle track continues to the Prader Sand Biotope, which is a meadow landscape at the Solda river, that is to say a protected area. This is where the cycle track is not asphalted, until we reach Prato.
The oncoming section, past Cengles and Oris to Lasa, is mainly characterised by fruit-growing. The burnt Monte Sole on the left stands in contrast to the densely forested Nörderberg on the right. At Lasa we recommend you a break, as the centre is really worth a visit. By the way, in this village marble is mined and is also considered a stronghold for the cultivation of apricots. The next section stretches along a savage part of the Adige riverside. The river has carved a deep canyon into the ground, which is part of the Stelvio national park (that’s why this section is not asphalted). Via Covelano we reach Silandro, the chief village of the valley. The cycle track continues across a landscape of fruit orchards at Morter at the entrance of Val Martello to Laces.
Cycling across the village, we pass the Latschander gorge down to Castelbello, its charming castle strikes the view. Stava, Naturno, Plaus, Rablà and Plars are the next villages we pass on the cycling track, leading us the way to Lagundo and Merano, the end of our tour across the Val Venosta. If you would like to, you can proceed to Bolzano.
Name of the track: Radweg Vinschgau (Val Venosta cycle track)
Start: Passo Resia (1,504 m)
End: Merano (330 m)
Length: about 86 km
Estimated cycling time: about 4 to 5 houts
Drop in altitude: 1,200 m downhill, about 120 m ascent
Characteristics: asphalted cycling track, short passages on field tracks and side roads in a protected area
Train & bicycle: regional trains of the Val Venosta with limited bicycle capacity stop in: Malles, Oris, Lasa, Silandro, Castelbello, Naturno, Merano.
Connection to further cycling routes in the cycling network of South Tyrol:
1. At Merano: Val d’Adige cycling track to Bolzano (Via Claudia)
2. At Merano: cycle track Val Passiria to S. Leonardo
3. At Passo Resia: cycle track Via Claudia to Nauders / Landeck (A)