This mountain range has got the shape of a horseshoe.
Image gallery: Sarentino Alps
Like a horseshoe the mountain chain of the Sarentino Alps surround the homonymous valley in the heart of South Tyrol. Really high mountains can only be found in the north, an area which nearly resembles a high mountain region. Towards south the mountains bottom out and form large plateaus, like the Monte Zoccolo in the west, the alpine pasture of Villandro in the South as well as the Renon, characterised by the popular Monte Corno.
The boundaries of the Sarentino Alps are the Adige and Isarco river, the Val Passiria as well as Passo Giovo. The street leading from Vipiteno to Bolzano via Passo di Pennes devides the Sarentino Alps into an east and west part. However, within about 7 days you can explore the Sarentino Alps on well-kept hiking paths (”horseshoe tour”).
The Sarentino Alps would be the largest nature park in South Tyrol, which might include the localities of Sarentino, Renon, Avelengo, Verano, Meltina, San Genesio, Racines, Campo di Trens, Fortezza, Varna, Bressanone, Velturno, Chiusa, Villandro and Barbiano. All requirements have already been fulfilled and a protected area has been planned.
However, worht mentioning are particularly two characteristics of the Sarentino Alps: the earth pillars on the Renon as well as the pilgrimage church at the S. Croce di Lazfons, situated at notable 2,311m asl.
Highest peak: Hirzer (2,781 m)
Major peaks: Corno Bianco (2,705 m), Corno Renon (2,260 m), Ivigna (2,581 m), Cima San Cassiano (2,581 m), Corno di Tramin (2,708 m), Monte del Pascolo (2,439 m)
Location: South Tyrol (Italy)