Appiano, considered to be the “land of castles and wine”, is located only 10 km from Bolzano along the South Tyrolean Wine Route.
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The large market town of Appiano, including the localities of San Michele, Cornaiano, San Paolo, Monticolo, Frangarto, Riva di Sotto, Missiano, Perdonico and Gaido is mainly characterised by fruit-growing and viticulture. Stretching on an area ranging from 200 to 1,800 m asl in the Oltradige, the municipality has got some 14,000 inhabitants.
Appiano nestles on the slopes of the Mendola mountain range, in part on a moraine hill of the last Ice Age. Archaeologic findings of the Bronze Age and the Middle Ages testify an early settlement of this area. The famous Roman Road „Via Claudia Augusta“ takes across today’s municipal area, even if its exact course is unknown.
There is much to do and see in Appiano: from the Wine Culture Weeks in summer to the Wine Cellar Festival and the “Paulsner Dorffest” in September, the Toerggele tradition in autumn and ice skating on the frozen Lake of Monticolo in winter.
Our tip: a hike to the Ice Holes of Appiano, a particular natural phenomenon, offering a cool breeze even on hot summer days.