Prato allo Stelvio
The municipality of Prato allo Stelvio is located at the entrance to the reign of king Ortles and also comprises the village of Montechiaro.
The municipality of Prato allo Stelvio has got about 3,400 inhabitants and comprises two separate administrations: Prato (with Agumes) and Montechiaro.
The official name „Prato allo Stelvio“ seems to suggest the position of the municipality directly at the mountain pass. Actually it is located much lower down in the valley, in the fertile valley basin of the Val Venosta, where the Valle di Solda and Trafoi branches off, at about 900 m asl. From this place, 20 km are left to the Passo dello Stelvio.
Prato allo Stelvio is located in the Stelvio national park, which is characterised by its unique natural scenery and its richness in species: from the slopes of the Ortles mountain range down into the valley and the Prader Sand, a biotope, which is the area where the Solda river empties into the Adige river. This savage and unique area is considered a bird reserve where almost extinct species live. Dedicated to the Alpine nature at the water, however, is the national park visitors’ centre Aqua Prad, which is located in the centre of the village, hosted by a modern museum complex.
Excursions in the close surroundings, to the mountains of the Ortles mountain range, to the lovely city of Glorenza or to Lake Resia make your holidays even more varied. In winter, six skiing areas are within easy reach, that all belong to the Ortles mountain range.