Tubre in Val Monastero
The westernmost municipality of the province of Bolzano, Tubre in Val Monastero, is located between the Ortles mountain range and the Swiss Alps.
The Val Monastero, also called Val Münstair, connects the Val Venosta with the Swiss canton Grisons. The major part of this valley stretches on Swiss terrain, while only the municipality Tubre in Val Monastero is located in South Tyrol.
The village of Tubre is located at 1,240 m asl, together with the villages Rifair and Schlossoir it counts some 1,000 inhabitants. The ruins of Rotund and Reichenberg, dating back to the 12th century, tell about the animated past of the valley. It was constructed by the bishops of Chur and was used as their residence. Also worth seeing are the ancient churches of Tubre: the Romanesque S. Giovanni church, the Gothic S. Michele parish church, the S. Blasius parish church, S. Martino, S. Antonio, S. Nicolò, S. Rochus and S. Valentino.
Thanks to its location close to the border, visitors of Tubre have the possibility to mountaineer in the Sesvenna mountains and in the Avingatal valley, or to the summit of Piz Chavalatsch, the summit of which already belongs to Switzerland. Along the Val Monastero, there is also the so-called Sentiero delle Ore (literally translated the hour’s trail), which connects the convent of Son Jon in the Swiss Münstair with the convent of Monte Santa Maria in Italy.
By the way: The border to Switzerland is also a language boundary. While on the Swiss side the language that is spoken is Romansh, which is a Rhaeto-Romance language, on the Italian side the first official language is German.