The Salto (Salten) is the southern part of the Monzoccolo mountain and famous for its wide larch meadows.
Together with the Renon and the Regglberg high plateaus, the Monzoccolo mountain is among the most important mountain ranges around Bolzano. Millions of years ago it was a volcanic area. Today, in the south of the Monzoccolo, which stretches from Avelengo via the villages Verano, Meltina and San Genesio at an average altitude of 1,100 and 1,500 m asl, the Salto high plateau is located.
The hiking and excursion destination is very popular for its gorgeous wide larch meadows, in autumn a true spectacle of colours. Already in the 13th century, the Salto was mentioned (Lat. “saltus” = forest), the alpine meadows have always been used for cow and horse grazing. The famous Haflinger horses can be seen here. The highest point of the Salto is the 1,468 m high Tschaufenhöhe pass.
The Salto hiking area is well-known far beyond the borders of South Tyrol because also the European trail E5 and the yellow route of the Via Alpina proceed across this high plateau, always accompanied by fantastic panoramic views on the surrounding mountain ranges. Moreover in this cultural landscape the interesting Legends Trail can be found. Several stations tell different sagas and are decorated with crafted figures done by the local children. A real attraction especially for the young ones.