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Earth Pyramids of San Genesio and Meltina

The Salto and Monzoccolo high plateaus are home to several Earth Pyramids: They can be found near San Genesio and in Meltina

The San Genesio Earth Pyramids are located in the smallest district of the municipality, in Montoppio at about 1,270 m a.s.l. The earth pillars, which in this case have emerged over the centuries from the red clay soil of a landslide area, are - as everywhere - protected from erosion by the capstones on the rather unstable pillars.

They can be best seen on a circular hike on the Salto. The path leads from the locality Schermoos across the high plateau to the Earth Pyramids near the Wieser inn and impresses especially in autumn with the blaze of colour of the surrounding larch meadows. The larch is, in fact, one of two conifers (along with the so-called golden larches, which, however, do not belong to the larches) that change colour in autumn and whose needles then fall off like the leafs of deciduous trees.

In the village of Meltina, about 20 km away, there are more Earth Pyramids: Some of them reach the spectacular height of 30 m, but they are far less well-known than those on the Renon, in San Genesio or Collepietra. Meltina is located about 100 m lower than Montoppio, its wide alpine pastures make the village and its surroundings a popular region for hikers and mountain bikers. It can be ideally combined with a trip to the Meltina Earth Pyramids above the Rio Meltina stream.

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