The hippodrome of Merano is located in the city district of Maia Bassa.
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Maia Bassa, an autonomous village, makes part of the city of Merano since 1924. This quarter is located on the left of the Passirio river, stretching from the Winkelberg to the Adige riverbank. Contrary to the historic town, this residential area is rather calm, comprising several facilities such as tennis courts, camping sites and the Meranarena. The most famous facility, however, is the hippodrome of Maia Bassa. From the beginning of May to the end of October, it is venue for a series of horse races. The “Gran Premio di Merano” however, which is a highly-remunerated race, might be the most famous, taking place on the last Sunday in September and attracting the worlds’ best horses and jockeys to Merano again and again.
By the way: the toponym probably derives from the antique Roman toll station “Castrum Maiense”, named after the Roman god of spring Maias.