Ora, a wine village in the south of South Tyrol, allows to develop Mediterranean feeling.
The market town of Ora is located in the Bassa Atesina region at 242 m asl and about 16 km in the south of the main town of South Tyrol, which is Bolzano. Its ancient residences, narrow alleys and farms typify the village, that was able to preserve its original, rural character. Accessing the village from south, visitors come across the former parish church S. Pietro, boasting Romanesque and Gothic construction elements. It is open to the public for mass celebrations, inside there is the oldest organ in the entire Alpine region. The historic town in the upper village boasts the present-day parish church dedicated to S. Maria.
Particularly attracting is the biotope of Castelvetere. Extending on a 190 m high porphyry rock, sub-Mediterranean vegetation with moors, ponds and rocks typifies this protected area that is also a very popular hiking area. But that’s far from being all, as the ruins of a castle complex point towards a pre-historic settlement. A spot of land to be enjoyed to the fullest. The breathtaking view you can indulge in in this place ranges from Lake Caldaro to the Chiusa di Salorno. A further natural highlight located on the road to Castelvetere is undoubtedly the Rio Nero waterfall.
Slightly above Ora, the former railway line of the Val di Fiemme train passes by. The so-called “Vecia Ferovia” railway that is out of service today is particularly popular with mountain bikers, taking to the Val di Fiemme (Trentino) via San Lugano. The Val d’Adige cycling path, however, goes past the village in the valley beneath and is ideal for family tours.
Our tip: On April 25, the S. Marco market takes place in the village of Ora. Clothes, sweets, fun and entertainment, really worth to be payed a visit.