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Val Senales

Picturesque villages such as Certosa, Madonna di Senales and Vernago belong to the Val Senales, where the majestic glacier rises.

There, where the Merano region merges into the Val Venosta valley, the Val Senales branches off and stretches to the glaciers at the end of the valley, where Ötzi was on his way thousands of years ago. Apart from the entrance area of the valley, Senales covers the whole of the rest of the valley, the Val di Fosse in the Tessa Group Nature Park and the surrounding mountain areas, making it one of the largest municipalities in South Tyrol. There you will find the villages of Certosa, Madonna di Senales (main village), Maso Corto, Monte Santa Caterina and Vernago with its reservoir.

At the head of the Val Senales, which branches off from Naturno and covers the whole municipal area, there is the valley station of the Val Senales Glacier Cable Cars, taking winter sports enthusiasts in the skiing area on the glacier where you can ski from autumn to late spring. Those walking on foot may take a look at the world from above from the Iceman Oetzi Peak, the new viewing platform at 3,212 m a.s.l.

The memory of the past is kept alive in the valley: at the centuries-old movement of sheep from Madonna di Senales to Vent in Austria in June as well as on the search of Ötzi's traces. The "Iceman" was found in 1991 on the Similaun in the Ötztal Alps and is now housed in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano. The archeoParc Senales active museum, an alpine marathon and various events are dedicated to him.

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