Stadt Sterzing
Stadt Sterzing

Town of Vipiteno

One of the most beautiful small towns in Italy, Vipiteno, is guarded by the Tower of the Twelve, which used to call for lunch

Vipiteno (Sterzing), the northernmost town in Italy, was once an important mining centre. It owes its prosperity to the miners, the rich silver mines and the wealthy merchants who settled here. Later, it was often the residence of emperors and kings. Today, the medieval town presents itself in a modern look but still keeps in mind its origins: Lovely oriels and gables and colourful facades adorn the old town of Vipiteno, which is also a shopping and strolling area.

The landmark of the town - the famous Tower of the Twelve - is 46 metres high and cannot be overlooked: It separates the old town from the new town and it is also the one that watches over the annual Christmas Market. Culture lovers can find inspiration here: The Mithras Stone is a reminder of the Romans, the Multscher Museum of the sculptor Hans Multscher, the Gothic council chamber in the town hall of the former wealth of the Fugger Town, as Vipiteno is also known. The Vipiteno Municipal Museum tells you everything about the history of the town.

The leisure activities on offer are also impressive. They can be divided into relaxing and eventful. On the one hand, there's the cinema and the wellness facilities at the Balneum bathing world, and on the other, the high ropes course at the Monte Cavallo valley station, rafting and the summer toboggan run on rails that whizzes downhill from the Monte Cavallo. In winter, the municipal ski area opens here, of course with marvellous views on the Upper Valle Isarco below.

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