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Val Venosta bicycle track

The Val Venosta bicycle track from Passo Resia to Merano is a beautiful and varied section of the Via-Claudia-Augusta bicycle track.

The Val Venosta bicycle track, which runs along the Adige river from Passo Resia to Merano, forms a part ot the Via-Claudia-Augusta bicycle track. We start our tour in the village of Malles right under the mountain pass.

In order to reach our starting point at 1,050 metres asl, we take the Val Venosta train from Merano (we can take our bike with us, see „Bicylce & train“) to Malles. Arrived in Malles, we follow the main road down to the small medieval city of Glorenza, which is very worth to be visited!

After Glorenza, we turn right into the bicycle track along the Adige river, which leads us into the „Prader Sand“ biotope south of Sluderno, with its rare bird and fish species. In the background we see the impressive white peaks of the Ortles mountain range.

Crossing the village Prato allo Stelvio, we continue our bicycle tour on country trails leading towards east. Since we cycle at the boarder of the Stelvio national park the ground is not asphalted. Therefore, we recommend to use mountainbikes. After a while we reach the village Lasa. Lasa is known for the pure white marble quarried in the mountains south of the village. Moreover, Lasa is the centre of the apricot cultivation in the Val Venosta.

Back on the bicycle track, we continue to cycle along the Adige river until we reach the village of Silandro (locality Covelano), which is considered to be the centre of the Val Venosta, and finally the village of Laces at the entrance of the Val Martello. The bicycle track crosses Laces and we may have a look at its Romanesque centre.

In Castelbello the Val Venosta gets warmer and we see the first vineyards. Castelbello Castle can be seen very good from the bicycle track. We pass the entrance of the beautiful Val Senales and the village of Naturno. On this part, the Val Venosta bicycle track leads on country trails.

Passing the villages of Plaus and Parcines we arrive at the small locality Tel, where we turn left and cycle downwards to Lagundo and finally Merano.

With the impressive walls of Mount Ortles and the sunny slopes of Monte Sole, the Stelvio national park and the fruit orchards and vineyards, the Val Venosta bicycle track offers a very beautiful and varied landscape.
To continue on the Via-Claudia-Augusta towards Bolzano, you first have to cycle zigzag through the city of Merano (see „Bicycle tracks in Merano“).

Author: AT

Track: Pista ciclabile della Val Venosta
Section of interregional bicycle tracks: Via-Claudia-Augusta
Starting point: railway station Malles in the Val Venosta
Cycling time: 3 - 4.5 hours
Length: 61 km
Altitude difference: 725 metres (downhill)
Experienced in: July 2009
Track surface: mostly asphalted bicycle tracks, forest trails and secondary roads; some sections run in a Natura 2000 area (gravel)

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