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grissian wanderweg

Hike from Grissiano to St. Apollonia

This hike leads us to the Romanesque churches of St. Jacob in Grissiano and St. Apollonia near Sirmiano.

Grissiano, the starting point of our hike, is located at 900 m asl above Prissiano. We drive on the narrow road from Nalles towards Prissiano and turn off to the left shortly before the village centre. The hamlet of Grissiano has got only a few houses and farmsteads, the firestation is the highest building of the place.

First we follow the path no. 8 towards the church of St. Jacob (San Giacomo). This first section coincides with the so-called “Grissianer Besinnungsweg zu den sieben Sakramenten” (Grissiano contemplation trail of the seven sacraments) with its 7 stations. After a 25-minute walk we reach our first destination, the St. Jacob Chapel. The small church houses probably the oldest fresco depicting the Dolomites. At the time of our hike (Oct 2009) it is just being renovated.

After a short stop we continue our walk through a dense deciduous and mixed forest. After another hour we reach the hamlet of Sirmiano di Sopra in the municipal area of Nalles. Here we cross the road. The steep ascent to the St. Apollonia Chapel (Sant’Apollonia) is ahead of us - the chapel is located on a hill which offers a fantastic view on the surroundings, including Mount Sciliar and the Catinaccio massif.

Please note: in ancient times the valley floor was swampy and an arterial road led from Bolzano and Appiano towards Merano, and further on to the Val di Non valley via the Passo delle Palade. Nowadays this hill is a popular excursion destination in spring, summer and autumn alike. The hamlets of Grissiano and Sirmiano di Sopra offer several rest points.

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Grissiano (or Sirmiano di Sopra)
Route: from Grissiano to St. Apollonia
Signposts: no. 8 (towards St. Jacob, St. Apollonia)
Distance: approx. 4.5 km (each direction)
Walking time: approx. 1.5 hours (each direction)
Experienced in: end of October 2009
Suitable for families? Yes, but the ascent to the St. Apollonia Chapel (last section) is too steep for prams.
Further information: Tesimo-Prissiano tourist board, phone: +39 0473 920822

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