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Hike on the Monte Sole Panorama Trail

A beautiful hike through the deciduous forest at the slope of the Monte Sole leads us from Parcines to Naturno.

The Monte Sole (Sonnenberg, in German) at the entrance of the Val Venosta valley is known for its steppe-like vegetation, which is unique for the Alpine area and seems to be a foretaste of the dry macchia landscape of the Mediterranean region. In the background the snow-capped peaks of the Ortles-Cevedale Group tower into the sky.

Our hike starts in the village centre of Parcines and follows the Monte Sole Path (Sonnenbergweg) towards west until we reach the suspension bridge. After crossing the Zielbach stream we follow the signpost “Sonnenberger Panoramaweg” (Monte Sole Panorama Trail) towards west. In Rablà and Plaus you have the possibility to descend into the valley, if you want to shorten the hike.

We enjoy the beautiful view on the Val Venosta valley with its villages and hamlets at the slopes. Especially in spring and autumn this tour offers a unique outdoor experience in the western part of South Tyrol. Towards south we see the green forests, dominated by the snow-capped glaciers of the Val Martello and Val d’Ultimo valleys. Towards east, however, the view opens up on the Merano valley basin and the summits of Mount Ivigna and Mount Cervina, two peaks of the Sarentino Alps.

Please note: the trail is mostly flat, but there are also some short steep sections (uphill and downhill) secured by ropes and steps or stairs.

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Parcines - alternatively: Naturno, or sections from Rablà or Plaus
Route: Sonnenberger Panoramaweg (Monte Sole Panorama Trail)
Signpost: no. 91 (from the suspension bridge near Parcines)
Distance: 7 km
Walking time: approx. 2.5 hours
Experienced in: beginning of November 2009
Suitable for families? Yes, also the steeper sections can be done by children. However, the path is not accessible with prams, since there are stairs, bottlenecks and narrow spots
Further information: Naturno tourist board, phone: +39 0473 666077

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