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May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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South Tyrol walking

South Tyrol walking

The Chestnut Route

  • Spellbinding views, wild open spaces, mountain lakes, jagged peaks
  • Warm, comfortable family-run accommodation
  • Rich flora and fauna
  • Friendly locals with a unique cultural heritage
  • Superb culinary, including delicious cheeses, carne salada, polenta, mushrooms, speck and outstanding wines

 

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Route

The route is quite easy The whole itinerary is mostly on surfaced and unsurfaced roads, countryside tracks and paths. Several walks have shorter options.  

Start: Bressanone            Finish: Bolzano

Day 1: Arrive in Bressanone
Day 2: Bus to Novacella Abbey and walk to Velturno (15 km)
Day 3: Walk from Velturno to Barbiano (16 km)
Day 4: Walk from Barbiano to Collalbo (15 km)
Day 5: Collalbo loop via Kematen and earth pyramids (11 km)
Day 6: Walk from Collalbo to Castel Roncolo and bus to Bolzano (18 km)
Day 7: Alp of Siusi loop (21 km)
Day 8: Departure from Bolzano

Day 1:    Arrive in Bressanone

Your travel starts from Bressanone, a colorful, lively city and the oldest of the whole Tyrol: if you arrive early, take the chance to stroll through its colorful alleys and visit the frescoed rooms of the bishops’ palace.

Day 2:    Bus to Novacella Abbey and walk to Velturno (15 km)

A morning transfer takes you to the Augustinian monastery of Novacella, also well known for the delicious white wine produced here.  From here you follow dirt tracks and countryside paths among woods and vineyards to reach Velturno: this town surrounded by chestnut trees boasts such a great climate that it was chosen as a summer residence by several noble families throughout the centuries. 

Challenge: 5 hours, 15 km, 720m ascent, 471m descent

Day 3:    Walk from Velturno to Barbiano (16 km)

Today’s nice walk packs in more than a few surprises: the Sabiona Monastery, spiritual heart of the Tyrol area, perched on the top of a steep cliff; Chiusa, home to artists and poets, among the most beautiful Italian hamlets; and finally Barbiano, a nice village located on the banks of River Isarco.

Challenge: 6 hours, 16 km, 778m ascent, 798m descent

Day 4:    Walk from Barbiano to Collalbo (15 km)

Today’s walk takes you to Collalbo through woods and orchards: this village located on the Renon plateau is a well-known ski centre and a real heaven for nature lovers. A brief detour along the way allows you to see a rock with prehistoric signs.

Challenge: 6 hours, 15 km, 713m ascent, 403m descent

Day 5:    Collalbo loop via Kematen and earth pyramids (11 km)

This easy, panoramic walk along the Renon plateau runs through forests and the typical Alpine meadows: on your way you skirt the nice Kematen lake and the typical earth pyramids, cone shaped formations created by moraine silt that was brought here by melting Ice Age glaciers. At the end of the walk you take the Renon train and go back to Collalbo through beautiful views on the surrounding mountains.

Challenge: 4 hours, 11 km, 400m ascent, 366m descent

Day 6:    Walk from Collalbo to Castel Roncolo and bus to Bolzano (18 km)

Today’s hike is easy but not particularly difficult: from Collalbo you head to Castel Roncolo through orchards, forests and cultivated fields, in a countryside dotted with castles, manor houses and farms. At the end of the excursion you take a bus to Bolzano (you should start walking before 8am to avoid missing the last bus, but you can also walk the whole way to the city): this lively town perfectly unites Italian and Austian cultures, and boasts many artistic beauties. 

Challenge: 8 hours, 18 km, 591m ascent, 1396m descent

Day 7:    Alp of Siusi loop (21 km)

After a bus ride from Bolzano to Siusi, you take a cable car to the Compatsch: here starts this easy circular walk along the biggest Alpine plateau in Europe. The itinerary passes through mountain huts and small hamlets, offering beautiful views on the Dolomties jagged peaks. The walk leads you back to Compatsch, from where a ride in cable car and bus takes you back to Bolzano.  

Challenge: 6 hours, 21 km, 316m ascent, 484m descent

Day 8:    Departure from Bolzano

Our services end after breakfast. 

accommodation

All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.

We choose comfortable 3* and 4* hotelswhere all rooms have private en-suite bathroom.

You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel Grüner Baum - Bressanone
Hotel Grüner Baum - Bressanone

Hotel is centrally located in Bressanone and it offers comfortable, spacious and clean rooms. These have free Wifi, TV, air-conditioning/heating. The restaurant offers regionale cuisine, highly recommended. Staff are very kind and helpful. It also offers a luxurious SPA. 

www.gruenerbaum.it

Hotel Feldthurnerhof - Velturno
Hotel Feldthurnerhof - Velturno

Hotel Feldthurnerhof is a smart hotel located on sunny slopes of Eisacktal Valley. It offers comfortable, spacious, cleand and modern rooms with free Wifi, TV, telephone and a splendid balcony with an amazing view. The restaurant offers italian dishes and regional and international specialties. Breakfast is very good, rich and abundant. 

www.feldthurnerhof.com

Hotel Rösslwirt - Barbiano
Hotel Rösslwirt - Barbiano

Hotel Rösslwirt has a very beautiful view. If offers clean, comfortable and spacious rooms with free Wifi, TV, balcony. The restaurant is very good. Breakfast is rich with savory and sweet dishes. Staff is very kind and helpful. 

www.roesslwirt.com

Hotel Dolomiten - Collalbo
Hotel Dolomiten - Collalbo

The family run Hotel Dolomiten is set in Renon and offers panoramic views of the Dolomites. It offers comfortable, welcoming and loving rooms with mountain style with free Wifi, TV. The restaurant proposes a combination of Mediterranean cuisine and specialities from South Tyrol. Breakfast is very good, savoury and sweet. Staff is very kind and welcoming. 

www.hoteldolomiten.com

Hotel Regina - Bolzano
Hotel Regina - Bolzano

This modern hotel is located only 200 m from the city center of Bolzano. Rooms are well-furnished, comfortable and clean with free Wifi, TV, telephone, air conditioning/heating. Breakfast is rich with savoury and sweet dishes. Staff is helpful and kind. 

www.hotelreginabz.it

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between May and October.

The closest airports to Bressanoine are Bolzano-Dolomiti (BZO) and Innsbruck (INN).

Arrival in Bressanone

From both Bolzano (BZO) and Innsbruck (INN) ariports, you can reach the railway station bys bus, and then take a train to Bressanone.

Departure from Bolzano

If flying from Bolzano (BZO), you can easily reach the airport by bus.

In case you are flying from Innsbruck, you can get there by train and then take a bus to the airport (INN).

Train timetables available on www.trenitalia.com.

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 7 Nights in selected B&Bs, hotels and agriturismo
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer  Bressanone-Velturno; Velturno-Barbiano; Barbiano-Collalbo; Collalbo-Bolzano
  • Ritten Card for 3 days
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support 

Excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to Bressanone and from Bolzano
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Optional services

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfer from airport to Bressanone
  • Transfer from Bolzano to airport
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