The valleys of woods and meadows, the farming culture of the Ulten valley, the Zoccolo lake, the walls and the palaces, the churches, the alleys, the courtyards, the atmosphere of Glurns and the delicious dumplings

 
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Bolzano: a trip to the villages of Ulten and Glurns.

Bolzano: a trip to the villages of Ulten and Glurns.

It is after a sweet krapfen jam, savored in one of the premises of the historic center of Bolzano, which we leave its charming interweaving of alleys and squares to go to the discovery of two interesting centers located in the north west of Trentino-Alto Adige, Ulten and Glurns.

With the elegant streets of the center of Bolzano still in the eye, we walk along the Adige valley towards Merano until we reach Lana, a town located at the entrance of the Val d'Ultimo. We leave the Val d'Adige to enter the Val d'Ultimo, characterized by ancient farms, thick woods and meadows, and surrounded by the high peaks of the south-eastern Ortles group.

The forty kilometers long valley is, in its highest part, included in the Stelvio National Park.

After San Pancrazio, the first village in the valley, with the interesting Castel d'Ultimo, also known as Eschenlohe castle, symbol of the valley and the ancient residence of the lords of the valley, we continue towards the upper valley up to Ultimo, composed of the three hamlets of Santa Valburga, San Nicolò and Santa Gertrude.

Borgo di Ultimo

Dominated by the village church, located on a hill, Santa Valburga rises 1190 meters above sea level and is characterized by the lake of Zoccolo, populated by different species of fishes including the arctic char, marble trout, rainbow trout and char of fountain.

It is instead at 1256 meters above sea level that San Nicolò is found, from the beautiful bell tower of the church that dominates the roofs of the town, where we allow ourselves a visit to the Museum of val d'Ultimo, located in the heart of the town, where to deepen knowledge of the culture and traditions of local farmers, including smokehouses, work tools and the reproduction of a typical work room.

The highest of the villages in the valley is Santa Gertrude, at 1500 meters, from where many excursions depart for the Stelvio National Park. On the outskirts of the village are the ancient larches, of which three in particular by the height of 28 meters and the diameter of over eight, declared a natural heritage by UNESCO.

Let's go back to Lana, to continue again towards Merano, the ancient capital of the Tyrol, and continue in the splendid Val Venosta, an important historical connecting area, full of churches and castles immersed in breathtaking landscapes.

Borgo di Glorenza

Among the most beautiful and historically interesting centers of the valley there is Glurns, the only fortress town, almost completely intact, of Trentino-Alto Adige. At the center of the upper Val Venosta, a few kilometers from the Swiss border, in Roman times it was an important commercial crossroads towards Switzerland, assuming, in the first half of the fourteenth century, an important commercial role by holding the salt trade monopoly from Hall in Tyrol. Enclosed in the virtually intact renaissance walls, with semicircular towers and the three city gates, Glorenza enchants with its elegant historical buildings and the patrician houses of the sixteenth century, the churches, including the beautiful parish church of San Pancrazio, a late Gothic building with a baroque bell tower bulb, and the arcades of the XIII century; then the narrow alleys, the inner courtyards and the beautiful facades of the early Gothic.

Glorenza

Dover of a delicious break based on dumplings, the ancient local peasant recipe, prepared with bread, milk and eggs, and flavored with bacon, cheese, parsley and onion, which we accompany with a white South Tyrolean wine, Alto Adige Classico Bianco DOC .

These are the extraordinary mountains of South Tyrol to accompany us to Bolzano, along the way back. The waters of the Adige, the meadows and the woods still give us many enchanting views, while Ultimo and Glurns are already nostalgic.

Events

  • Santa Valburga
    25-02-2019 | Ultimo - Ulten (BZ)
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-02-25 2019-02-25 Europe/Rome Santa Valburga Ultimo - Ulten

    Village of Ultimo - Ulten

  • Ultner Höfelauf Race
    From 15-07-2017 To 20-07-2019 | Ultimo - Ulten (BZ)
    Sports

    Add to calendar 2017-07-15 2019-07-20 Europe/Rome Ultner Höfelauf Race The Ultner Höfelauf Race is the most popular and popular sporting event in Val d'Ultimo, born to combine the pleasure of running with local culture. The trail winds along the fascinating "Val d'Ultimo mountain trail" that leads from Pracupola to S. Geltrude, returning to the other side of the valley. There are six categories, but it's important to attend! Ultimo - Ulten

    The Ultner Höfelauf Race is the most popular and popular sporting event in Val d'Ultimo, born to combine the pleasure of running with local culture. The trail winds along the fascinating "Val d'Ultimo...

    Village of Ultimo - Ulten

  • Fair of Pracupola
    20-09-2019 | Ultimo - Ulten (BZ)
    Feasts

    Add to calendar 2019-09-20 2019-09-20 Europe/Rome Fair of Pracupola Traditional fair of Pracupola, with shearing sheep and selling typical products of the valley. Ultimo - Ulten

    Traditional fair of Pracupola, with shearing sheep and selling typical products of the valley.

    Village of Ultimo - Ulten

  • Transhumance in the Val d'Ultimo
    From 07-09-2019 To 28-09-2019 | Ultimo - Ulten (BZ)
    Feasts

    Add to calendar 2019-09-07 2019-09-28 Europe/Rome Transhumance in the Val d'Ultimo Every year in September peasants lead their cattle downstream after a summer spent on the mountain pastures of the Val d'Ultimo. Ultimo - Ulten

    Every year in September peasants lead their cattle downstream after a summer spent on the mountain pastures of the Val d'Ultimo.

    Village of Ultimo - Ulten | Know more

  • Weeks of Lamb
    From 21-09-2019 To 05-10-2019 | Ultimo - Ulten (BZ)
    Feasts

    Add to calendar 2019-09-21 2019-10-05 Europe/Rome Weeks of Lamb Every year, between September and October, the Val d'Ultimo is dedicated to celebrating the sheep and the lamb. From time immemorial sheep are protagonists of the mountain landscape of the Val d'Ultimo and an important element of its rural culture. Lamb weeks offer a series of events dedicated to the reality of sheep breeding: a selection of local restaurants serves specialties and dishes prepared with local lamb flesh. Ultimo - Ulten

    Every year, between September and October, the Val d'Ultimo is dedicated to celebrating the sheep and the lamb. From time immemorial sheep are protagonists of the mountain landscape of the Val d'Ultimo...

    Village of Ultimo - Ulten

  • Pastor's Dance
    12-10-2019 | Ultimo - Ulten (BZ)
    Concerts

    Add to calendar 2019-10-12 2019-10-12 Europe/Rome Pastor's Dance All are invited to the traditional pastor's dance in St. Valburga (Raiffeisen Hall). Ultimo - Ulten

    All are invited to the traditional pastor's dance in St. Valburga (Raiffeisen Hall).

    From 20:30 | Village of Ultimo - Ulten

  • Christmas in Val d'Ultimo
    From 09-12-2019 To 10-12-2019 | Ultimo - Ulten (BZ)
    Street markets

    Add to calendar 2019-12-09 2019-12-10 Europe/Rome Christmas in Val d'Ultimo Special products in a particular place. The new Culten Museum offers the ideal setting for this extraordinary market that deliberately goes out of the classic Christmas markets of the province. Among the walls of the old rural farmhouse of the sixteenth century, the Zuanochten farmer's showrooms present their Christmas products, while outside the gastronomic booths delight visitors with many typical specialties. With their almost mystical atmosphere, the underground halls of the Museum want to give space to gathering and reflection. Here you take the time to gather around the crackling fire, listen to a Christmas story, or talk about the Christmas customs of a time. Musical accompaniment is entrusted to the Alphornbläser bands of Proves and Turmbläser Ulten, to the folk music band of Val d'Ultimo and to Tobi with his accordion. Ultimo - Ulten

    Special products in a particular place. The new Culten Museum offers the ideal setting for this extraordinary market that deliberately goes out of the classic Christmas markets of the province. Among the...

    Village of Ultimo - Ulten


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