the most beautiful autumn walks in Italy

the most beautiful autumn walks in Italy
the most beautiful autumn walks in Italy
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Autumn is the ideal season to take regenerating walks in the mountains. We witness the magic of the changing landscape, with colors that turn from bright green to warm shades of orange and red, enjoying still clear days and pleasant temperatures. In particular, there is a territory that is worth visiting at this time of the year, a true pearl of our country where you can make unforgettable excursions and discover unique stories, culture and traditions. We take you to the discovery of Lana region.

Strolling through Lana and its surroundings

Located on the southern side of the Merano basin, at the entrance to the Val d’Ultimo, Lana is the largest fruit village in South Tyrol (a sight even when it is in bloom). Together with the neighboring villages of Cermes, Pavicolo, Postal, Monte San Vigilio, Foiana and Gargazzone, it occupies a sunny area where the Mediterranean flora is combined and confused with the Alpine one, thanks to the favorable climate created by the natural barrier of the Gruppo di Tessa, which prevents the northern frost from penetrating. Apple trees, cherry trees, orchids and palms thus coexist with chestnut, larch and beech trees, in harmonious harmony also with the history, the well-rooted culture and the peculiarities of the lively inhabited centers.

In this splendid area you can try your hand at difficult excursions or pleasantly stroll along flat paths among the apple orchards, immersed in a nature that changes and always surprises in the foliage season. Here it is really easy to combine a nice walk in the mountains with the discovery of a unique historical and architectural heritage.

The so-called “South Tyrolean orchard” is, in fact, a modern and pleasant country, suitable for families, which offers a great variety of monuments absolutely to visit. Suffice it to say that you come across about forty churches, chapels and monasteries scattered throughout the territory, including the legendary ruins of the Leone, Braunsberg and Brandis castles.

From Lana to the Lebenberg Castle along the Marlengo Waalweg path

Going through the waalweg (path of the canal) of Marlingwhich starts from Lana near the mouth of the Adige in the Rio Valsura canal, through a simple and panoramic walk over the Merano basin and the Val d’Adige, you arrive in about 45 minutes in Cermes, where the imposing Lebenberg Castle (also known as Castel Monteleone).

The manor, which dates back to the Middle Ages (about 1200), is one of the most beautiful and largest fully furnished South Tyrolean castles, privately owned. In 1426 it passed from the Lords of Marlengo to the Lords von Fuchs, who had it enlarged and renovated. The building remained in their possession until the 19th century. Today the castle is owned by the van Rossem family and can be visited from April to October. A wonderful place, where past and present coexist, between sumptuousness and humility, richness and simplicity, contrasts that however generate a unique harmony.

Inside you can admire the weapons room, the hall of mirrors, in Rococo style, with sumptuous furniture, artfully decorated wallpaper, oriental rugs and large chandeliers, the rustic room in Gothic-Renaissance style, furnished with furniture of era. And again, the room of the empire, built in the rock, and the room of the knights, with heavy dark furniture and the famous fresco depicting the family tree with the 12 generations of owners of the castle. Outside, however, a wonderful French garden is revealed, but the pride of the manor is there St. Stephen’s Chapelfor its medieval frescoes and perfect acoustics.

Brandis Waalweg, between nature and a unique work of art

If traveled in full, skirting the village of Lana in all its extension, surrounded by nature, between chestnut and apple trees, the waalweg Brandis leads to the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta in Lana di Sotto, where the jewel of the South Tyrolean village is located: thewooden altar of Schnatterpeck. It is a work of art known far beyond the borders of South Tyrol. The altar is the largest in the entire Alpine arc and one of the five largest altars in the German linguistic area. It was built between 1503 and 1511, it was carved in chestnut wood and richly decorated with pure gold. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that it survived when the Church decided to eliminate all the Gothic altars in favor of the Baroque ones.

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Opposing the replacement of the Schnatterpeck altar was the population of Lana, who claimed ownership through documents attesting to the payment of the same for a very high sum, equal to 1600 Renian florins (about 3 farms and 8 loads of wine per the era). It can be admired from April to November (with a guided tour) in all its grandeur, with its 7 meters high and over 14 meters wide, filled with 33 statues, many of which are life-size.

The other unmissable itineraries, to discover the surroundings of Lana

From the station to the top of Monte San Vigilio (also famous for ‘bathing in the forest’) reachable by cable car from Lana, unspoiled nature welcomes hikers who, taking the easy path no. 34 and then n. 3, in less than an hour they arrive at the well-known Church of San Vigilio. Dating back to 1278, it was built on a spot where in the past there was the site of a pagan cult and is perhaps the most emblematic testimony of all this territory because, despite the passage of time, it has remained almost intact in its original appearance. . Inside you can admire beautiful frescoes from around 1500 and a Gothic choir. It can be visited all year round, but by reservation only.

Finally, the Kröll Tower, located above the village of Gargazzone. It can be reached with a very simple walk, also suitable for families, with several stopping points, some with sunbeds, others with comfortable seats to admire the beauty of the surrounding landscape and splendid views of the Adige Valley. Before the tower, you meet the charming waterfall of the Aschler stream (Rio Eschio), which impresses with a 47-meter drop of water.

It is assumed that a housing structure was once located around the Kröll Tower, which in the Middle Ages served as a border control and which today is the symbol of the town’s coat of arms, but of the probable building and the surrounding wall only a mass of stones. Near this interesting monument there is a platform where you can admire a breathtaking view. In short, if you want to treat yourself to an unforgettable autumn walk in an area full of surprises, Lana and its surroundings are ready to amaze you.

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