The freedom of the mountains:

Author
Lara Sinner
Date
14.05.2020
Tags
Hiking

The freedom of the mountains:

Nature and space – out and about in summer 2020 

After weeks and months of isolation at home, there is nothing quite like the feeling of standing on top of a mountain and gazing out into the distance. Below, green meadows give way to craggy peaks and eventually a deep blue sky. Welcome to the freedom of the mountains. Welcome to Val d’Ega.

The giant peaks of the Catinaccio and Latemar massifs keep watch over Val d’Ega and its residents. Maybe that is why things are so peaceful here in the heart of the Italian Dolomites.

Exploring the Dolomites – one step at a time

With 500 kilometres of signposted trails the Val d’Ega region is a haven for walkers and hikers keen to explore the Dolomites on foot. High up in the mountains you will also find two via ferratas (climbing routes with handholds, footholds and steel ropes for safety) as well as two new themed walking paths – “Kirchweg” in Nova Ponente and “zum Kaiserstein” in Carezza – and a new bee learning trail in San Valentino in Campo. With so many trails and paths to choose from, social distancing comes as standard! Keen hikers can climb Val d’Ega’s highest peak at 3,004 metres above sea level, while those who like to take it easy will enjoy the region’s 30 huts and mountain restaurants – the best way to sample the best local food and drink.
 
All huts and restaurants adhere strictly to the current social distancing measures in place in Italy.

Latemar Obereggen
Panoramic view - Latemarium Obereggen
Mountaincinema - view to the Latemar

On your bike – finally free to ride

The individual villages in Val d’Ega of Nova Ponente, Nova Levante, Monte San Pietro, Carezza, Obereggen, Ega and Collepietra are connected by many bike trails. Mountain bikers will find both easy and challenging routes to explore, while e-bikers can benefit from an extra battery boost and roadbike riders will enjoy the smooth tarmac. The region also has two bike parks and a downhill trail – there really is something for everyone. Pedal up high and admire the turquoise waters of the Lago di Carezza or zoom downhill to the nearby city of Bolzano, the provincial capital. Rides can be easily combined with a visit to one of the many mountain huts serving delicious local food. After so long indoors, there is nothing quite like whizzing through the mountains with the sun on your back and the wind in your face.

Val d’Ega has seven villages, 200 square kilometres and just 24 guest beds per square kilometre. That means first and foremost one thing: lots of space. Far from the crowds of tourists, in the heart of the Dolomites, there are few better places to truly get away from it all than Val d’Ega with its wide open pastures and craggy mountain peaks. 

Biketrail Carezza at the Val d'Ega

Outdoor adventures in Val d’Ega

In summer the Val d’Ega region, which is just a short drive from the provincial capital Bolzano, is a haven for outdoor activities. Hiking, biking, golf and swimming are just a few of the options available. Local highlights include the Bletterbachschlucht gorge, the spectacular Lago di Carezza lake and the Latemarium, a family outdoor adventure area. The Catinaccio and Latemar mountain chains form part of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thick forests, towering mountains, action and relaxation await in this mountainous region full of ancient myths and legends. Come and find out for yourself. We look forward to welcoming you!

Lake Carezza - alpine Lake in the Dolomites
View to the Catinaccio from Collepietra
Alpine meadows at the foot of the Catinaccio/Rosengarten

Lara Sinner

is responsible for Web Concept & Content at clicktext, the South Tyrolean agency for corporate content. She loves and lives writing, and her stories reflect what the land of South Tyrol – and especially the Val d’Ega – has to tell!

The Italian version of this text is the work of our translation wizard Serena Schiavolin, responsible for Italian content at clicktext, who brings a typical Italian touch to our stories!