KARNEID / CORNEDO ALL’ISARCO
Despite its name, Cornedo all’Isarco is a village at the entrance of the Ega Valley.
It is not a particularly touristic centre, but it is interesting to know that here there is a hydroelectric power station with penstocks, even among the largest in Italy. You can easily see it from the centre. An attraction that is certainly more suitable also for your kids is Castel Cornedo (Schloss Karneid): it dates back to the 13th century and is one of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in South Tyrol. Picturesque is the courtyard with the water well, the staircase and a two-storey loggia. Not to be missed is the Romanesque chapel where 14th century frescoes such as “The Triumph of Death” are preserved.
They are part of the municipality of Cornedo, Cardano, Prato Isarco, San Valentino in Campo and Collepietra. From Collepietra you can enjoy a wonderful view over the valley of Tires and the Catinaccio mountain range.
WELSCHNOFEN / NOVA LEVANTE
Nova Levante is small, but don’t be fooled: even this country has its corners to discover in all seasons! In the centre you will find restaurants and bars where you can taste the delights of traditional South Tyrolean cuisine. We would like to point out the charming parish church, the beautiful chapel of Saints Rocco and Sebastian that preserves splendid baroque frescoes and the Ethnographic Museum, a small museum that allows you to get to know the folklore and popular traditions of this side of the Dolomites and the surrounding valley.
Say Nova Levante and read Carezza, perhaps the most famous place in this valley. Its fame is due to the splendour of the homonymous lake, the Karersee, a stretch of water fed by an underground spring at about 1,534 metres above sea level. In Ladin, the lake is called “Lec de Ergobando” or “Lec de arcoboàn”, the rainbow lake because of the incredible colour that its waters take on when the light hits the surface. Around the lake there is a suggestive path that can be easily followed, even if it is not allowed to approach the water. In the background, the Latemar bell towers are reflected in the water of the lake, for a picture of great wonder.
Nova Levante is also very famous for the rich network of paths and trails that branch off from the town centre through the surrounding woods to the most important peaks in the surroundings. Some of the most famous and suggestive routes are the route of the Baite del Re Laurino, which runs along some wonderful pastures up to the ancient barns, the Schupfen, used by shepherds as a shelter and now transformed into farmhouses where you can taste the tasty local cheeses, and the path of the Catinaccio which leads to the most spectacular peaks of the Dolomites where you can admire the phenomenon of Enrosadira, when the mountains turn pink at sunset.
In winter don’t miss the magic of Christmas and snow, which paints the landscape of Val d’Ega white. In Nova Levante there is a small but respectable ski area. Carezza Ski is a small resort with 26 slopes served by 14 modern lifts. Most of the slopes are for beginners and this characteristic makes the Carezza ski area a children’s paradise. The Hubertus slope is dedicated to tobogganing.