DEUTSCHNOFEN / NOVA PONENTE
From the plateau of the Regolo mountain (Regglberg), Nova Ponente or Deutschnofen dominates the Val d’Ega. The municipality consists of the hamlets of Monte San Pietro, Ega (S. Nicolò) and Obereggen. The small village is famous for the little church of Sant’Elena, which can be reached with an easy half hour hike from the centre. It is a church built in 1410 on a prehistoric place of pilgrimage with a cycle of frescoes dating back to the same period. The real treasure of this church, however, is the bell: forged in 1500, it is the oldest in the region.
The village of Nova Ponente is situated on a plateau surrounded by the Schlern, Rosengarten and Latemar massifs to the east and the Zanggen, Corno Bianco and Corno Nero to the south. The panoramic view to the west also includes the Mendola mountain range. If you like boundless panoramas, then this is the right place! Moreover, thanks to its location, from Nova Ponente you can undertake numerous hiking trails and via ferrata routes.
In the hamlet of Monte San Pietro not to be missed is the most famous sanctuary of the whole region, the one dedicated to the Madonna di Pietralba. Nestled among meadows and woods, at an altitude of 1520 m on Monte Regolo, in the municipality of Nova Ponente is the sanctuary, an istitution, which boasts the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1988.
The structure dates back to 1553 and legend says that the Virgin Mary appeared to the farmer Leonhard Weißensteiner and cured him of his illness. As a thank you she asked him to build a chapel there, where all the faithful could invoke her help. This original chapel was immediately visited by numerous pilgrims and it became necessary to build a larger church.
Today’s basilica is annexed to the convent which is inhabited by the Fathers of the Servite Order. Believe it or not, this place is definitely worth a visit, if only to immerse yourself in an atmosphere that will touch your heart.
From the sacred to the profane in one paragraph: another village in Nova Ponente is Obereggen, a famous ski resort, part of the Latemar Ski Center. Wonderful panoramic trails with the Latemarium trail for the summer; ski and toboggan runs and a fairly large snow park for the winter.
From Obereggen you can easily reach the Oberholz mountain hut, a very modern, recently built and organic mountain hut, which represents a combination of avant-garde architecture with a mountain flavour: its extremities, at an altitude of over 2,000 metres, project towards the hamlet of Obereggen, with a breathtaking view of the valley all to be admired from its immense windows. Really chic!