AHRNTAL / VALLE AURINA
Val Aurina is one of the most authentic areas of South Tyrol and includes the villages of Lutago, Cadipietra, San Giacomo, San Giovanni, San Pietro and Rio Bianco.
Lutago: small and cosy, this village hosts the “Maranatha” Nativity Museum, which offers a unique view on the world of craftsmanship and artistic carving in the Val Aurina.
San Giacomo is no less important, however, and can be considered as the capital of wood carving. Local craftsmanship is still very much alive today. Just think that until some time ago there was a school here founded on this art, which now has its headquarters in Brunico. The local artists have managed to maintain the traditional art of carving masks until today: in the Sculpture Garden you can admire a selection of these authentic treasures.
For a long time, the simple way of life and ancient customs have played an important role in St. John’s, and are still part of the daily lives of the locals. If, for example, you particularly like this aspect, we would like to point out that every Sunday and on feast days you can proudly wear the traditional costume of the Val Aurina.
Those in search of peace and relaxation will find in St. Peter’s endless possibilities to regenerate and escape from everyday life. The small tourist resort is located at 1,345 meters above sea level. On the northern side of the “Klamme”, a deep furrow carved by the stream, in the middle of meadows and an intact landscape. The parish church of St. Peter dates back to 1600 and is located on the slope of the mountain. The traditional village festival takes place every year in October and culminates in the raising of the “Michlbaum” tree.
The last village in Val Aurina to be mentioned is the idyllic Rio Bianco, located at an altitude of 1,334 metres in a small side valley of the Valle Aurina, which can be reached from Lutago. The small river of glacial origin that crosses it has a particularly clear colour, almost like milk. This peculiar characteristic has given the name to the place.
You will feel like you are in a picture here too and its indisputable beauty has been preserved for years thanks to a very narrow road that connected Rio Bianco with the rest of the world. Certainly far from mass tourism, Rio Bianco is the ideal place to rest your eyes and ears. And to confirm this, a special experience are also the Health Trails of Rio Bianco: a Kneipp trail, a Herb Trail and a Meditation Trail. At the various stations, the visitor is invited to do good to his body and spirit. The winter highlights are the 10 km long cross-country ski run and two adventurous toboggan runs. If you are fascinated by the close contact with the cold element, you will find numerous vertical ice climbing walls here.