A tour among some of Italy’s most beautiful mountains, in the footsteps of the famous Reinhold Messner, who here has begun to climb. 19 kilometers around to one of the most spectacular massifs of the Dolomites.

Val di Funes, South Tyrol
Photo by Matteo Leoni via Flickr

We are in Val di Funes, jewel of South Tyrol. What in German is called Villnößtal is a small valley, very quiet, which includes the three village of Tiso, San Pietro and Santa Maddalena. Despite its limited size, it remains one of the most visited South Tyrolean valleys. The reason becomes clear as soon as you arrive, and maybe we understand even just looking at the pictures: the Val di Funes offers breathtaking views, being there means immersing yourself in a pristine nature that leaves you speechless.

Val di Funes, South Tyrol
Photo by DavideGorla via Flickr

Hiking, climbing, walking in the woods, snowshoeing: the activities the Val di Funes offers are innumerable, both in summer and winter; moreover, Val di Funes, a world natural heritage, is a member of Alpine Pearls, providing the opportunity to live a natural and car-free holiday.

Among the many activities we’ve chosen to tell you the Odle tour, an exciting trip in the shadow of the incredible massif of the Odle, among meadows and forests that leave you breathless. It is a long alpine trekking that, given the length, height and travel time, is recommended for those who are fit.

The itinerary starts from the Zannes alpine pasture, which eventually provides a parking spot. From here we proceed to the left, first along the creek Ciancenon and then along the path n.6 until the Ciancenon hut at 1928 meters above sea level. Here begins a climb. We proceed, following the beautiful Alta Via delle Dolomiti n.2. Then  we continue to the right, following the path 13, to the Mont fork from the Ega-Wasserscharte (2642 m), where you reach the highest point of the tour. We descends through another fork, until Ciautier meadows, and then along the path 2B. The itinerary continues through the Pana fork, follow the 6A path up to Fermeda towers, from here you take the path 25 and then the Adolf Munkel path. You walk up to the junction Glatschalm where you have to go down the n.36B path to reach the Glatsch pasture. Hence the forest road 36 leads you to the starting point.

Val di Funes, South Tyrol
Photo by LUCA CALLEGARIN via Flickr

The constant of this route is the presence of the peaks of the Odle, that create at every step unforgettable landscapes. Also in the 8 hours of walking you immerse yourself in the idyllic forests and meadows, in the silence of nature.

Where to stay in Val di Funes

To visit this wonderful place, which is not only untouched nature (as if that were not enough!) but also flavors and legends, you can stay at the Schatzer Apartment, eco-friendly home in San Pietro village, on the edge of an idyllic oak forest. The apartments, flooded with natural light, are furnished with solid pine wood furniture and larch floors. In addition, the landlord Peter Schatzer (ski instructor, tour guide, photographer and painter), on request will accompany you in unforgettable excursions.


Cover photo by Franco Vannini via Flickr

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