Our eleventh adventure comes one year from the beginning of this column and takes us to Val Venosta, one of the places that for a year we had only imagined and seen from the screens of our computers and smartphones.
But first, music.
We leave a Friday evening, among the busy streets of those who dream about a weekend retreat.
At our arrival, after 4 hours by car, it’s already pitch dark and we don’t know what landscape we lost out of the window.
In the morning, we are flooded with light from the window. The blue and cold sky of winter and the snow-covered mountains seem to want to enter the room and snatch us from the duvet.
We have breakfast and we leave.
The first day is the for the mountain. We take the chairlift from Burgusio and we arrive in a few minutes on the Watles mountain, an ideal starting point for countless hikes along well-marked paths. We arrive at the top, they’re all with the ski, so we decide to return to the valley by luge, stopping to take with our Lumix the breathtaking glimpses on the entire valley of the Alto Val Venosta and on the crowns of mountains that surround it.
The second day we decide to do all the things calmly. The first stop is the small medieval village of Glorenza, a town so small that as the saying goes: “we have to go to church outside the walls“. The picturesque village is surrounded by mighty walls that seem to protect the evocative atmosphere, the silence and the sixteenth-century architectural style of the buildings.
Right after we run towards Curon Venosta. The sun comes and goes. Here lies the Resia lake, an artificial lake for which the ancient village of Curon, rebuilt more upstream, was moved. Only the bell tower of the old church continues to emerge from the waters and it has become one of the main attractions of the village. We see it coming out of the frozen lake, immersed in an alienating atmosphere.
We stop for lunch in a small place in the snow on the other side of the lake, in San Valentino alla Muta. A final walk before coming back home leads into the snow, trying to capture as much detail as possible with our cameras.
Then it’s already dark and we let the road run under the wheels towards our home.
WHAT TO SEE
Curon Venosta e Lago di Resia
Prato allo Stelvio
WHERE TO EAT