This is something from my field of activities, tessitori means the fabric producers. I was very pleased to see this monument and am not sure if anywhere else exist such an monument.
Whole this area was known for its wool fabrics production, however, due to a costs most of the factories are closed now.
The monument to Rossi, who was the founder of the modern textile industry in this area. The trade mark of "Lanerossi" wool fabrics was wide world known as among the best on market. Unfortunatelly, the factory was closed many years ago.
The church of St. Antonio is situated on the beautiful square where the crossroad lead in the direction of Rovereto and further to Bolzano. Unfortunatelly the church was closed and we couldn't see its interiors.
The town of Schio is situated off the main road, in between the towns of Vicenza and Rovereto. We droped here only by chance on our way to Bolzano, but it worth visiting it. The local cathedral is just magificent.
Here is a map with suggested hiking trails in the Dolomite mountains. Each of the trails is several days long, some will take up to 15 days. All of them start in the north and will lead you south. Late July I will start my first hike; friends suggested I should start at Lago di Braies, and hike south along the high route 1, through the Pragser, Tofana, and Civetta mountain groups (see dark blue line, ending in Belluno; click on the map to enlarge). We will find accommodation along the trail in several mountain lodges (huts), so we don't have to carry neither a tent, nor a sleeping bag, nor do we have to bring our own food along...
Pfelders (German)/ Plan (Italian)
is a very small village in the Passeiertal / Val Passiria and it is worth staying in Pfelders for nice hicking in the mountains. It is souraunded by mountains like in a melting-pot - the street end here.
In Wintertime it is also great to go skiing - but be aware that it is very familiar! Population is 500 in high seasons about 1300. Stay at the Thomas Hof or the Edelweiss - two very old buildings with very familiar flair and friendly hosts.
My main pleasure in staying here, was the challenging I did with my bicycle going up and and down these high peeks...I had so much fun and satisfaction with these 'tiny' fights with myself...and some days I would had gone early in the morning to the reach the mountain top, were the hotel group would start the daily hiking...changed my clothes on two feet, and then start walking with them...well you can image how tired I was at the end of the day, after dinner...I fell asleep like a log...no nightlife in those days...but only the will inside to start another day with the fresh early morning air...while my friends were still fast asleep...and I couldn't wait to discover something new of these fabulous mountains...even though, after one intense day of hiking...on my way back to the hotel, with my bike...I was in quite a big trouble, I had nearly no energy left...and my friend that already arrived to the hotel, got so worried, that he came to search me with the car, for picking me and my bicycle up....but I said no thanks!...and I think I got a little mad of him...'cause, yes it was true I was coming back very slowly, but I didn't want to give up...I wanted to win my little battle!! so I sent my friend away screaming at him....my ego,was hurt!! aha! but I did win...;-))
..after a few years, my friend talking to some other guys, about our adventures, said about me: 'that yeah for sure he had his slow rhythm, but at the end he always made it'...he admired me for this, for never giving up...What a compliment he made, thanks! he made me very proud!
Ahhhh I wish I was like this in very life activity....but it seems I'm not!!! ohhhhh!!!
I don't remember there being anyplace to park here as it was more or less private property. I don't think many people take the time to get up here as there is the gondola which travels overhead to a higher destination... The pic has some grape vines overlooking the valley towards Rosengarten.
On the first day when we arrived in Bolzano we didn't have the rental car yet, so we decided to take the gondola up into the mountains above town. We did some hiking up there and visited the mountain village, S. Genesio/Jenesien. There was a small local train running up there which took us to that interesting little village but it was drizzly so I don't have any pics from that excursion. I do remember eating lunch there outside under one of those table umbrellas. The weather didn't get worse than a sprinkle, so we decided to hike back instead of taking the train. When we got back to where the gondola would take us back down, we found out we'd have to wait an hour or so. We spent that time at a nearby cafe. It was nice. The weather had improved a lot by the time we arrived back in Bolzano, so I decided to hike back up the way we had come down. I only hiked up a little bit (steep) to get a closer look at the vineyards and better views of the valley. I'm not sure what the building is in the pic, but there are vineyards all around it.
Explore the hillside vineyards around Bolzano and enjoy the valley views. Don't pick the grapes no matter how good they look! :-) These grapes are made into full-bodied red wine which is considered the best in South Tyrol; the Santa Maddalena.
It was getting close to sunset, so I walked back down this road surrounded by vineyards into Bolzano.
The view of the Sarntal, view direction Bolzano...
(from: http://www.sarnerweb.de/seiten/sarntal/sarntalbilder1.htm )