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Discover rustic side valleys with ‘Red Rooster’ farms
South Tyrol’s small, little-known valleys give guests the chance to get to know the area from its original side. Their distance from large towns and cities mean that old customs and traditions are cherished here more than anywhere else. Some farms are located right at the end of quiet valleys.
Guests can accompany the farmer on a walk to the farm pasture or watch milking sessions and milk being made into delicious cheese. Trying the farm’s own products such as freshly baked bread, home-smoked ‘speck’ and home-made jams and juices will be a real treat for the tastebuds. Guests can enjoy genuine farm life at their own pace and explore the surrounding unspoilt countryside.
Little-known South Tyrol: from back of beyond to rural idyll
The best thing about South Tyrol’s side valleys is the fact that you can get away from city life, with all its noise and traffic hurtling through. Being natural ‘dead-ends’, places like Pfunderer Valley to the north, Gsieser Valley with its views of the Dolomites or the valleys of Schnalstal, Matsch and Langtaufers in Vinschgau have kept their original nature and guarantee guests absolute peace and quiet amidst spectacular landscape. Another of these valleys is Sarntal Valley above Bozen, which is famous for its fragrant dwarf pines, or Tauferer Ahrntal Valley , which is on the sunny side of the Zillertaler Alps and surrounded by more than 80 3,000-metre-high peaks. And we have the 2,000-year-old ancient larches in Ultental Valley near Meran, which are not only the oldest fir trees in Europe, but have now achieved a mighty girth of nearly 8 metres. More and more car-free zones, such as may be found in the village of Pfleders in Passeiertal valley, mean that these natural wonders are preserved.