The main town of the Upper Venosta Valley, Malles/Mals
, is located at 1000 meters above sea level in a sunny, open location at the foot of Malles Heath. The old town centre contains seven Romanesque churches and chapels, towers and villas. There are the enchanting satellite villages of Laudes/Laatsch, Clusio/Schleis and Burgusio/Burgeis
, with the Monte Maria Benedictine Abbey
, which is the abbey located at the highest altitude in all of Europe. At the bottom of Malles lies the mystical Tarces hill
. Also noteworthy are the enchanting mountain villages of Mazia/Matsch and Ultimo-Alsago, Planol/Planeil and Piavenna/Plawenn as well as Slingia/Schlinig and Prämajur, which belong to Malles. In earlier times, the 5,000-strong community once had seven steeples and five of them are still in existence.