Where the Lower Venosta Valley with its Alpine-Mediterranean character meets the rugged Upper Venosta Valley there is Laces
, a lively cultural and fruit-farming centre boasting numerous examples of old architecture
The Stelvio National Park
is the largest protected area in Italy and the second-largest nature reserve in size in the Alpine region. Besides Laces and Martello
, there are eight other municipal districts falling under the jurisdiction of the Stelvio National Park in South Tyrol, including Stelvio Prato, Silandro and Ultimo, spaced around the highest mountain in the region.
Numerous old castles
and fortresses testify to the diverse cultural history of the Venosta Valley region. Many fortresses were saved from destruction through their utilisation and restoration; others such as ruins and architectural leftovers from the past now serve as cultural artefacts or as prized excursion destinations.