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Flora and Fauna

Flora and Fauna in Venosta Valley

Venosta Valley is the largest Alpine dry valley, with the lowest annual rainfall in the Alps. Very unique flora and fauna can therefore be found on the barren so-called "sun mountain", stretching over 60km from Parcines/Partschins near Merano/Meran to Malles/Mals. Here visitors will find veritable steppe vegetation, with gall oaks and holm oaks, rose hips and buckthorn bushes.

The temperature difference between and day and night are extreme, at the zenith the soil temperatures can reach over 50°C. The arid grassland vegetation is home to many insects, scorpions, bird species and reptiles, including the (for Europe quite exotic) green lizard, or the aesculapian snake, the symbol of pharmacists.

The extensive Stelvio National Park is home to a substantial population of Alpine stone muflons, chamois and red deer, as well as eagles, raptors and marmots. Occasionally one can also encounter a lynx or one of the resettled brown bears.
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Snowshoe hikers will find a vast network of well-marked hiking routes, mountain trails and secluded tracks in Val Venosta, many of which offer a spectacular view of the mountain range
 
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Stelvio National Park is one of the largest nature reserves in Europe. 40% of the park lies in South Tyrol.
 
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The Venosta Valley also offers many mountain tours and high-Alpine destinations for experienced mountain climbers. South Tyrolean's highest mountain peaks can be found in the Ortles-Cevedale Group.
 
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Today, there are 83 pastures in the Venosta Valley with a total area of 37,000 hectares and located an altitude of more than 2000m, which are still farmed.
Welcome to the Venosta Valley cultural region
Hike along ancient irrigation channels, partake of winter sports on glacial areas beneath impressive Alpine peaks or ride your bike along the Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta. Relax in small villages and peaceful valleys with amiable hosts. Discover numerous cultural sites and the unique culinary delights of Venosta Valley.