Pastures and Refuges in Venosta Valley
Alpine Cultural Landscape in Venosta Valley
The dry Alpine landscapes of Venosta Valley are characterized by high mountains and high altitude pastures. 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. The pastures are wide and offer a spectacular view of the mountains and are thus ideal for relaxation and recreation during the summer.
The refuges in the high mountains of the Alps played an important role in older days because people avoided travelling through the swampy valleys. The huts offered shelter against darkness and bad weather. Today, many of South Tyrol's Alpine refuges are managed and offer refreshments on their sun terraces. The food in the huts has become lighter and more genuine over the last 10 years, and original Venosta Valley recipes
have been rediscovered, enriching the menus. Many pastures produce high-quality milk products, such as the internationally renowned "Vinschger Almkaese" cheese variety.