Where the Lower Venosta Valley with its Alpine-Mediterranean character meets the rugged Upper Venosta Valley there is Laces/Latsch, a lively cultural and fruit-farming centre boasting numerous examples of old architecture
. Here, located along the Via Claudia Augusta are traces of constructions dating back to Roman times, Romanesque chapels, churches
, fortresses and jewellery, centuries-old farms, refurbished old manor houses and works of contemporary art.
The spectacular Alpine entrance to Val Martello conjures up a completely different world. Once a significant mining area Val Martello is now a very popular winter sports venue with numerous natural wonders, as well as hotels of architectural interest.