As a diverse country of opposites, the Venosta Valley was an important valley used as a passageway at the Adige River as early as in Roman times, and it was permanently populated since prehistoric times. In the villages surrounding Prato allo Stelvio/Prad am Stilfserjoch, sights from all eras can be found: castles and town houses, churches and monasteries with frescoes and works of art from all eras.

Early Romanesque churches along the antique trade road Via Claudia Augusta at the foot of the alpine scenery of the National Park form a unique cultural landscape. The trail of these mountain churches follows that of the „Alpine Road of Romanesque Art“ and the project „Stairways to Heaven“ initiated in Switzerland.