Ride the innovative cable car from Bolzano to this lofty town with country trails leading to churches, museums and other rustic charms.
Soprabolzano is a quaint and fashionable town in the mountains hovering over Bolzano. Follow its picturesque hiking paths leading to undulating fields, farms and lakes. Enjoy the stunning views of glaciers and mountains in this scenic Alpine region.
Visit the Church of San Giorgio e San Giacomo that dates back to the early 13th century. In the apse, inspect its acclaimed frescoes from the late 14th century. Capture photos of the brown spherical spire that crowns the white tower rising from the church. It has a sleek, modern design and stands on a sloping field with a scenic backdrop of mountains.
The Soprabolzano community band has been performing for nearly 100 years. See them in colorful Tyrolean costumes as they play polkas, waltzes and marches at frequent community festivals.
Follow one of the hiking paths of varying difficulty that wind through the countryside. Hike through Alpine forests and enjoy a picnic amid the breathtaking scenery.
Head southeast to find the Costalovara Lake, decorated by trees and quaint hotels. Beside the lake is the Museo della Apicoltura Plattner, a historic farm spanning 500 years that pays tribute to the history of beekeeping. Purchase homemade honey and other bee-related products.
Soprabolzano is famous for its red earth pyramids, tall clay columns topped by boulders. Look for these otherworldly natural structures about 2 miles (3 kilometers) south of the town.
Note that the town is at an elevation of about 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) above sea level. Its hotels are particularly traditional, since it is among the oldest vacation resorts on the plateau.
Ride the long cable car to reach Soprabolzano from its neighboring city of Bolzano, which is 12 miles (20 kilometers) away and has a domestic airport. Enjoy the stunning view on this comfortable and practical ride. A historical railway runs between Soprabolzano and the nearby village of Collalbo. The town is near Renon in the Alto Adige part of the Dolomites in northern Italy.