The time to enjoy fall foliage in Italy is here. The air is getting crisper and leaves are turning warm rusty-brown, red and yellow. One of the best places for leaf peeping walks is the Chestnut Trail (Sentiero del Castagno) of the Isarco Valley in South Tyrol.The well-marked trail goes through chestnut groves with the most spectacular stretch running from the abbey of Novacella to Runkelstein castle near Bolzano. For centuries chestnuts in this area has been a staple food and the locals affectionately call chestnut trees “Brotbaum”, which means “bread tree”. In the coming weeks “frasche”, the old style taverns, along the walking trails will be serving roasted chestnuts, speck (smoked ham), Kaminwurzen (smoked suasages). It is the time of Törggelen feasts with many gastronomic events taking place when local winegrowers open their cellars and offer visitors to taste their new wine and traditional hearty dishes.Practical information:
The Chestnut Trail runs for 60km but you can break it into shorter sections (four in total). For more details click here. You can also order a free hiking map of the trail by email to info (at) eisacktal.com. Write “Order Keschtnweg Kompass Hiking Map” in the subject field.
I have written about other locations for fall foliage adventures in Italy two years ago and it still is one of the most popular articles on my blog.
Photos via Eisacktal/ValleIsarco