The Stelvio National Park
Founded in 1935, it is the largest national park in Italy, and still the largest in the Alps. Deer, roe deer, chamois and Alpine ibex are the pride of the park, but you can also spot stoats, foxes, squirrels, marmots and hares. The park is the ideal habitat for many bird species, such as the majestic golden eagle, the woodpecker, the eagle-owl, and the partridge. A reintroduction project also led the majestic bearded vulture to return to the skies of the park.
The Rabbi Springs
Maria Teresa of Austria defined the mineral water of Rabbi as a “natural elixir”: a water full of mineral salts, slightly sour, ferruginous, sodic, with a high concentration of carbon dioxide.
The water that flows from the Springs is naturally rich in elements like iron, calcium, magnesium and bicarbonate. The result is a sparkling flavour which, since ancient times, has given health and well-being to those who drink it regularly. It cures arthrosis and rheumatism, vascular diseases and cellulite, guaranteeing benefits even for the breathing and gastrointestinal systems.
Valorz Waterfalls – Kneipp Route
These can be accessed via a walk through a part of the woods, and offer a small shelter at the bottom. Along the route, it is possible to admire wood and woven branch statues depicting animals of the park, made by local artists. In summer, on the return route, it is possible to take a walk in the Kneipp stepping bath.
In winter, when the waterfalls freeze, they become a natural amphitheatre with several ice climbing routes.
The Saent waterfalls are certainly one of the “jewels” of Val di Rabbi. They can be reached on foot without particular difficulty via a small 30-minute hike from Malga Stablasolo. They offer a picturesque view of this corner of the Stelvio National Park, and allow you to admire the strength of nature, manifested thanks to the foaming waters of the Rabbies stream, as they fall down breath-taking drops.
The Tibetan bridge, suspended in mid-air over the waterfalls of Rio Ragaiolo, offers an original and unforgettable view of the valley and of the river running under your feet. The Tibetan bridge offers a truly adrenaline-inducing experience. It is about 100 metres long and can be crossed in all seasons (on foot or with snowshoes). An experience suitable for everyone, even with children, as long as you can handle the “vertigo”.
Recently refurbished, on the outside it has two wheels moved by the water, while inside it offers visitors the milling room, courtyard, cellar, apartment with furnishings, stube, bedroom, kitchen and entrance. It is one of the rare examples of water-operated mills in northern Italy. The mill, after restoration work, has taken on the appearance and function of a museum. It is therefore divided into a starting area and a guided route specifically designed and marked out.
Rifugio Dorigoni is located in Val Saent, one of the most beautiful and pristine valleys in the Stelvio National Park and the entire Ortles-Cevedale Group. It is located at an altitude of 2436 m atop a rocky outcrop, in an open and sunny position.
The Saent Waterfalls, the Prà di Saent pasture with its dairy hut and marmots that are easily approached, the Monumental Larch Trail, the Sternai Lakes nature trail and the world of high altitudes with extensive glaciers like the Careser Glacier, and panoramic peaks like Cima Rossa and Cima Sternai, are just a few of the exclusive characteristics of one of the most beautiful valleys in the Alps.
Educational Farm – Agritur Ruatti
“Green Flag” award for its commitment to enhancement of the territory and respect for traditions and for the surrounding environment, in addition to local flavours, Agritur Ruatti also works as an educational farm, including workshops on animals, flour, sowing seeds and milk and meat processing.