A popular hiking destination above the Monticolo Lakes in Appiano.
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The so-called “Wilde Mann Bühel” (643 m), also called “Cal dell’Omo” is a mystical place in the Bassa Atesina, which can be reached from Appiano or the Monticolo Lakes. It is located above the little Monticolo Lake and is well-signposted. From the Wilder Mann mountain you can enjoy a great view on the forest of Monticolo and the Bassa Atesiana.
To clarify, this site is a pre-historic cult site, the former residence of an eremite or a “wild man”, which literally translated means “Wilder Mann”. The original purpose of this area is, however, still obscure. However, this is a legendary place, many stories and legends rank about it. Findings of the late Bronze and middle Iron age as well as parts of burnt bones underline the various theories regaring the purpose of this site.
In the 19th century the eremit Peter Weth settled down in this place. Before he was a gold digger in North America and used to live with Indians. After his return he retreated in the forest of Monticolo. On a stone, there is still the inscription “P.W.born 1824″. However, the Wilder Mann Bühel is a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers.