The Monzoccolo, a flat mountain ridge of the Sarentino Alps between Merano and Bolzano, is a popular hiking area.
The Monzoccolo ridge (Tschögglberg, in German) rises on the left side of the Adige river between Merano and Bolzano, high above villages such as Terlano on the Wine Road. On its top, there are the Salto, a stunning high plateau which is famous for its coloured larch meadows in autumn, and villages such as Avelengo, Verano, Meltina and San Genesio. The Monzoccolo is known to be the birthplace of the Haflinger horse breed.
The 1,941 m high Giogo di Verano saddle represents its highest point. The prevailing rock, however, is the quartz porphyry of Bolzano: The glaciers of the Ice Age formed this area and created space for large meadows, forests and pastures. The popular hiking area can comfortably be reached by cable car from Vilpiano (Meltina), Postal (Verano) and Bolzano (San Genesio).