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Round tour Monte Mendola - Passo Palade - Nalles

On the legendary route around Mount Mendola we conquer two mountain passes.

A demanding day tour leads from the Passo Mendola into the Val di Non valley and via the Passo Palade back to the South Tyrolean Wine Route. We start in Nalles and cycle via Andriano and Riva di Sotto to San Paolo and further on to San Michele/Appiano. The heat of this summer day and the sun-exposed trail make us choose another way to reach the Passo Mendola: the Mendola Funicular starting from San Antonio above Caldaro offers also bike transport. At the 1,370 m high mountain pass we continue our tour.

The first downhill section leads us into the Val di Non valley in the Trentino. Past the village of Ruffré we reach Ronzone where we turn to the right towards Malosco and branch off soon afterwards towards Fondo. This lovely main village of the Alta Val di Non valley offers several rest points for a lunch break. Then the demanding section lies in front of us - the uphill ride from 980 m asl to the 1,520 m high Passo Palade. The gradient is moderate but it makes us sweat. Some kilometres before reaching the pass we cross the border between the Trentino (Val di Non) and South Tyrol (Alta Val di Non, municipality of San Felice).

The mountain pass itself is not spectacular, but the downhill ride afterwards is a real highlight with amazing views on South Tyrol, the Dolomites, the town of Bolzano and the Valle dell’Adige valley stretching up to Merano. Also the pass road represents a beautiful trail with many bends and old stone bridges. We cycle through a landscape characterised by forests, meadows and small hamlets to reach Narano (Naraun), a small village belonging to the municipality of Tesimo. At this point we leave the Passo Palade road which continues to Merano and branch off towards Tesimo-Prissiano. Past both villages we turn back to Nalles, the starting point of this round tour.

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this cycle tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Nalles, Piazza Municipio square (in front of the townhall)
Alternative starting points: Andriano, Appiano, Caldaro
Cycling time: about 4.5 hours
Distance: approx. 62 km
Altitude difference: 1,012 m (uphill), 1,820 m (downhill)
Altitude level: between 260 and 1,520 m asl
Experienced in: July 2009

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