This hike leads us from Grissiano to the churches of St. Jacob (San Giacomo) and St. Apollonia.
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Our hike starts in Grissiano (Grissian) above Prissiano at 900 m a.s.l. We reach this mountain hamlet via Nalles, branching off on the left along the road towards Prissiano right before the village centre. From the parking space we follow the path no. 8 towards San Giacomo (St. James), the first section coincides with the Grissiano Contemplation Trail made up of seven beautifully designed stations corresponding to the seven sacraments. After a 25-minute walk we reach our first destination, the small church dedicated to Saint James. Inside it houses beautiful frescoes featuring the presumably oldest depiction of the Dolomites.
After a break we continue our walk towards Sirmiano di Sopra (Obersirmian) through the mixed forest and the landscape shining in bright autumn colours. After about an hour we cross the street and enter the forest leading up to the St. Apollonia Church. The hilltop offers an amazing view on the surroundings, the Valle dell'Adige valley with Merano and Bolzano and the Sciliar and Catinaccio massifs in the background. In ancient times one of the main connection roads was running directly through this area. Nowadays the roads can be found in the dry valley basin and the hills and mountains are better suited for beautiful walks and tours in spring, summer and autumn alike. Some rest points can be found in Grissiano and Sirmiano di Sopra.
If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!
Starting point: Grissiano (or Sirmiano di Sopra)
Route: Grissiano - Grissiano Contemplation Trail - St. James Church - Sirmiano di Sopra - St. Apollonia Church
Signpost: no. 8 (towards San Giacomo, St. Apollonia)
Trail length: approx. 4.5 km (each direction)
Walking time: about 1.5 hours (each direction)
Suitable for families? Yes, only the last section up to the St. Apollonia Church is too steep and not suitable for prams.
Experienced at the: end of October 2009