The Vilpiano-Meltina Cable Car takes us up on the beautiful Salto High Plateau.
Image gallery: Circular walk from Salonetto to St. Ulrich
The Salto High Plateau between the villages of Meltina and Verano is a popular excursion destination from high summer until late autumn. You can either reach this beautiful hiking area between 1,000 m and 1,350 m a.s.l. by cable car starting in Vilpiano and leading up to Salonetto (Schlaneid) near Meltina (Mölten) or by car on the mountain road from Terlano - this route is also operated by public bus. We choose the Vilpiano Cable Car and enjoy the panoramic view from the mountain station on the Valle dell’Adige valley and the Oltradige area.
Salonetto is a lovely and sunny hamlet belonging to the municipality of Meltina. At the St. Valentine Church we follow the signpost “U” across the meadows and through a coniferous forest up to St. Ulrich at 1,350 m a.s.l. The ensemble is made up of a tavern, the farmstead and a little church - an idyllic place to enjoy the mild sunbeams of late autumn.
We continue our hike on the main road and after a bend we turn off on the left following the path no. 13 through the forest towards Verano. At the Bacherhof farm there’s a junction: the trail on the right (no. 13) proceeds to the neighbouring village of Verano (additional 30 minutes each direction), the path on the left (no. 13A or “V”) leads straight down to Salonetto. We follow the latter and turn back to the mountain station of the cable car.
Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!
Starting point: mountain station of the Vilpiano-Meltina Cable Car (near the hamlet of Salonetto)
Route: cable car - Salonetto - St. Ulrich - Bacherhof farm - Salonetto - cable car
Signposts: no. 15, “U”, 13, 13A (”V”)
Distance: approx. 9 km (with side trip to Verano approx. 12.5 km)
Walking time: about 3 hours
Altitude difference: 470 m
Altitude level: between 1,020 and 1,350 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: November 2009
Suitable for families? yes, but only some sections are suitable for prams
Further information: Meltina tourist board, phone: +39 0471 668282