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castelfeder mauerreste byzantinische burg

Spring hike to the Castelvetere hill

Between Villa and Ora our ascent up to the magic hill of Castelvetere (Castelfeder, in German) starts.

It’s March and already at that time of the year, the sun is strong enough to heat up the porphyry rocks. Castelvetere is an ideal walking destination also in months like March, April or November because here the sun really can be enjoyed. Where the Val d’Adige Cycle Route runs for a section parallel to the Brennero Road, the path up to the hill of Castelvetere branches at the opposite side of the street. After a short section along an asphalt road, the route proceeds along a stony forest path on the right. The information panels inform us, that we hike in the nature reserve "Biotop Castelfeder". The delicate verdure of the broadleaf forest are in contrast to the strong colours of the first spring flowers.

Slowly the path ascends and we reach a flatter landscape with still bald woods and dry meadows. A junction follows, the signpost tells us that we have to walk 10 more minutes until the Roman castle ruins. Arrived at the top we enjoy a fantastic view on the South Tyrolean Bassa Atesina and the beautiful antique wall remains. On our way back we make a side trip towards north and Ora, and come back via the junction at the signpost to the parking space. By the way: there are several paths proceeding to Castelvetere, for example from Montagna or Pinzano.

Author: AT

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: parking space at the bike station between Ora and Villa/Egna
Route: Ora - biotope - Castelvetere ruin - Ora
Walking time: about 70 minutes (each direction)
Trail length: approx. 3.5 km (each direction)
Altitude difference: approx. 215 m
Suitable for families? Yes, the modest distance and the interesting castle ruins make this hike a real experience, also with recreation! The described path partly is not suitable for buggies. In this case it would be better to take the alternative route from Pinzano.
Experienced in: March 2010

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