Appiano, the largest wine-growing area all over South Tyrol, is characterised by castles and grapevines.

Appiano with its surroundings is known as the “region of castles” and comprises the villages of San Michele, San Paolo, Cornaiano, Riva di Sotto, Frangarto, Missiano, Predonico and Gaido. The municipality of Appiano (200 - 1,800 m asl) counts some 14,000 inhabitants and features the ideal soils for vines and grapes - wine lovers will be delighted.

Vine-growing is the main source of income for farmers in Appiano, a fact that is also reflected by the landscape that is mainly characterised by vineyards and some fruit orchards. Appiano stretches at the slopes of the Mendola mountain ridge, partially on moraine hills of the last Ice Age. Archaeologic findings of the Bronze Age and the Middle Ages testify an early settlement of this area. It is presumed that the name of the village derives from a Roman squire named Appius. S. Paolo is one of his places of residence.

The numerous castles, mansions and residences in the municipality characterise the landscape and the single villages and attract attention. Many castles can be experienced in the frame of a walk and some can even be visited. Others are often venue for concerts and theatre performances. Another attraction are the Monticolo lakes and the protected forest of Monticolo, considered to be recreation centres for the inhabitants of Bolzano. For hikers, there are interesting paths and destinations, such as Castel Firmiano, and the three major castles of Appiano. You are going to read more in the following articles.

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  1. S. Michele

    S. Michele

    San Michele is the main locality of Appiano and is located in central position at…
  2. S. Paolo

    S. Paolo

    San Paolo is one of the most beautiful villages of Appiano characterised by its…
  3. Cornaiano


    Cornaiano benefits from its sun-spoilt location on a plateau at an altitude of 435 m asl.
  4. Monticolo


    Monticolo, this is how the little village at the lakeside of the homonymous lake is…
  5. Riva di Sotto

    Riva di Sotto

    Riva di Sotto is located at the border to Andriano and at the north-west border of…
  6. Frangarto


    Frangarto extends at the foot of Castel Firmiano, which hosts the Messner Mountain Museum.
  7. Missiano


    Missiano is a particularly idyllic village located between San Paolo and Riva di Sotto.
  8. Predonico


    Predonico is one of the mountain villages of Appiano and is located on the road to Gaido.
  9. Gaido


    Those who are seeking solitude in nature should choose Gaido as destination for…

Suggested accommodations: Appiano show all

  1. Hotel Weinegg

    Hotel Weinegg

  2. Hotel Girlaner Hof

    Hotel Girlaner Hof

  3. Schloss Hotel Korb

    Schloss Hotel Korb

  4. Gartenhotel Moser

    Gartenhotel Moser

  5. Hotel Angerburg

    Hotel Angerburg

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