Excursions and Swimming
In our area there is an excellent public transportation system:
Here the time table for Castelrotto and surroundings, Alpe di Siusi, Ortisei...
Shopping in the surrounding towns - in little less than one hour you can visit all South Tyrolian cities - in Bolzano the famous "Iceman" Museum awaits your visit www.iceman.it - Chiusa has a medievel town center that has been elected amongst the most prettiest 100 in Italy, Bressanone has its Duomo and the Seminary. It's a city with a particular atmosphere (Pope Bendedict used to enjoy its summer vaction there) and Vipiteno/Sterzing is the most northern town in South Tyrol, it has a typical Habsburg architecture.
In winter one of the most remarkable Skitours is the "Sellaronda", for experienced skiers.
For wine lovers there are lots of private wine producers along the Wine Road in the southern part of South Tyrol. You can visit their castles, Domaines and enjoy the highest density of castles in the central part of Europe.
One of the most famoust cloisters is Novacella, near Bressanone, where the Library and the Wine Cellar are very interesting to visit. Above Chiusa is the Cloister Säben, a Benedictine Abbey, a nice - though steep - walk up from the before mentioned town. Another castle to visit in Val Venosta is Castel Juval, nowaday home of the world famous mountain pioneer Reinhold Messner.
In Castelrotto you can visit the church steeple or make a nice tour through the village guided by a local with emphasis to the very well preserved mediaval architecture.
Wonderful open pool in Castlerotto (June trough Sept) with panoramic view to the Dolomites mountains. Ortisei has a nice well equipped indoor pool www.mardolomit.com and also Bressanone with even more water fun features www.acquarena.com
There is a swimming lake close by - the "Laghetto di Fiè" - can be reached with public trasport or with private car - direction Bolzano at about 10km. Its waters are always awarded for superb quality. You could eventually also reach it on walking trail No. 2
Other swimming lakes around South Tyrol are of course the Lago di Caldaro, the biggest lake in South Tyrol with surfing and rowing and pedal boats, as well as the two Lakes in Montiggl