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Sun, trails and dolce vita – mountain biking in Italy’s Naturno

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Sun, trails and dolce vita – mountain biking in Italy’s Naturno

Mountain Biking Collection by Tourismusgenossenschaft Naturns

10

Tours

30:37 h

182 mi

32,325 ft

The Vinschgau Valley is more popular with mountain bikers than almost any other region in Italy for many reasons. Situated between the Ortler group and the main ridge, majestic peaks rise to the north and south of the valley and you can bike all the way up these spectacular mountains. The region’s inner-alpine island location also means that the climate is mild and sunny – perfect for biking. Combined with the South Tyrolean way of life which focuses on enjoyment and excellent cuisine, you’ve got a perfect package for mountain biking, regardless whether you are a tourer, enduro rider or e-biker.

The market town of Naturno is located in the east of the Vinschgau Valley and is an ideal base camp for your biking holidays in the region. On the shaded side of the valley on the Nörderberg, you find numerous Tour possibilities of all difficult levels. In this Collection, we present 10 Tours that range from easy rides along forest roads to challenging single trail adventures. The Merano Bike Highline runs high above the valley, connecting numerous alpine pastures, so you can combine many of the routes presented here.

If you like natural singletrack, you’ll definitely enjoy Naturno. Many of the routes that wind their way from the Bike Highline into the valley are actually hiking trails, but you’re permitted to use them as a rider too. Make sure you are considerate of other trail users so this can continue to work so well.

Back in the valley, there are various first-class accommodation options that specialise in hosting riders. Whether you enjoy a dip in the pool, a regenerative yoga session or relaxing under palm trees and apple trees – the possibilities are as varied as the region itself. There are numerous activities that will make your mountain biking holiday truly special: a trip with the cable car up the Sonnenberg or a wine tasting are just two of them.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    03:13
    15.0 mi
    4.7 mph
    4,150 ft
    4,150 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour takes you to just below the Mausloch Alm and has it all with 1,250 meters of altitude and a challenging descent on the Ötzi Trail, which is classified as S3 in places. If you want to do less altitude, you can also take the connecting piece to Platzgummhof after around 700 meters and thus shorten

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  • Difficult
    03:38
    23.8 mi
    6.5 mph
    3,725 ft
    3,750 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The tour to Kastelbell and on to the Nörderberg is perfect for you if you like long climbs and prefer to go downhill on simple paths and roads. With 38 kilometers and an altitude of 1,140 meters, it is an ideal fitness test and also offers you a great stop at the Marzoner Alm.

    

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  • Difficult
    06:30
    36.2 mi
    5.6 mph
    6,500 ft
    6,500 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    With 60 kilometers and more than 2,000 meters of altitude, this tour is one of the greatest challenges for fit mountain bikers on the Nörderberg. In addition to a long uphill, you can enjoy skiing the entire Bike Highline Merano. Numerous alpine pastures await you here, where you can replenish your calories

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  • Difficult
    01:48
    10.0 mi
    5.6 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,600 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This wonderful tour takes you to the sunny side of the valley, where a very special Mediterranean climate awaits you. The tour runs mostly on asphalt and with 16 kilometers and almost 800 meters of altitude is perfect for a half-day excursion.

    

    After starting at the tourist office in Naturns, follow the

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  • Difficult
    02:03
    12.0 mi
    5.9 mph
    1,450 ft
    3,700 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The tour to the Marzoner Alm followed by a descent on the Fontana Trail is a real icing on the cake for all trail lovers. With the help of the bike shuttle to the hamlet of Freiberg, the uphill meters can be reduced to 430 meters, while downhill there are 1,100 meters in altitude.

    

    From the hamlet of Freiberg

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  • Intermediate
    01:06
    8.17 mi
    7.4 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The short tour up to Juval Castle is ideal if you don't want to spend the whole day on the bike. From the castle you not only have a wonderful panorama, but you can also pay a visit to Reinhold Messner's mountain museum, which is housed here.

    

    You start at the tourist office and follow the Etsch cycle

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  • Difficult
    01:53
    12.2 mi
    6.5 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Tomberg Tour is perfect for a quick lap in between, or when you are just getting your first mountain bike experience. The 16 kilometers and 560 vertical meters run on bike paths, side roads and forest paths. The starting point is at the tourist office in Naturns.

    

    You turn onto the Adige Cycle Path

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  • Difficult
    04:20
    26.6 mi
    6.1 mph
    4,300 ft
    4,300 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The tour to Schwarzen Lacke followed by downhill on the Stuanbruch Trail, classified as S3, is a great challenge with over 40 kilometers and a good 1,300 meters of altitude if you are looking for a demanding mountain bike tour. There is also the possibility of taking the cable car from Rabland - this

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  • Difficult
    01:51
    10.6 mi
    5.7 mph
    1,425 ft
    3,700 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Thanks to the bike shuttle, you can start this tour from higher up and enjoy the time on the cool trails on the Nörderberg even more. The shuttle runs several times a week. You can get more detailed information from the Naturns tourist office. The shuttle takes you and your bike from Naturno to the hamlet

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  • Difficult
    04:14
    27.7 mi
    6.5 mph
    5,075 ft
    5,075 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The tour up to the Naturnser Alm, with over 1,500 meters of altitude and 44 kilometers, is an absolute highlight for all uphill fans and is not popular with transalp bikers for nothing. The starting point is at the tourist office in Naturns.

    

    You cross the Etsch and follow Bahnhofstrasse past the sports

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    182 mi
  • Duration
    30:37 h
  • Elevation
    32,325 ft

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