The best cycling tours in South Tyrol for road bikers
Through Val Venosta/Vinschgau on two wheels
The cycling tours in South Tyrol are so diverse that you cannot possibly do all of them. So that you can experience the most beautiful cycling tours in Val Venosta/Vinschgau on your road bike holiday at Sporthotel Vetzan though we have put together some suggested cycling tours in South Tyrol for you here. Our road bike guides, the junior boss Matthias and Janosh, are happy to accompany you on guided tours and find the most stunning routes through the Val Venosta/Vinschgau mountains.
Apple trees and other scenic highlights
Vezzano/Vetzan – Silandro/Schlanders – Morter – Rablà/Rabland – Vezzano/Vetzan
The Val Venosta/Vinschgau bottom of the valley is ideal for long cycling tours through South Tyrol. From the Sporthotel Vetzan you cycle to nearby Silandro/Schlanders first then continue east via Morter and onwards via the villages Tarres/Tarsch and Tablà/Tabland, where challenging climbs await you, until you reach Rablà/Rabland. From there you then finally set off on the return journey on the Via Claudia Augusta cycle path where you pass numerous apple orchards that are particularly impressive in spring with their stunning pink and white blossom.
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Length: 56 km
Difference in altitude: 598 m
“Cima Coppi” circular tour
This circular tour is one of the most challenging cycling tours in South Tyrol. You can either start the tour right in front of the Sporthotel Vetzan or travel as far as Spondigna/Spondinig by the Venosta/Vinschgau line and then cycle up to Prato allo Stelvio/Prad am Stilfserjoch. From here the tour includes a route of roughly 25 km and a difference in altitude of 1,850 m.
You cycle through Prato/Prad village and continue towards Passo dello Stelvio/Stilfserjoch. With a climb between 9% and 11% you will soon find your rhythm and finally reach the pass altitude from where you cycle down towards Switzerland, please remember to take your passport with you!
First of all it’s pretty bumpy over the Umbrailpass towards Santa Maria and Müstair, as the route from the Umbrailpass into the valley is not tarmacked. You then finally return to Italy again through the Val Monastero/Münstertal. You can get to Tubre/Taufers via the main road and to just before Medieval Glorenza/Glurns, where you then turn right again to Prato allo Stelvio/Prad am Stilfserjoch.
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Length: 64 km from Prato allo Stelvio/Prad am Stilfserjoch, approx. 90 km from the hotel
Difference in altitude: 1,840 m from Prato allo Stelvio/Prad am Stilfserjoch, 2,320 m from the hotel
Grand cycle tour through Val Venosta/Vinschgau and South Tyrol’s south
Vezzano/Vetzan – Lagundo/Algund – wine route – Firmiano/Sigmundskron – Caldaro/Kaltern – Ora/Auer – Bolzano/Bozen – Marlengo/Marling – Lagundo/Algund – Laces/Latsch – Vezzano/Vetzan
From the Sporthotel Vetzan this long tour leads along the Via Claudia Augusta cycle path to Lagundo/Algund, where you turn off towards the Forst brewery and cycle via Marlengo/Marling with a great view over Merano and Environs, to Lana. The route now runs along the wine route taking you to Firmiano/Sigmundskron and to Lago di Caldaro/Kalterer See via Appiano/Eppan. This is the perfect spot for taking a little break on the lake shore and enjoying the view over the sparkling lake.
You then continue to as far as Ora/Auer. From here you then travel on the Via Claudia Augusta again and reach Bolzano/Bozen and then Merano/Meran. There’s 250 metres difference in altitude ahead of you between Merano/Meran and Tel/Töll and then you leisurely cycle the last 27 km back to Vezzano/Vetzan.
Duration: 4 hours 45 minutes
Length: 130 km
Difference in altitude: 568 m
“Giro d’Italia” feeling in Val Martello/Martelltal
Vezzano/Vetzan – Coldrano/Goldrain – Val Martello/Martelltal – Coldrano/Goldrain – Vezzano/Vetzan
From the Sporthotel Vetzan you cycle to Coldrano/Goldrain, on the rural road to Ganda/Gand in Val Martello/Martelltal and then as far as the reservoir, which is the perfect backdrop for a trip into the rear of the Val Martello/Martelltal. At Gasthaus Schönblick you can top up your energy levels before setting off on the return trip (same route back). This route was the crowning stage of the Giro d’Italia in 2014, download the free Val Martello/Martelltal Giro Challenge app and compete against the Giro d’Italia’s professional cyclists!
Duration: 3 hours
Length: 51 km
Difference in altitude: 1,590 m