Barbiano in Valle Isarco
Live on the mountain
Barbiano clings to the steep grassy slopes of Valle Isarco and looks down deep into the valley as far as Bolzano and to Plose in the North. From the other side mountain forests and summits greet you. Occasionally, one or? the other white peak of the Dolomites can be seen in the distance.
From the pretty village of Barbiano with its characteristically leaning church tower, starting between fields and pastures, numerous hiking paths lead into the forests. At first, damson trees and gnarled chestnuts line the paths, but soon you reach the alpine pastures.
Longer hikes lead to Corno del Renon with one of the most far reaching views in South Tyrol. Walk on the Sentiero delle Castagne to Bolzano or in the other direction. Mountain bikers can bike to their heart’s content on adventurous trails.
Visitors can also experience some of the history and the culture of Valle Isarco close by. The towns of Bressanone and pretty and historic Chiusa with its rambling streets are in easy reach.
Small, blue, sweet as honey
In the past damson cultivation was an important industry in Barbiano. The small blue fruit were transported beyond the Italian borders. The importance of damson growing decreased and today they are sold only locally.
In Barbiano you can enjoy the damsons at their tastiest: in strudels, in schnapps and in jam. The small trees with their many forked branches can be found in straight lines in damson gardens and along houses and farms. They give the village of Barbiano its distinctive flair.
Barbiano Plum Weeks from 31st August to 15th September!