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Dolomites – Chestnut and Wine Route

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Homepage > Italy > Dolomites – Chestnut and Wine Route
  • Duration: 5 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Every Saturday and Wednesday 13th April to 6th October (not between 4/8 and 25/8)
  • Location: Brixen/Bressanone
Tour Details

Our chestnut walk has to be one of the hidden gems of our walking tours in Italy. The chestnut and wine trail takes you from the Italian Dolomites to the South Tyrol region over 5 nights. This hiking vacation in Italy has been graded level 3 and is on a self-guided basis.

South of the Alps and in the shadow of the Dolomites you can hike through some of the prettiest parts of South Tyrol, the main part of the tour is between the cultural capital of Tyrol, Bressanone, and the provincial capital of Bolzano, linking the Southern Tyrolean and Northern Italian cultures.

The first part of the walk goes down the Chestnut Path (“Keschtnweg”) before presenting you a vista of the beautiful plateau south of the Dolomites above Bolzano. Vineyards and orchards line the way on the hike through one of the most beautiful areas located in the centre of the South Tyrolean wine region.

Lake Kaltern, the most famous lake in South Tyrol, is a further highlight on this route. Castles, palaces and manor houses emboss the landscape of the South Tyrolean Wine Route where numerous wineries avail a tasting of superb wines. The excellent cuisine and the amazing panorama ensure this hike is an unforgettable experience.

Join us on the chestnut walk in Italy and be blown away by the beauty of the Italian countryside!

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Price Includes

  • 5 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3/4 star guest houses or hotels
  • Information Pack
  • Luggage transfers
  • Maps and walking instructions
  • Navigation by Smart Phone App

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Entrance to Attractions
  • Dinners
  • Travel Insurance
  • Season Supplements
  • City Tax
Trip Info

Characteristics of the route

Well-marked paths are mainly signposted around the meadows and throughout the forests. The Dolomites are always in view and the paths offer no element of danger. You can use public transport on some of the routes to shorten the journey.


3 or 4 star guest houses or hotels.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival in Brixen/Bressanone

Arrive at the hotel in Bressanone.

Day 2Brixen/Bressanone – Klausen/Chiusa, approx. 580/620 m in altitude up/down / approx. 5 hours.

From Bressanone, you hike up to the Pfeffersberg. You pass small hamlets and mountain farms on our way along the plateau. To the south, you have a wonderful view of the Dolomite summits. You reach Velturno and carry on to the Cloister Saben, the Acropolis of South Tyrol, before arriving in the small town of Chiusa.

Day 3Klausen/Chiusa – Ritten/Ronen – Bozen/Bolzano, approx. 670/280 m in altitude up/down / approx. 5-6 hours.

After a short transfer by bus to Barbiano, you reach the Renon, a wonderful plateau above the Eisacktal with an impressive view of the Dolomites and the Schlern. After passing the Earth Pyramids, you can enjoy an afternoon trip in the Renon’s cable car which brings you from Soprabolzano back down to Bolzano. In the evening you can discover this European city, a place where the Italian and South Tyrolean cultures are closely entwined. (Possibility of shortening the route)

Day 4Bozen/Bolzano – Kalterer See Loop approx. 340/360 m in altitude up/down / approx. 4-5 hours.

The sunny south of South Tyrol is awaiting you! Today you will discover the area around South Tyrols most famous lake, Kalterer See, a renowned wine-growing region. But here, it is not only the vineyards that impress but also the numerous castles, manor houses, churches and farms. A must for every wine lover is a visit to the South Tyrolean wine museum in Caldaro, which gives an insight into the history of South Tyrolean’s wine. Return to Bolzano by public bus.

Day 5Bozen/Bolzano – Lana – Meran/Merano, approx. 220/240 m in altitude up/down / approx. 6-7 hours/approx.

After breakfast, you take a train to Lana. Shortly after Lana, the hiking route continues along the famous Marlinger Waals – the longest irrigation ditch in South Tyrol. These irrigation ditches known as Waale were constructed hundreds of years ago to supply dry corridors with water. Today these ditches make wonderful paths used for hiking and walking. The route continues below Tyrol Castle along the famous, Tappeiner Weg towards Merano. The Empress Sissi knew how to appreciate the mild climate. Inviting centuries-old Arbours and superb parks adds to the completion of a perfect day

Day 6Departure

Depart after breakfast.


How to get there

By plane:
Nearest airports are Innsbruck airport (approx. 83 km), Verona Villafranca airport (approx. 191 km), Treviso airport (approx. 228 km), Venice Marco Polo airport (approx. 313 km).

By car:
On the Brenner/Brennero motorway (A22) to Brixen/Bressanone or over the Felbertauernstraße to Lienz in Eastern Tyrol (Austria) and then on further through the valley Pustertal/Val Pusteria on the SS49 to Brixen/Bressanone.

By train:
Take a train from Innsbruck to Brixen/Bressanone. Arriving from the south over Verona and Bozen/Bolzano to Brixen/Bressanone. Arriving from east over Lienz to Brixen/Bressanone.

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