Do you know Val di Funes, an unspoiled corner of the North Italy? Located in the north of Bolzano, this small valley is surrounded by the magnificent Natural Park of Puez-Odle and ranked among the most beautiful places in the Dolomites. Once you come here, you will be attracted picturesque views of endless lush mountain meadows, dense forests, nice churches with the wonderful background, massive stone towers of the great massif Odle Group. So, If you love nature and trekking, Val di Funes is an ideal place to spend your holiday.
Which trekking route to follow? There are a lot of trails for discovering Val di Funes; you can find more information about hiking trail in this page. If you have only one day, and you want to explore the most characteristic and beautiful views of Val di Funes as much as possible, I will suggest you some trails that I took in last summer. For the first trail, you can take the bus to Bus-stop Colle (Funes) Vikoler Bild and follow this route: Bus-stop Colle (Funes) Vikoler Bild – Panoramaweg path – Magdalenaweg path – St. Maddalena church – San Giovanni church. This trail is quite short and easy, only 5km and you can finish in 1.30 – 2 hours.
However, the bus that go to Bus-stop Colle (Funes) Vikoler Bild only runs in summer, so if you come here in autumn or winter you can take the bus to Bus-stop S. Pietro (Funes), Bruggmüll. After arrived Bruggmüll, you can follow Vollergnadenweg and then Sunnseitenweg to reach Panaramaweg. Autumn in Val di Funes is also very beautiful 😀
After the first trail, you can take another route with a starting point at San Giovanni church. With 12km of length and 700m of height difference, this trail is longer and more difficult than the first one. It takes you about 4-5 hours to finish. If you don’t have enough time, just take the first trail and go around St. Maddalena, a small, charming town in this valley.
How to get there?
There are three towns in this valley: Tiso, St. Peter and St. Magdalene. Depending on the trail that you want to do, you can choose one of these towns as a starting point of your trekking route. And all these tree towns can be easily reached by public transportation. So, you just need to go to the mains town in South Tyrol (Bolzano, Bressanone, Dobbiaco) or Trento and check the itinerary and timetable of public transport in this website to find the route to go to Val di Funes. For example, in the search box, you can type [From]: Bolzano, Stazione (or your nearest train station, bus stop), [To]: Colle (Funes) – Vikoler Bild. For the ticket, I suggest buying Mobilcard, a transportation card which allows you to make full use of the South Tyrol’s Integrated Public Transport network. Depending on how long you stay in South Tyrol, you can choose 1 day, 3 days or 7 days Mobilcard. One thing that you should remember that Mobilcard can only use for South Tyrol public transportation network plus Trento – Bolzano train, you can not use it in Trentino, another province in Trentino-Alto Adige region.
Where to stay?
In South Tyrol, the lodging is quite expensive. You can look for the accommodation by using some popular booking platforms like Booking.com, Airbnb. For the low budget solo traveler, you can find a bed dorm at an economical price in South Tyrol’s Youth Hostel system or Youth Hostel Giovane Europa in Trento.