The town of Vipiteno/Sterzing, Italy, was founded in the Middle Ages by the famous Fugger family (bankers that replaced the Medicis in Renaissance), and has retained until today its irresistible romantic and artistic charm. Lying at 948m above sea level, Vipiteno is the main town of the southern Wipp Valley and has a population of 5,800. Strolling through the beautiful shopping street, the Old and New Town of Vipiteno, there is much to see and to discover.
But did you know that from the pedestrian zone it is just a five-minutes’ walk to the station at the bottom of the Rosskopf 6-seater gondola lift? From there you can reach an altitude of 1,860 m very comfortably, marveling at a spectacular view while being transported. This small alpine town, which once served as a refuge for kings and emperors, is today a sparkling jewel rich in ancient art, boasting elegant boutiques. A small gem set in the beautiful natural scenery ranging from the side valleys of Ratschings, to those in Ridanna, Fleres, Vizze and Giovo. Meadows and woods, Alps and glaciers, pure untouched nature.
Vipiteno/Sterzing, Italy (in Italian Südtirol region all towns have double name, Italian and German) is located in the heart of the most beautiful and extravagant landscapes in Europe, Italian Alps. It is about 950 meters (3,117 ft) above sea level. The climate is very gentle and the air is pure. It is a superb place for hiking, swimming and biking. Historically, the area is known to have settlements already in the Bronze age and possibly earlier. There are many local attractions including Medieval and Renaissance churches and castles. The natural resources are breath-taking and include the Rosskopf mountain and Kitzbuehel mountain area. Local farmers sell their fresh organic produce in their little farm houses high in the mountains or bring to town regularly. Restaurants and cafes are numerous and uniformly excellent.
Such Italian gems as Venice, Cremona, Verona, Lake Garda, and Milan are reachable by train within a couple of hours from Vipiteno.
Vipiteno/Sterzing official tourist website: http://www.sterzing.com/en/home.html
The two nearest major international airports are Munich and Innsbruck.
Verona, Venice airports are also easily accessible by train.
By car from North:
Highway (Autostrada) A22
Exit soon after crossing Italian border
Follow signs to Vipiteno/Sterzing
By car from South:
Highway (Autostrada) A22
Follow signs to Vipiteno/Sterzing (exit right before Austrian border)
The train will take you to Fortezza where you need to transfer to Vipiteno.