Welcome to Alpe di Siusi & Parco Naturale Sciliar-Catinaccio
There are few more jarring or beautiful juxtapositions than the undulating green pastures of the Alpe di Siusi – Europe's largest plateau – ending dramatically at the base of Sassolungo and the towering Sciliar massif. To the southeast lies the jagged Catinaccio range, its German name of Rosengarten an apt description of the eerie pink hue given off by the mountains' dolomite rock at sunset. Both areas fall within the Parco Naturale Sciliar-Catinaccio. While great skiing and hiking are a huge draw, the villages that dot the valleys – including Castelrotto (Kastelruth), Fiè allo Sciliar (Völs am Schlern) and Siusi – signposted by their onion-domed churches, are lovingly maintained, unexpectedly sophisticated and far from mere resorts. Horses are a big part of local life and culture and there's nothing more picturesque than a local chestnut Haflinger pony galloping across endless pastureland.