Easy Dolomites Chestnut Route sabiona monastery
Easy Dolomites Chestnut Route sabiona monastery

Chestnut Mountain Trail, Dolomites

62 km
8 days | 7 nights
May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
price from
€ 989
CO2 footprint
140 Kg/person
  1. Italy
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  3. Hiking Tours
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  5. Tourcode ITSW310E

The heart of South Tyrol, in Alto Adige, is nestled amidst age-old chestnut groves, deciduous woodlands, and lush green meadows. This pathway, in the shadow of the Dolomites, unfolds breathtaking views of peaks and valleys, adorned with castles and abbeys, and features farms offering locally sourced products – ideal for a delightful snack! Additionally, it meanders through vineyards preserving the origin of some of Italy's finest wines.

Scattered along the way are charming villages like Chiusa, a haven for poets and artists, and more prominent cities like Bolzano, the gateway to the Dolomites. Bolzano boasts a vibrant center and market stalls that stimulate your appetite with pancakes, homemade desserts, frankfurters and beer – a perfect combination for a refreshing break following a walk.

This is an ideal route for mountain enthusiasts traveling with family or those seeking a less challenging itinerary in the stunning Dolomites.


  • Walk through dense forests, large meadows, and charming hamlets.
  • Take a pause to explore the intriguing earth pyramids
  • Savor the flavors of the local cuisine and wine.
  • Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Monastero di Sabiona, perched atop a cliff, offering a unique and captivating experience.


Day 1

Arrive in Bressanone

Arrive in Bressanone

Your journey starts from Bressanone, a vibrant and historic city, recognized as the oldest in the entire Tyrol region. If you arrive early, seize the opportunity to wander through its lively streets and explore the fresco-adorned rooms of the bishops' palace.

Day 2

Bus to Novacella Abbey and walk to Bressanone, 9 km

Bus to Novacella Abbey and walk to Bressanone, 9 km

A morning transfer will bring you to the Augustinian monastery of Novacella, renowned not only for its historic significance but also for the production of delightful white wine. Your journey continues along dirt tracks and rural paths, winding through woodlands and vineyards until you reach Bressanone again.

Distance: 9 km

Elevation gain: +340/-370 m

Day 3

From Bressanone to Velturno, 8 km

From Bressanone to Velturno, 8 km

Today's walk takes you to Velturno, through tree lined country lanes. This charming town, enveloped by chestnut trees, has a climate so favorable that it served as a summer retreat for numerous noble families across the centuries.

Distance: 8 km

Elevation gain: +550/-270 m


Day 4

Transfer from Velturno to Chiusa and walk to Barbiano, 10 km

Transfer from Velturno to Chiusa and walk to Barbiano, 10 km

A short transfer will take you to Chiusa, a haven for artists and poets, counted among the most picturesque Italian hamlets. Todays' stage is filled with several unexpected treasures: the Sabiona Monastery, the spiritual centerpiece of the Tyrol region, sitting atop a steep cliff; and lastly, Barbiano, a charming village nestled along the banks of the River Isarco.

Distance: 10 km

Elevation gain: +560/-260 m

Day 5

Transfer from Barbiano to Pietrarossa and walk to Collalbo, 11 km

Transfer from Barbiano to Pietrarossa and walk to Collalbo, 11 km

After an initial transfer to Pietrarossa, today's walk guides you to Collalbo, weaving through woods and orchards. Situated on the Renon plateau, this village is a renowned ski center and a true paradise for nature lovers. A short detour along the path provides an opportunity to observe a rock bearing prehistoric signs.

Distance: 11 km

Elevation gain: +710/-335 m

Day 6

Walk from Collalbo to Soprabolzano and train to Bolzano, 11 km

Walk from Collalbo to Soprabolzano and train to Bolzano, 11 km

Today's hike offers a pleasant journey from Collalbo to Soprabolzano. You'll encounter orchards, forests, and cultivated fields, amidst a countryside adorned with castles, manor houses, and farms. After completing the walk, you take a train to Bolzano.

Bolzano, a vibrant town, seamlessly blends Italian and Austrian cultures, boasting numerous artistic treasures.

Distance: 11 km

Elevation gain: +380/-350 m

Day 7

Alp of Siusi loop, 13 km

Alp of Siusi loop, 13 km

Following a bus ride from Bolzano to Siusi, you ascend via cable car to Compatsch, from where you start your circular walk across the largest Alpine plateau in Europe. The route meanders through mountain huts and quaint hamlets, providing stunning views of the jagged peaks of the Dolomites. Upon completing the walk, a cable car and bus ride from Compatsch will transport you back to Bolzano.

Distance: 13 km

Elevation gain: +461/-502 m

Day 8

Arrivederci Bolzano!

Arrivederci Bolzano!

Our services end after breakfast.


Is this for me?

This is a great trip if  you like the idea of walking in the Dolomites but are still not ready to face the Alta Via: these hikes are easy and suitable for beginners - including families with children - and you'll be surrounded by mountains without having to climb high peaks or face challenging hikes. This easier version of the Chestnut Route reduces the length of some of the walks by public transport or private taxi transfers.


What is included

  • 7 Nights in double room in **/*** hotels with breakfast
  • Ritten Card
  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • taxi transfers (Velturno-Chiusa, Barbiano-Pietrarossa)
  • maps and detailed description of the itinerary in digital form, app
  • Medical and luggage travel insurance
  • 24h phone assistance

What is not included 

  • Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
  • lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated
  • visits and entrance fees - tips
  • personal expense
  • possible sojourn taxes
  • everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.

Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

  • Single room supplement
  • cancellation insurance
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.
  • travel documentation in printed form (maps and detailed description of the itinerary), shipped to the first hotel


We work with 3* hotels, B&Bs and farmhouses that reflect our way of experiencing travel: they are comfortable and characterful structures, which we choose one by one, managed by passionate and welcoming people.

Unless otherwise specified in the travel listing, all provide private en-suite rooms with breakfast included.

Below you see some examples of the facilities used for this trip, but keep in mind that they may vary based on availability in the period. We could therefore book for you structures different from those you see listed here, but of the same category and carefully chosen according to SloWays criteria.

Residence Gasser - Bressanone
Hotel Feldthurnerhof - Velturno
Gasthof Kircher Sepp - Barbiano
Hotel Dolomiten - Collalbo
Hotel Regina - Bolzano

When to travel

In Trentino Alto Adige, you will experience the typical mountain weather. In June, you will still find patches of snow here and there. Like in all mountainous areas, the weather can be unpredictable and can change quickly, so always check the weather forecast before setting out and always take with you a rain jacket, warm hat, and gloves.

What to bring

Clothing and other items
You will need your regular walking/cycling gear, including some sort of reflective garment. For the evenings, smart outdoor style trousers (or shorts) are invaluable, as are quick-dry t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town.

Take as little as possible to avoid potentially lugging a heavy suitcase up three flights of stairs at the end of the day. Please be aware that laundromats (“Laverie”) are not common in rural areas, so plan to do handwashing of small items.

Lightweight walking shoes/ trainers
For wearing around towns & villages. They can also be a back-up pair.

Socks & underwear
Take only good quality socks with quick-dry and insulating qualities. Road test them before you go on the trip. Take a suitable quantity of underwear as washing facilities are limited.

Warm jacket, hat, gloves
Bring a fleece, Polartec or warm layers for the evenings especially in spring or autumn; be sure it is totally suitable for your needs.
A fleece jacket which blocks the wind (Wind-stopper) is the most preferable. In the summer months a lightweight jacket is suitable for evenings.
If you are cycling/walking in mountainous or coastal areas, even in the height of summer, the weather can change very quickly and unexpectedly and you should be prepared for fog, mist, rain, snow or hail at any time. Always take an extra layer with you, as well as a warm hat and gloves.

Waterproof jacket & trousers
If you are caught in heavy rain, with good waterproof clothing you should remain dry. Remember that most garments will lose their properties over time. Few will remain waterproof for more than five years and many deteriorate in three years or less. We recommend a rain jacket with a good hood and collar and waterproof or thermal walking/cycling trousers or tights.

Dress code
In general, you should wear suitable clothing when entering a church (in many places, it is considered unacceptable to go inside wearing shorts or a tank-top). We suggest that women carry a shawl to cover up bear shoulders or low-cut tops. It also comes in handy when your shoulders get sunburned!

It is considered inappropriate for men to go without a shirt / T-shirt (other than at the beach).

Trekking poles (adjustable)
Highly recommended. A pair works best, depending on what you are comfortable with. If you suffer from back or knee pain this should be considered essential. Remember to practise walking with your pole(s) on different types of terrain in the months preceding your trip.

Walking boots
The importance of good footwear cannot be stressed enough. Your boots should be sturdy and of good enough quality to handle all types of terrain. Lightweight boots, (cordura/leather boots) which have Gore-Tex or sympatex water-proofing are most suitable for this trip. They should provide good ankle protection and be well broken in. Waxing leather boots regularly prolongs their life.

Walking tops & trousers
We recommend walking trousers and shorts and quick-dry wicking t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town. Wicking T-shirts are fast drying, keep moisture away from your skin and are available at outdoor stores. You should also bring one pair of loose-fitting trousers to wear in cities and for evenings out, etc. Shorts or zip-off trousers are useful in warmer weather.

Practical info

How to arrive

From both Bolzano (BZO) and Innsbruck (INN) ariports, you can reach the railway station bys bus, and then take a train to Bressanone.

On departure, if flying from Bolzano (BZO), you can easily reach the airport by bus.

In case you are flying from Innsbruck, you can get there by train and then take a bus to the airport (INN).

Train timetables available on www.trenitalia.com.

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