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Naturno

Normally, information about a village area begins as far in the past as possible. We are going to turn that on its head and describe our holiday area, our homeland, from a modern viewpoint.

Naturno is now one of the most popular holiday destinations in South Tyrol and one of the strongest areas both for business and tourism. The 5,500 person community belongs geographically to the Vinschgau valley, and administratively to the Burgraviato/Merano region.


The land comprises the 67 km² municipality of the valley, at roughly 550m above sea level up to the high-lying mountain farms at around 1,700 m a.s.l. The Naturno people live in the main town, in the 3 towns of Cirlano, Tablà and Stava or on the slopes of both valleys, the Sonnenberg and the Nörderberg mountains.


The reopening of the Vinschgerbahn railway and the opening of both the Naturno and Stava tunnels have reduced the traffic in the village centre. More works are currently being carried out in town planning and traffic reduction. At the moment around 97% of the Naturno inhabitants are native German speakers, 2.9% Italian and 0.04% Ladin.

 

Rural economy and tourism are a long-standing tradition in the village. In the valley, the fruit producers take the forefront. Apples, above all, are of great importance. Up to a height of 900m a.s.l., wine is also produced in small quantities. On both sides of the Sonnenberg and Nörderberg mountains there are numerous traditional dairy farms.

Due to its mild climate, fruit such as kiwis, figs and, in particularly sunny spots, citrus fruits, grow in household gardens. So here in Naturno you find a land between alms and palms, with a view from glaciers to grapes.

 

Not far from the borders with Austria and Switzerland, and only 13km from the spa town of Merano, on the erstwhile Roman road, Via Claudia Augusta, foreign traffic to the area has a long history.

Among those particularly "renowned" are mountain climber Reinhold Messner and Ötzi the Iceman, who feel and felt "at home" in the area around Naturno.


Long before our time, people settled and established themselves in Naturno. There are many traces of settlements from the early Middle Ages, late antiquity, the Roman Empire and back to the Bronze Age. The first signs of humanity are seen through flint artefacts dating back to Mesolithic times which have been found on the outskirts of Naturno. A number of these "time capsule" objects can still be seen today.


Particularly worth a visit are the St. Prokulus Church with its frescoes from around 720 - 770 BC, the St. Prokulus Museum and the "hill forts" on the Sonnenberg, or Juval Castle. Modern-day Naturno, the former "swamp settlement", lies in one of the pastures of the characteristic valley floor, which was only drained completely in the 20th century.


The roughly 315 days of sun per year make Naturno the ideal place for a varied and unusual vegetation, particularly in the large Texel Group Nature Park, but also in the woody Nörderberg mountain to the south.


Today, a visitor to Naturno can expect a village of contrasts, a living community with an elegant village centre, countless shopping, sport and free-time opportunities, towns steeped in tradition, sights to see and a very special Alpine-Mediterranean flair. Here, amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life there is still ample room for small pleasures to breathe the "dolce vita" into your (holi) day.


We wish you a very warm welcome to Naturno!

 

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