SEISER ALM | The widest plateau of Europe
Enclosed among the most spectacular mountains of South Tyrol, famous peaks such as the Catinaccio group, the Sassolungo, the Northern Alps, and the Sciliar natural park, the Alpe di Siusi is a vast plateau, the largest in Europe with its 57 square kilometers, which rise between 1600 and 2300 meters above sea level and are dotted with some beautiful villages such as Castelrotto, Fiè allo Sciliar and Siusi allo Sciliar.
A favorite destination for skiers during the winter season, the Alpe di Siusi is nevertheless a marvel during the summer season, thanks to the network of hikes and trails that can be tackled and which lead to discovering even the most hidden beauties. Some routes start right from the center of Castelrotto, the most important village, and climb along the grassy slopes of the Alpe to reach, for example, the Alpe di Marinzen, where you can taste the typical products and then continue for a challenging excursion to the Alpe di Bullaccia, which through breathtaking views of the Sciliar massif arrives in the place known as Panche delle Streghe (witch’s benches), which is thought to be a place dedicated to the occult in Neolithic times.
The best route to dive 360 degrees in the Siusi plateau is however the circular one, which starts from the cable car arrival in Compaccio, winds along the path 30 to the junction for the Hotel Steger-Dellai, then on the asphalted trail 3 to reach the number 6 that leads to Monte Piz. Then we find the station of the Ortisei cable car, where the panorama really enchants, with the views of the Gruppo delle Odle, the Sassolungo to the east, and to the south the Sciliar massif. We continue our route towards Saltria, the lowest point of the itinerary, and following the trail number 30 towards Compaccio we then turn in direction "Panorama" on the number 6, to finally find the Giogo, altitude 2009 meters, where another fantastic view of the mountains surrounding us repays the effort to get there.
After taking trail 7, we return to the starting point near Compaccio.