Your unforgettable mountain holiday in the Val di Rabbi
A lush green carpet covers the sides and floor of the valley, blanketing both the flat pastures and the steep slopes, criss-crossed by little stone walls, the result of many hours’ patient and careful building, that support the soil used for growing crops.
In amongst the fields and forest are many of the traditional farmhouses that remain a fine example of rural vernacular architecture. There are also many little mountain lodges, which are been carefully and sympathetically restored for residential use. The bucolic landscape of the Val di Rabbi is typified by these farmhouses which range from the valley floor to the edge of the forest. These buildings feature a wooden upper section, used to store hay, and a stone base used as a cowshed, where many farmers in this area still keep their cattle for the majority of the year.
A good road runs alongside the Rabbies river, with its clear, vivacious waters that are teeming with fish. This stunning natural scene is studded with the little villages, groups of houses which are home to the local people, the Rabiesi, a quiet and hard-working people. The main road runs just over twelve kilometres, starting at an altitude of 855 m in the historic hamlet of Pracorno, the first village in the valley, climbing to 1,098 m in the ‘capital’ San Bernardo, and onto Rabbi Fonti at 1,240 m where the spa and Stelvio National Park visitor centre can be found before ending at Piazzola at 1,314 m, a selection of scattered groups groups of houses, clinging to the steep but sunny slopes.
The Val di Rabbi is surrounded by many other side valleys: Val Cercen, Val di Saènt, Val Saleci, Val Maleda, Val Zambuga or Valle Soprassasso, which gradually climb upwards to the Alpine passes leading to other regions like Val di Sole, Val di Pejo, Val Martello, Val d’Ultimo and Val di Bresimo.