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Casere

Casere represents the northernmost village of South Tyrol and boasts the legendary sanctuary S. Spirito church.

Casere has only got about 90 inhabitants and is located at 1,582 m asl. This oasis of calm is not only the northernmost village of South Tyrol, but also of Italy. Casere is located at the head of the valley, at the foot of the Vetta d’Italia (2.913 m), the northernmost point of Italy, according to the drawing of boundaries of St. Germain.

Still today animal breeding and arts such as making bobbin lace, wood carving and mask carving are important sources of income for inhabitants. Moreover the seamstresses make blouses, Christmas tree decorations as well as puppets.

The church of Casere, S. Spirito, can be reached from Casere via an easy path, within 20 minutes. S. Spirito is a sacred place and it is unknown where the first church had been constructed in this place. It owes its fame above all to a shot cross. According to a legend, a shooter wanted to test his marksmanship on his way to a shooting competition and shot the cross for this purpose. He won the competition and got a bull as prize, who killed the shot on the way back to Predoi, exactly in this place. From Casere to S. Spirito, there are 15 wooden columns, illustrating the life of suffering of Jesus.

Ski touring in winter and summer, Casere is starting point for a series of tours in higher realms. Particularly impressive is the hike to the Rif. Giogo. Also the Cima del Vento and the Pizzo Rosso are summits that attract a large number of experienced Alpinists.

Our tip: we recommend you combine a hike with a visit to the visitor’s centre in Casere, where you can enjoy a great view to the mountains from the panoramic corner, before you dedicate yourselves to information in the park.

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