LARA | TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE
Lara or Laas, Bolzano Province, in the region of Trentino Alto Adige in northern Italy, located about 40 km west of the city of Bolzano. The township sits in the Venosta (Vinschgau) Valley were there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy year round.
Laas is known for the pure white marble quarried in the mountains south of the village which has been used in buildings world-wide, including the Victoria Memorial, London. Laas stands on one of the largest conical rock slides in the Alps, known as Gadriamure, which emerges from the narrow valley above the village of Allitz. This fan shaped field may have been created by the collapse of a mountain above the present Gadriatal. The fan of rock blocks the main valley Vinschgau and displaces the River Etsch to it's southern edge, The river has cut out a groge and revealed buried logs 7300 years old the valley now supports irrigated fruit orchards.
A great way to explore the valley is on the VENOSTA BIKE PATH