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The Valle di Casies-Gsieser Tal is a sunny side valley of the Val Pusteria-Pustertal between the foothills of the Vedrette di Ries-Rieserferner chain and the Deferegg Alps. The twenty kilometer (twelve mile) long valley branches off toward the north near Monguelfo-Welsberg, and a well-maintained road leads through the broad valley past the villages of Colle-Pichl, S. Martino-St. Martin, and S. Maddalena-St. Magdalena.
The Valle di Casies is characterized by countryside everyday life, and even today, many traditional, rustic farmhouses and Alpine meadow cabins are a testament to the old roots. But the Valle di Casies is proud of not just the multitude of farmhouses, but also of the wealth of beautiful hiking trails and panoramas of nature, as well as in wintertime its popular sunny cross country ski trails and the village’s own ski lift in S. Maddalena.
Embedded in a great natural landscape with a view of the Dolomites, Monguelfo-Welsberg lies directly on the main axis of the Val Pusteria-Pustertal valley. But Monguelfo is known above all else as a result of its cultural treasures. The Welsperg Castle, the “Pacher” wayside shrine, the many old fountains with the “holy water from the ponds”, and the works of the famous painter Paul Troger have to be counted as some of the highlights. Monguelfo has also developed into a meeting place for shopping. There are many sports and leisure time possibilities, from ice skating to miniature golf, and there are numerous local modern facilities that will quicken the pulse of any athlete.
The village of Tesido-Taisten is regarded as one of the five sunniest villages in the Val Pusteria. The sun terrace between the mountain and the valley attracts numerous guests to this tranquil, idyllic village above Monguelfo with its beautiful panorama view of the Dolomites. Many hiking trails lead from the village to the surrounding mountain world. In the wintertime, the village ski lift is a meeting point for both young and old who want to cut a few curves on the slopes. The Romanesque-Gothic St. George’s Church is regarded as the cultural trademark of the sunny village.