An eco-sustainable alternative to the bike is the Val Venosta Railway, which connects basically all the points of interest in the valley. While retaining some charming historic stations dating back to the XIX century, the railway has modern trains, equipped with large windows from which to admire stunning views over all the wonders of the region.
One of the main stops is Merano, a lovely spa town nestled between the white peaks of the glaciers. It's full of gardens, waterways, and has a charming medieval old town, while the streets are delineated by beautiful buildings in art nuveau style.
The train from Merano reaches other unmissable places, such as Castelbello, famous for its wine trail and other culinary delicacies, Lasa, well known for its marbles, the white gold of Val Venosta and last but not least, Malles. This small town is definitely worth a visit, it's the second-largest municipality in South Tyrol and offers, among other things, a dense network of trails at about 1000 meters above sea level, ideal for summer trekking thanks to a cool and dry climate. The path that climbs up to the Palla Bianca glacier also starts from Malles, while the hill of Tarces, inhabited since prehistoric times, is only 1 km away.
Equally easy to reach, even on foot or by bike, are the other small villages in the area, with their convents and fortresses, enriching a region full of history, flavors and traditions, as well as natural beauty.