Rencio and Santa Maddalena, Bolzano
This is a major wine growing region, embellished by the slopes lined with grape vines. The "schiava" grape variety is cultivated here and vinified in the Santa Maddalena hills, hence the name of its famous ruby red table wine. Rows of wine farms line the hill and the Rencio quarter. Two churches are worth visiting: the small curator's church dedicated to San Lorenzo (first testimony in 1180, successive reworks, round apsis and bell tower in 1712) and the small church of Santa Maddalena, situated in a stunning panoramic position on the hill's summit, and hosting a precious fresco cycle dating to 1300, which is still well preserved on all its interior walls. Open by reservation.