a cable car ride to an Alpine village

San Genesio Atesino Travel Blog

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approach to San Genesio

The mist cleared a little today so we walked north out of Bolzano along the river.  There is a very nice park that runs on both sides of the river with a walking and bike trail.  Here as elsewhere in Europe (why don’t we do this more often in the US?) the bike portion of the trail was marked and the paved trail was wide enough for walkers and bikers to coexist.  I’d love to have that at home where my husband and I walk in the evenings and we never know when a bicycle will come from behind and zoom past inches from us.  It always startles me and I’m afraid someday one is going to run into me if I happen to be making a particularly flamboyant gesture while telling a story.  The guys in bicycle spandex are usually polite and let us know they are coming through but the wannabe’s don’t.  Scary!!!

 

Our goal was more than a nice walk out of the town; we were heading to a cable car to take us up to San Genesio.

gnomes?? now I know we're not in Italy
  It’s a village 10km out of Bolzano and San Genesio is at what the guide book calls a moderate height of 3,546 feet high and suitable for gentle walks in the Dolomites.  Well I don’t know about you, but a 3,000 foot climb is not gentle or suitable for me so we were getting there by cable car.  I’m afraid of heights and not normally drawn to cable car rides to the top of mountains but I hate to miss out on something interesting more than I’m afraid of heights.  Therefore I went.  I’ve found that if I look at the view through a camera lens, I get distracted and don’t realize that I’m swinging in the air from a very slender cable.  I took a lot of photos both coming and going in that cable car.

 

San Genesio lived up to its guidebook reputation with beautiful views over Alpine meadows and down into Bolzano in the valley below.  You could even see a castle perched over Bolzano.  San Genesio is know for breeding Avelignese horses, gentle horses with blond manes, and has riding stables as well as small resorts.  We had lunch on an outdoor terrace overlooking the town of 2,000 and with a particularly good view of the front of the town’s church.  While we ate I noticed people occasionally entering the church.  For an entire hour people entered and never came out.  By now I was curious and thinking Twilight Zone thoughts so we went to investigate the church.  When we went in there was no handle to exit by the front door and everyone had to leave by a side door - so much for my “scary movie” ideas.  However, the cemetery was interesting with skulls on the gateposts and so many flowers that it looked like a plant nursery. 


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approach to San Genesio
approach to San Genesio
typical house
typical house
gnomes?? now I know were not in I…
gnomes?? now I know we're not in …
beautiful barn
beautiful barn
cemetery that looked like a plant …
cemetery that looked like a plant…
notice the skulls on the gatepost
notice the skulls on the gatepost
Alpine meadows
Alpine meadows
the view down into Bolzano
the view down into Bolzano
view out the window of the cable c…
view out the window of the cable …
still descending
still descending
San Genesio Atesino
photo by: nonna