The ‘sunny side’ of Val d’Ultimo – called Monte Sole in neighbouring Val Venosta – is the south easterly exposed, orographic left side the valley that, like Val Venosta, is also an east-west valley. It, therefore, boasts a distinct sunny side and a distinct shady side (northern side).

It’s no coincidence that most mountain farms in Val d’Ultimo are on the sunny side… also here is the ‘sunny side trail’, a highly recommended hiking trail. The uniformly signposted route crosses the sunny slopes of middle Val d’Ultimo, between the Santa Valburga and Pracupola areas, at a medium altitude of 1,400m, and over the valley and Lago di Zoccolo at an altitude of 300m.

The route, which follows both simple footpaths and tarred farm access roads, leads you through meadows, forests and past mountain inns. It also offers a comprehensive view of both Val d’Ultimo and the aforementioned lake.
From Santa Valburga, follow the ‘Sunnenseitnweg’ signs through forests and meadows up to the Innerdurach group of farms (40min from Santa Valburga), continuing west following the signs along private roads, crossing the meadow hands and the stone stream to the striking Hof Breitenberg (former residence). Continue on the ‘Sunnenseitnweg’ through meadows and forests and past the lonely-looking Obereggen farm to the Marschnellbach stream, then on a slight incline to the Hof Dorf (inn) and the forest slopes on a partly even, partly sloping path down to Pracupola.