Lana - The “castles and churches” village on the Adige River
The family-friendly market town of Lana, south of Merano, combines the advantages of a rural environment with a vibrant, urbane town centre. Lana offers a high quality of life and a wide range of recreational and cultural activities, making it as popular with locals as it is with tourists.
Lana is the starting point of a number of different popular cycling routes and convenient to beloved hiking areas such as the car-restricted S. Vigilio (Vigiljoch) Mountain or the nearby Val d’Ultimo (Ultental) Valley. Especially popular amongst cyclists is a route that traditionally forms a leg of the Giro d'Italia: the path winds up Nonsberg Mountain along the snaking Gampenpass.
Castles, manors and churches
With about 40 churches, chapels, and monasteries dating back ten centuries, Lana is an important site for ecclesiastic history. In addition to the sacred buildings, a number of other medieval castles grace the townscape - among them Brandisburg, Leonburg, and Braunsburg.
The neighbouring communities
Lana's neighbouring communities are numerous and equally diverse. The apple village of Cermes (Tscherms) is rich in castles, walking paths, and ornate gardens while the resort of Foiana (Völlan), known for the healthful quality of its air, and the main local mountain, San Vigilio, are unique recreation areas.
The two neighbouring towns beyond the Adige River, Postal (Burgstall) and Gargazzone (Gargazon), are noted for their culinary offerings and a biotope that teems with nearly 400 different species of birds.