Vipiteno (alternative name: Sterzing) is located close to the northern Italian border with Austria, in the northern part of the Trentino-Alto Adige region and on the main route between Bressanone (Italy) and Innsbruch (Austria).
The town is more Austrian in feel than Italian, not surprisingly given its location so close to the border, and is listed as one of the most beautiful villages of Italy.
The main street in the town - the Via Citta Nuova - has a ggod number of attractive grand Renaissance period villas to admire, and if you visit in the spring you will enjoy the geranium filled flowerbowes on many of the houses.
The tall tower with a clock and sundial that dominates - and stands over - the end of the street, is called the Torre de Citta.
In part this tower is a 19th century rebuild of the original 15th century tower, after fire damage in 1867. The original tower is said to have had a spire on top instead of the current roof design.
The Town Hall also dates from the 15th century.
The best of the villas, and one that is also open to the public, is the Palazzo Communale. Here it is the courtyard and its galleries that are the main attraction, along with the high-quality Renaissance works of art that it contains.
Multscher was a Bavarian who came here to create some wood carvings for the parish church, where a large wooden altar by Multscher can still be seen.
Another church in Vipiteno, this time in the main square of the town, dates from the end of the 14th century and contains some original frescoes.
A second opportunity to see impressive works of art is at the Town Multscher Museum, which also contains wood carvings by the 15th century sculptor Hans Multscher and others.
Like so many of the towns in the region, Vipiteno is in a very attractive setting and well placed for outdoor activities and pursuits. The tourist office will be able to point you towards some of the most interesting walks and hikes in the vicinity.
A particular highlight close to Vitipeno is the Valley di Racines, with a walk passed some waterfalls.