NEW International Felt Art Trail

General description

The NEW International Felt Art Trail in Tesimo is a short circular themed trail, that cleverly maintains a balance between nature, culture and tradition. The original International Felt Art Hiking Trail was brought to life in 2003 by Hildegard and Josef Winkler, in order to raise awareness of sheep farming and the production of wool. In 2011 the Tesimo-Prissiano tourist information association in cooperation with the municipality of Tesimo and the South Tyrol Felt and Wool Association revived this themed trail. At that time, around 50 felt art items on the theme of “The natural world related to the existing landscape - the Garden of Eden” were installed along the trail, nestling in nature. All felt sculptures were made from natural, South Tyrolean sheep’s wool. The wool for this was sent to 12 different countries around the world and then returned as finished works of felt art. “It comes from nature. And back to nature it goes.” was one of the thoughts behind the project.
The idea has remained – however the location has changed:
In 2023 this themed trail moved locations to the “schulARTweg” (school ART trail) in Tesimo. 25 felt artworks can currently be found along the NEW Felt Art Trail to which new works will regularly be added. You can find more information on all of the current felt artworks on the NEW Felt Art Trail here: https://bit.ly/3E1tZB3
The original and now former Felt Art Trail will still be open to hikers as a forest hiking track and will be signposted with wooden signs containing the single word "Filzkunstweg” (the German for “Felt Art Trail”). Please read the description below for the route of the NEW Felt Art Trail.

Route description

Starting point P7, car park no. 7 (car park near Tesimo Sports Zone):
From P7 follow the symbol for the Felt Art Trail (see photos) or hiking trail no. 2 towards Tesimo until you reach the crossroads in front of the public open air swimming pool (Tesimo Campsite).
From here follow the signs for the International Felt Art Trail as far as Tesimo College and until the starting point of the actual International Felt Art Trail, which is on the “schulARTweg” (school art trail). Follow the International Felt Art Trail (“schulARTweg”), which is a circular trail with a non-stop walking time of 10 minutes, and then return to the starting point the same way that you came. 
The walk from car park no. 7 (P7) to the starting point of the International Felt Art Trail takes 10 minutes.
Alternative starting point:
From the Maria Himmelfahrt Parish Church in Tesimo follow the no. 2 hiking trail signs as far as Bäckerei Zöggeler (the bakery). From here follow the hiking trail signs with the symbol for the International Felt Art Trail or also continue to look for the no. 2 hiking trail signs as far as the public swimming pool (Tesimo Campsite). From here follow the signposts for the International Felt Art Trail as far as Tesimo College and the actual starting point of the International Felt Art Trail, which is on the “schulARTweg” trail. Follow the International Felt Art Trail (“schulARTweg”), which is a circular trail with a non-stop walking time of 10 minutes, and then return to the starting point the same way that you came.
The walk from the Maria Himmelfahrt Parish Church in Tesimo to the starting point of the International Felt Art Trail takes 10 minutes.

Description to arrive at destination

From Bolzano: Bolzano - Nalles - Prissiano - Tesimo
From Merano: Merano - Lana - Narano - Tesimo

Parking
Official starting point: Car park no. 7 (Tesimo Sports Zone)
Alternative starting point: Centre of Tesimo with parking in car park no. 1 (underground car park) or car park no. 2
Public transport

Take bus no. 216 from Lana or from Vilpiano (Sundays and public holidays from Terlano) to “Tesimo, Piazza Paese”. The “Tesimo, Piazza Paese” bus stop is right in front of the Maria Himmelfahrt Parish Church in Tesimo.

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