Racines is one of the biggest communities in South Tyrol consisting of three valleys: Val Ridanna, Val Giovo and Val Racines with altitudes ranging from 950 to 1500 m above sea level.
Val Ridanna is located west of Vipiteno and stretches all the way to the Brennero Alps. This valley looks back upon eight hundred years of mining history. In order to preserve this tradition, the South Tyrolean Mining Museum was established in Ridanna Monteneve.
Val Giovo is located far from the hectic and the noise in the valley. The valley combines Giovo Pass with the Passiria Valley.
The Ridanna Valley reaches from Stanghe to the south-west. It is a renowned ski destination with 25 km of slopes, a 5 km long toboggan run and 40 km of cross-country tracks.
Two villages are of special importance:
This village is located at 1000 m above sea level and is known for the Gilfenklamm Gorge, a unique natural spectacle and Reifenegg Castle dating back to the 11th century.
The village is located at 1050 m above sea level at the entry to the Ridanna Valley and at the bottom of Wolfsthurn Castle, a baroque residence, which hosts the South Tyrolean Museum for Hunting and Fishing.