A small area of Appiano faces the Monzoccolo mountain on the opposite side.
The Monzoccolo belongs to the Sarentino Alps and defines a mountain’s crest of particular interest, lining the Valle dell’Adige in the north east between Merano and Bolzano. On the Monzoccolo, there is a special place, called Salto. The Salto stands for a high plateau with larch trees, perfectly suitable for hiking and mountain biking. The highest point of the mountain ridge is the Giogo di Verano with 1,941 m asl.
The rocks of the Monzoccolo are made up of quartz porphyry dating back to the Permian period. Today it is covered by the mentioned meadows and forests. The villages belonging to the Monzoccolo are called Verano, Avelengo, San Genesio and Meltina. By the way, there are plenty of hiking destinations in the surroundings, such as the “Stoanernen Mandln” (stone men), Monte Ivigna in the north, the Monte Catino or the M. Croce.