The market municipality of Appiano is considered to be the land of castles and stands out due to the largest connected vine-growing area of South Tyrol.
Appiano is located in the charming area of the Oltradige near Bolzano. It comprises nine villages, stretching from 200 to 1,800 m asl. These villages and hamlets are called San Michele, Cornaiano, San Paolo, Missiano, Fragarto, Monticolo, Riva di Sotto, Predonico and Gaido. However, Appiano is most often used to name the chief village, S. Michele. About 14,000 inhabitants live in the municipality.