South Tyrol, Italy: A Haven among the Italian Alps

Italy’s South Tyrol is the perfect place for outdoor-lovers. Diana Simon

Italy’s South Tyrol, also known as Alto Adige, is a beautiful place to visit for outdoor lovers. It is surrounded by the Dolomites (also known in Italian Alps) and the Dolomites. South Tyrol is great for snowboarding and skiing in winter. In summer, it’s ideal for people who enjoy hiking and biking.

South Tyrol isn’t just for the sporty! This region is dotted with charming towns and boasts stunning scenery. It’s also renowned for its wines.

You want to travel to South Tyrol? This guide will help you plan your trip. It includes information about South Tyrol’s location, where to find it, and how to get around the area (even if you don’t have a car). You will find out which wines and foods to try in the area, as well as some must-see places and activities in Alto Adige.


Where is Alto Adige (or South Tyrol)?


The northernmost part of Italy is home to South Tyrol.

Alto Adige, the northernmost region of Italy, is named “Upper Adige” after the river that runs through. It borders Switzerland and Austria. Because it is located in the southernmost region of Austria, it’s also known by Sudtirol or “South Tyrol.”

Alto Adige is one of the two regions that make up Trentino-Alto Adige. It was once part of Austria, until the end of World War I. It is a predominantly German-speaking area with signs in German, Italian, and a Ladin language, which is spoken by around 30,000 people.

South Tyrol can be divided into eight districts. Bolzano, also known as “Bozen”, is the capital and biggest town in South Tyrol.


How do I get to South Tyrol

It can be difficult to get to South Tyrol without a car. This is why it is so off-the-beaten-path! It’s possible. You don’t have to rent a vehicle.


By air

Alto Adige’s sole airport serves domestic flights only. It is located outside Bolzano. Daily flights depart from Rome to Bolzano.

Bolzano is 90 miles (150km away) from Verona’s international airport. A bus takes you from Verona’s Villafranca Airport to the main train station in Verona, Porta Nuova. From there, you can take the train to Bolzano.

Alternately, you can take a bus directly to Bolzano or other South Tyrolean cities from the Milan Malpensa and Bergamo airports. Prices start at EUR44 for one-way transfers and must be booked at the least 48 hours in advance. More details here.


Train

It’s not only one of the most convenient ways to travel around Italy but also affordable. You can also read How to Travel Italy by Train. This is the most convenient way to travel to Alto Adige because the Italian rail network connects all major cities.

It’s only 90 minutes by train from Verona to Bolzano. There are direct trains also available from Rome and Florence (Campo di Marte). It’s possible to travel from Milan or Venice by switching trains in Verona. However, it’s relatively simple.


How do I travel around South Tyrol?


Mobilcards and Bikemobil cards make it easier to get around the region on public transport.

Even if you don’t have a car, it is much easier than you think! It has a well-organized public transportation system. You can get a Mobilcard that is valid for one, three, or seven days for EUR15, EUR23 or EUR28. It gives you access all public transport in the region, including buses, regional trains, and ccable cars. You can purchase tickets at tourist offices, hotels, and automated ticket machines at railway stations.

A great way to get around Alto Adige is by bicycle! Bicycle! You can also rent a bicycle from the region with the Bikemobil Card. This card gives unlimited access to South Tyrol’s integrated transport system. You can buy one, three, or seven day Mobilcards. You can find more information on the official website.


Where can you stay in South Tyrol?

There are many options for accommodation in South Tyrol, from luxury hotels to apartments for rent. We are all for staying at an agriturismo (or “farm-stay”), but here’s everything you need to know about an agriturismo. Agriturismos in South Tyrol will give you a unique experience and allow you to experience the unspoiled nature of the region. To browse a variety of farm-stays from organic to family-friendly, visit the Red Rooster site.


What can I eat in South Tyrol


A plate of speck is a South Tyrolean antipasto. Photo by Benreis (Wikicommons).

The South Tyrol cuisine is distinct from other parts of Italy because Alto Adige has a strong Austrian heritage. Bread, potatoes, white cabbage, and smoked pork are all common. The IGP label denoting the geographical origins of the product, called speck, is used to identify it. (Find the exact IGP and DOP food that is!

Santa Maddalena is home to a lively speck festival every year. It’s held in Val di Funes and features a farmer’s market, fresh baked breads, music, and, of course, samplings of speck. You should check the dates before you go.


Canederli in broth

Alto Adige’s most popular dish is canederli. These bread dumplings are made with leftover bread, and sometimes cheese. Canederli is served with either melted butter or grated cheese.

You’ll be able to see the mountains as you drive through Alto Adige. There are endless apple orchards that can be found throughout the region, most often ripe at the end September or early October. You must try apple juice and apple strudel! It is a delicious way to end a South Tyrolean dinner.


What wines can I find in South Tyrol?

Alto Adige is known for its exceptional wines. These include the white Riesling, Muller Thurgau and Sylvaner varieties, as well as the reds Vernatsch, and Pinot Nero.

You can taste the finest local wines. The Sudtirol Weinstrasse is considered one of Italy’s most prestigious wine routes. The route runs from Bolzano to Salorno through the valley of River Adige. Every May and June, wine-related events are held in the villages along this route, culminating in a night at open cellars.


What are the best things to do in Alto Adige


Alto Adige is home to many hiking trails that make it a great summer activity. Diana Simon


Summer in South Tyrol

South Tyrol is the perfect place for outdoor activities, nature and, of course #takewalks. There are more than 8,000 miles (13,000 km) of trails in South Tyrol, so there is a trail for everyone. To enjoy the best of the region’s stunning views and mild temperatures, you only need to wear decent walking shoes.

Another popular activity is biking. There are many routes in the region. Wine-lovers can also cycle the South Tyrol Wine Road (here are three route options ). ).


Winter in South Tyrol

No matter if you are a beginner or an expert, South Tyrol has a ski slope that will suit you. Saslong (Groden) is a challenging slope with a steep descent and a gradient of 57 percent. Pordoischarte, Dolomites, offers thrills with its spectacular, steep descent.

The Christmas markets in Bolzano and Brunico, Merano, Vipiteno, and Merano are a great place to visit as the holidays approach. The markets are magical with the aroma of balsam and lit-up Christmas decorations and stall after stand selling vin brulee or handicrafts.


What are the best sights in South Tyrol?

We can’t list all the stunning sights in South Tyrol. Here are four of our top spots to get you started.


Lake Resia


The stunning church steeple at Lake Resia. Diana Simon Photography

Graun was submerged by the artificial lake Resia created in 1950. The striking church steeple that rises from the lake is all that remains today. Lake Resia is a popular attraction in Val Venosta, Vinschgau. It’s great for kitesurfing in summer.


Stelvio Pass

Stelvio Pass is not for the faint-hearted. It was built by the Austrian Empire from 1802-1825. Stelvio Pass is known for its 48 hairpin turns and is considered one of the most dangerous roads in the world. It is also the highest road in Europe at 9,000 feet. The views from this point are stunning, as you can see. The Stelvio Bike Day is an annual event that closes the pass to cars from 8am to 4pm. This makes it a route reserved for bicyclists.


Tyrol Castle

The headquarters of the South Tyrol Museum of History is located near Merano. The castle dates back to the 11th Century and was used as the political capital until the 15th. It is so significant that the region gave Tyrol its name. It is a must-see with its beautiful courtyard and intricate Romanesque portals.

Lake Carezza

The Val d’Ega is a stunning Alpine lake located 19 miles (30km from Bolzano). Its name, “Rainbow Lake”, in Ladin, refers to the beautiful colors it displays. The water of this small lake comes only from underground springs…and, of course, melted Snow.


Are you a South Tyrol resident? What were your impressions? Comment below to let us know your thoughts!

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