INTRODUCING SOUTH TYROL
In South Tyrol, the traditions of Italy, Austria and Switzerland mingle to form a culture entirely of its own. Here you’ll find cosy ski lodges perched high on mountainsides, deep forests and mysterious castles, and buzzing towns with bright, onion domed churches. Whether skiing in the winter, or sampling fine food and drink all year round, a luxury break in South Tyrol has plenty to inspire.
A fairy-tale landscape of soaring mountain peaks and deep valleys lined with vineyards.
Things to do
Bordered by both the high Alps and the dramatic rock formations of the Dolomites, South Tyrol has some truly spectacular scenery to discover. Hike through mountain meadows carpeted with wildflowers in summer, or take a walk in the woods for the chance to spot deer. Winter is made for skiing, with plenty of cross-country trails to explore, as well as downhill runs.
FOOD & DRINK
When it comes to cuisine, South Tyrol has more in common with Austria than Italy. Savour warming dishes bursting with fresh mountain flavours – venison goulash followed by fruit strudel or rich sachertorte are local specialities. The region’s vineyards produce some of Italy’s finest wines. Sip crisp, bright sparkling wines and Pinot Grigios – perfect after a day spent out in the fresh air.
South Tyrol is home to the distinctive Suoni delle Dolomiti Festival, which attracts international folk, jazz and world music acts. The twist? Guests hike to the performances, which could be out in the woods, down in a valley, or up in the mountains. The region also hosts a full calendar of food and drink festivals, celebrating everything from wine to truffles.
Look out for the ‘Night of the Cellars’, where you can enjoy exclusive tasting evenings and learn the secrets of the region’s best wine-makers.
Top Tip from SLH