South Tyrol may be a picture perfect alpine dream, but it is also home to an unusual fusion of cultures, making it a must visit on the bucket list. The landscape within this Italian province provides breathtaking beauty all year round with the Austrian rolling hills spill over the border, framing the skyline with luscious green scenery, whilst the Italian heritage provides passionate cooking and attentive hospitality. We love the summer in this flourishing area, but there is something quite special about winter time in South Tyrol. Picture this, snow capped mountains, glistening glaciers and all civilisation dusted with snow. Lace up your boots and begin to explore the mountainous beauty in the freshest alpine air. There’s nothing quite like it.
Although this northern part of Italy is a haven embedded in the towering Dolomites, it is surprisingly easy to access and overflows with winter activity. Touchdown in Verona, Venice, Milan, Innsbruck or Munich airport and embark on a city break before you head to South Tyrol and immerse yourself in the heart of Tyrolean culture.
TAKE TO THE DOLOMITE’S SLOPES
Arrive at dawn in the Italian mountains with the sunshine pouring over the peaks, and sweeping panoramic views. The snow dusted scenery will have you to eager to hit the slopes in no time, and with over 300km of soft powder to sink your skis into, you’ll be spoilt for choice. One of our favourite routes is the famous Sella Ronda run. Chose to glide down clockwise or anticlockwise and this journey will take you in and amongst the majestic Dolomites through the course of a whole day, drifting from slope to slope.
Clipping in the ski boots, hopping onto those chair lifts and shooping down breath taking scenery is always going to build up an alpine appetite, so after a jam packed day of skiing fun, you’ll be ready to indulge in Italian cuisine – and of course, after all that skiing , it’s guilt free.
A TASTE OF LOCAL LIFE
South Tyrol’s cuisine has a riot of flavour made from hearty local ingredients and inspired by Ladin Culture. You’ll be wining and dining at La Siriola restaurant in Hotel Ciasa Salares, where the menu encapsulates culinary excellence with traditional and seasonal ingredients; you’ll find the finest cuts of meat dipped in the most decadent fondues. Each flavour infusion is carefully crafted by Italy’s youngest Michelin star Chef Matteo Metullio, whilst the tour of the wine cellar will orchestrate perfect combinations for each of your six courses. Body refuelled with Tyrolean gastronomy, it’s time head up to your cosy suite for one last look at the sweeping mountainous scenery, all before resting your head on hand made artisan quilts and pillows.
ALPINE REST AND RELAXATION
Following a few days of powering down the slopes, you’ll be ready for pampering and relaxation. Escape to Adler Mountain lodge where this haven will provide ultimate spa bliss. Suspended above the mountain meadows and reaching out to the enchanting Dolomites, take a soak in the temperate infinity pool, finding peace in the mountains. We recommend the historic Hay Bath for repairing those achy ski legs. Practised since 1871, this ancient traditional spa treatment provides restoration for the mind, body and soul. Bathe in locally gathered alpine hay and let the pain-relieving properties soothe your skin. Put your feet up and reflect on the landscapes, cuisine and culture you have experienced over the last few days; soak up every inch of the magic from this unique Italian province.