Italy is a place of romance, a place of stunning landscapes and world-class cuisine. More than anything though, Italy is a place of history, of legend, and South Tyrol is the perfect example of this. Dotted with around 400 castles and fortresses and the home of three different languages and a unique fusion of cultures, South Tyrol will have you dreaming of medieval decadence as you attempt to decipher the province’s intriguing identity. Here’s a little insight into what you can expect from this exclusive destination…
A Fusion of Cultures
Only in South Tyrol can you find the best of German , Italian and Ladin culture combining against a backdrop of alpine beauty and Mediterranean vibes. Once a part of the Austro-Hungarian County of Tyrol; this German territory was appropriated by the Kingdom of Italy in 1919. The province we see today is thus one of many languages, traditions and histories. Take, for example, the castles and manors. These stunning architectural wonders are a pleasure to explore whilst allowing you an insight into the Germanic history of the area. Tyrol Castle is just one of many that hark back to an age of Counts and royal lineages. So too are the churches, Monasteries and Cathedrals of South Tyrol. Housing beautiful works of art and standing as examples of a fusion of Northern and Southern European details, you’ll be stepping back thousands of years in time at some of these sites.
Old habits die hard, as the saying goes, and nowhere is this more evident than in South Tyrol. Yes, it’s officially a province of Italy, but German and Ladin traditions have remained as much a part of the culture here as the Italian ones. Traditional Tyrolean costume, for example, is a clear descendent of German Lederhosen whilst the use of traditional alpine ingredients teamed with Mediterranean artistry makes for a truly unique cuisine that has earned South Tyrol more Michelin stars than any other Italian Province.
Alpine Landscapes and Mediterranean Influences
Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of South Tyrol, aside from its history and cultures, is its landscapes. From rolling vineyards to the towering peaks of the UNESCO Dolomites, you can enjoy days of Mediterranean wine tasting and days of Alpine adventures back to back. It’s a combination that few destinations can boast, and South Tyrol undoubtedly owes this to its vibrant history and past and present identities.