Südtirol and Dolomites – In Between North and South

Enrico Massetti
Südtirol and Dolomites


Alto Adige – Südtirol is a German-speaking province. The food here is more similar to Austrian food than Italian. Smoked speck is a specialty here. And don’t forget the mountains, both in winter and in the summertime there is always something to do.

Bolzano – Bozen in German, is a city where Italian and German cultures seamlessly blend. I recommend beginning the visit to the Porta del Vino (the “Wine Gate”). It’s from a “lesser” work, yet one that has a tremendous symbolic interest. It’s inside Bolzano’s gothic Cathedral, artistically engraved with peasants’ images at work between the vines.
We must give homage to wine produced here with excellent results – just one more reason for this region’s appeal. Don’t miss is the Dominican Church, with its 14th-century fresco on the “Triumph of Death” in clear Giotto style. Finally, Merano is a pretty and trendy tourist center with ancient porticoes and a suggestive historical center.
This book is a guide to the Italian mountain province of Südtirol. It describes the provincial capital city of Bolzano. It also covers San Genesio, Sarentino Valley, Ritten, Rosengarten, Carezza Lake, and Steinegg. The manual describes as well the Pusteria and Venosta valleys. It includes Merano and its surroundings of Senales Valley, Passeir Valley, Naturns, Lagundo, Schwemmalm, Vigiljoch, Ulten Valley, and Naturns. The guide also consists of the Seiseralm – Alpe di Siusi, with Kestelruth, Fie Allo Scillar. The Alta Badia Valley and the Val Gardena with Santa Cristina, Selva, and Ortisei, are also covered.

It includes extensive descriptions and photos of the localities covered. The guide includes a section on Südtirol food and recipes.

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One Reply to “Südtirol and Dolomites – In Between North and South”

  1. Comment by on Amazon.com
    From the United States
    Dr. P.
    4.0 out of 5 stars … a little book that has really helped me get a better sense of what South Tyrol is like.
    Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2017
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    This delightful little book has really helped me get a better sense of what Südtirol is like. I am thinking of moving there, and have researched several cities and villages online, but one still cannot get a feel for them that comes through in this book. He writes, for example, about the smell of the grape harvest that permeates the city of Bolzano in the fall, or the many wildflowers that bloom in this or that mountain meadow in the spring. He mentions whether a locale gets a lot of sunshine, and what the air is like. He explains how readily one can get to various hikes or bike rides from some of the towns. He includes a photo or two of each area. His English is not perfect, and there are quite a few little errors. I didn’t mind because it reminded me that this is an Italian speaking. His enthusiasm for his home country really comes through. One must wonder how he stands living in DC.

    I’m giving him four stars instead of five because, for the price, the book is tiny–just 100 pages. The descriptions of each town or region are brief, just a few paragraphs (except for Bolzano city, which is several pages). And the photos are in black and white [it was an earlier edition, now it is in color]. But he does have a way of honing in on the unique aspects of each town or region that he describes, which I have not picked up elsewhere. I’m glad I bought it.
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