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.