The South Tyrol or Alto Adage is a province in northern Italy bordering Austria and Switzerland. Its capital city is Bolzano. In the summer the South Tyrol is known for its scenic natural beauty while in the winter it is transformed into a white winter wonderland. The Dolomite Mountains are on the must-see list for most climbers and winter sports enthusiasts. The South Tyrol offers snow covered peaks, woodlands and alpine meadows, crystal clean air and charming towns.
There are a host of things to do from a self catering holiday home in the South Tyrol. The magnificent landscape offers pristine ski slopes for alpine and cross country skiing, endless snowmobiling trails, skating, sledding and more. The après-ski activities are legendary too!
Once the snow has melted away from all but the highest peaks, the rocky meadows became a carpet of colourful alpine flowers making a wonderful environment for walking, mountain biking and scenic drives. Climbing expeditions are popular in the Dolomites and there are countless blue alpine lakes and natural parks to be explored by mountain bike or on foot along the miles of trails.
Bruneck is the main town in the Val Pusteria and was first settled in the Stone Age. It is the easternmost town in the South Tyrol and has an important medieval castle within the old city walls. The Church of the Assumption of Mary is a lovely buiding which is also worth visting.
The Stelvio National Park has the highest mountain in the South Tyrol, Ortler, which is 3905m high. The park is the largest in Italy, covering 400,000 hectares of land, and was founded in 1935 to protect deer, ibex, chamois, weasels, hares, eagle owls and other birds and mammals which inhabit the area.Bolzano
Also known as Bozen, this provincial capital is known as the Capital of the Alps. It is known for its culture, business, shopping and nature. The Archaeological Museum holds the remains of the alpine iceman "Otzi" which makes an interesting exhibit to visit. The town has many more wonderful museums, churches, palaces and squares making it well worth a visit.
Italy's South Tyrol has a mild climate. Daytime temperatures throughout the year range from 8-18°C (46-65° F) and there is rarely any fog. The summer months have some rainfall and in the winter there is plenty of snow on the high ground.
Holiday homes in the South Tyrol are served by the Verona (VRN) Airport, about 90km away, Marco Polo Venice (VCE) Airport 150km away or Innsbruck (INN) Airport. There is also a local airport at Bolzano.