The South Tyrolean Wipp Valley is the Italian continuation of the Austrian Wipptal, which extends from over the border in the centre of the Austrian Tyrol. Within the South Tyrolean Wipp Valley lies the picturesque medieval town of Sterzing, a popular tourist destination amongst visitors from throughout Italy and its neighbouring nations, drawn by its stunning architecture and dramatic setting. Visitors from the UK looking to spend their holidays in the South Tyrolean Wipp Valley/ Sterzing area will find that there is a great choice of self catering holiday rental accommodation available here. There are apartments and townhouses within Sterzing, as well as traditional wood-framed alpine chalets clinging to the sides of the steep valley.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in the South Tyrolean Wipp Valley/ Sterzing in the winter months will find that there are numerous ski resorts and cross-country skiing trails to be found close by, with slopes suitable for all abilities. Throughout the remainder of the year, the region has a steady influx of tourists looking to enjoy the outdoor activities to which the dramatic landscape of the Dolomites mountain range is so well suited. As well as walking and hiking, the fittest of visitors may also enjoy such adrenaline-filled activities as abseiling, rock climbing, parachuting and paragliding.
As previously mentioned, the town of Sterzing boasts a number of fascinating architectural and historical gems. Particular tourist attractions well worth visiting are the 15th century Zwolferturm, a 120 foot tower which dominates the town, marking the separation between the old and new town, and the Baroque style ‘Our Lady of Marsh’ church. Visitors spending their holidays in the South Tyrolean Wipp Valley/ Sterzing will find that this far north-eastern corner of Italy is dotted with castles and picturesque ancient landmarks; particular draws being the 13th century Gothic-style Prosels Castle, Reifenstein Castle and the well preserved Romanesque style Tirol Castle.
Visitors spending their holidays in the South Tyrolean Wipp Valley/ Sterzing will find that this mountainous part of northern Italy has a typically alpine climate. This means that summer temperatures average between 15 and 21 degrees Celsius, whilst winters are much colder, with temperatures generally ranging between 5 and -10 degrees Celsius. Most of the region’s annual average precipitation of 28 inches will fall as snow in the mid-winter months.
Travellers looking to spend their holidays in the South Tyrolean Wipp Valley/ Sterzing will first need to fly to Rome-Fiumicino Airport (FCO). Alitalia, British Airways, BMI Baby, Jet2.com and Easyjet operate regular flights here from the UK, departing from London Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR), Birmingham (BHX), Bristol (BRS), Newcastle (NCL), Glasgow (GLA) and Leeds Bradford (LBA). They will then need to take a connecting flight with Air Alps to Bolzano Airport (BZO).