Start of the season in South Tyrol: Part 1

Active holidays at last: Verena tells us about the start of the season in Italy

With around 300 days of sunshine a year and a network of over 16,000 kilometres of marked hiking trails, hardly any other destination is as suitable for hiking as the beautiful South Tyrol in northern Italy. The best of the culinary and natural elements of the two countries Italy and Austria merge into a perfect experience for all the senses. Verena tells us on the blog how we felt to start the season in South Tyrol in this special year, what has changed in the towns and how you can fully enjoy your hiking holiday.

It’s best to read about it for yourself:

Impressive view over the region of Merano

And we’re off: Hiking in the jewel of the south

Alpine Dolomites and Mediterranean enjoyment: in the northernmost province of Italy, also known by the Italian name of Alto Adige, quiet vineyards meet Mediterranean flair. At our Eurohike station in Bolzano we started the active season in June, somewhat later than usual but with great anticipation for our guests. As usual, we supplied our station with the new travel documents, visited our hotel partners and service providers and checked the route guidance for our trips.

Hiker in the region of Bolzano

The whole team prepared intensively for the new situation in terms of hygiene and safety. So that your tour is guaranteed to be a healthy and relaxing experience, we have taken clear measures to ensure your safety, because this is of course a top priority for us. You can read more about the topic of safety while travelling on our Eurohike blog. In order to give you a little taster of a wonderful Eurohike hiking tour in South Tyrol, I have brought some nice impressions.

The most beautiful cities in Alto Adige

How is the current situation in Italy, what has changed and which points are to be considered? On my trip to the start of the season in South Tyrol, I got an idea of what our guests can expect. Safety is very important in all areas and it is noticeable that new hygiene measures have top priority. There are disinfectant dispensers everywhere and everyone must wear a mask in shops and restaurants. Corresponding measures such as plexiglass windows, compliance with distancing and temperature measurements also ensure a feeling of safety in hotels. The southern atmosphere in the towns and the zest for life of the locals is as positive as ever.

Hiking highlight - Town hall of Merano

Merano: Flowers, apple trees and grapevines

In the spa town of Merano, pure Mediterranean flair merges with the influences of the alpine and rural areas to create a wonderfully contrasting place in the north of Italy. The orchards and vineyards typical of the region surround the city and in the centre you will find a true flower paradise – simply fantastic. The lively arcades invite you to take an extensive stroll through the city. It is not only the distinctive hiking network that makes this region the ideal hiking destination. Rather, it is the enjoyable reward that hikers can expect at the end of the day: Delicious South Tyrolean specialities with a fine glass of regional wine from their own farm.

  • My tip: Enjoy a great view of Merano in the Saxifraga restaurant on the Tappeinerweg. The way there is a real pleasure, because there are countless rare plant species to be found.
Relaxing stroll through the lively alleys of Bolzano

Bolzano: Italianità in the regional capital of South Tyrol

The scent of juicy vineyards and apple orchards takes us further into the regional capital of South Tyrol, to Bolzano. No wonder, because South Tyrol is not only the largest connected apple growing region in Europe, but the regional wines are also the best in Italy. Under a clear blue sky, I explore the lively arcades and enjoy the Mediterranean flair, because here you can really let the Italian way of life take hold.

  • My tip: The perfect ‘Italianità’ can be enjoyed at Waltherplatz with an Italian cappuccino.
Hiking view at vineyards near Kaltern

Kaltern: Wine village and lake idyll

The beautiful village of Kaltern is located directly on the South Tyrolean Wine Route and is embedded in the completely beautiful, Mediterranean landscape of vineyards – here everything revolves around wine. The hiking trails around Kaltern are ideal for an enjoyable hike through the beautiful nature and lean me to the warmest bathing lake in the Alps, Lake Kaltern.

  • My tip: Take time for a break with an incomparable view of Lake Kaltern – the epitome of a panoramic idyll.

To be continued…

Next week I will be happy to tell you what I have experienced on my journey to start the season in South Tyrol and how our Eurohike team will ensure you enjoy your hiking holiday this year.

Verena Sonnenberg
Doing something good for heart and soul – South Tyrol is a true paradise for a pleasurable hiking experience!
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