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lpine treks, world-class food and
unrivalled natural beauty - welcome
to South Tyrol, Italy's best-kept secret.
Nestled just south of the Alps, the
country's northernmost province off ers a landscape
like no other, which is courtesy of the impressive
backdrop of the Dolomites mountain
range, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Such a location means there's an array of
activities for lovers of the great outdoors
- and it's a year-round option too, thanks
to the more than 300 days of sunshine the
region is graced with every year.
However, it's not just the clement weather and
striking landscape that make a visit worthwhile:
South Tyrol's joint Alpine and Mediterranean
cultural heritage infl uences everything from the
region's food and wine to architecture and design,
all of which adds to its eclectic and unique nature.
For centuries, South Tyrol has been renowned
across Europe for its fi ne wines, and its awardwinning
reds and whites are popular across the
globe. More than 20 grape varieties are grown
in the region and a day at one of the picturesque
vineyards is a must for any budding connoisseur,
with the chance to sample native varieties such
as Vernatsch, Lagrein and Gewürztraminer.
But nowhere is South Tyrol's dual heritage more
palpable that in its food. As well as the region's
specialities, such as speck - a dry-cured ham - and
the famous knödel bread dumplings, South Tyrol
is an Italian
and scenery ACE
NOWHERE IS SOUTH TYROL'S
DUAL HERITAGE MORE
PALPABLE THAT IN ITS FOOD