South Tyrol, Italy
South Tyrol is the northernmost province in Italy, and is located right on the border with Austria and Switzerland. The landscape is mountainous, with its most famous peaks being the Dolomites, a mountain range in the eastern part of the region that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2009.
Due to its geography, the region is a very popular skiing destination in winter. In the warmer months visitors enjoy outdoor activities like mountain climbing, mountain biking, hiking and paragliding. The majestic peaks of the different mountain ranges offer stunning views all year around.
Culturally, being right at the crossroads of Austria, Switzerland and Italy, the area gracefully blends the northern European with the Mediterranean, which can be seen in the region’s gastronomy, culture and arts, as well as in the different languages spoken. Although South Tyrol is part of Italy, most of the population in this area speaks German. Road and trail signage will be written in either Italian or German, and sometimes even in a third language: Ladin, an ancient Rhaeto-Romance language that was introduced by the original inhabitants of the Dolomite valleys over 1.000 years ago and is still spoken by a small part of the population today.
- For the second time this year, the world is holding its breath as everything has changed again within a very short time. But if there is one thing we have learned during this pandemic, it’s how important it is to slow down and to enjoy the important role nature plays in our lives. And, if you have young children like me, how crucial it is to find some well-deserved “alone time”.