Love basking in the sun under rows of palm trees? Long for sweeping mountain views paired with vineyards, orchards and old world charm? Welcome to the Merano (also referred to as Meran) area of Italy. This tropical region in South Tyrol epitomizes the breathtaking wonders that occur when Mediterranean and Alpine climates collide.
Merano and the surrounding region bathe in 300 days of sunshine each year. Visiting here puts you in the middle of lush a Mediterranean-Alpine wonderland ripe with adventure and relaxation. Its plush hills ease into mountainsides giving you countless opportunities to wander through and relax among blooming orchards, vineyards and gardens beneath castle walls and snow-capped peaks.
The old town of Merano itself radiates medieval charm and is famous for its boutique shops, fine dining, promenades, Christmas market, and thermal springs, which have been celebrated for centuries for their healing properties. In the fact, in the middle of the town is one of the most renowned spas in Europe — the Terme Merano.
Villages near Merano such as Lagundo (Algund), Dorf Tirol (Tirolo) and Schenna (Scena) offer equal enchantment and are ideal places to stay if seeking a more secluded getaway. Their proximity to Merano allows you to easily to enjoy the cosmopolitan perks of Italy and the rugged charm of the Alps.
Where is Merano, Italy?
Whether you choose to arrive from the north of South Tyrol or from the south, getting to Merano is easy by car, train or bus.
Below are some of our favorite pictures from this remarkable part of South Tyrol.