12 Things to Know Before Visiting South Tyrol & the Dolomites


Kate + Vin

Alpe di Siusi in the Dolomites of South Tyrol at sunset
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Longing to explore the sunny side of the Alps? If you’re one of the lucky few jetting off to this hidden gem, you’ve come to the right place…

In case you haven’t heard, South Tyrol — also known as Südtirol or Alto Adige — is beyond a doubt Italy’s best-kept secret. This Alpine-Mediterranean jewel crowning the far north teems with more cultural diversity and contrasting natural beauty than anywhere else in Europe.

Whether you’re looking to trek in the Dolomites or unwind poolside in sun-drenched valleys, below are 12 things to know before visiting South Tyrol (with plenty more travel tips tucked in).

⇒ Plan Your Visit: Grab our South Tyrol + Dolomites Travel Guide

1. Adventure in South Tyrol is Tailor-Made For You

We’ve spoken with several travelers wishing to vacation in South Tyrol, but worry the lofty beauty of the Alps and Dolomites is beyond their reach given their older age or fitness level. Nothing could be further from the truth.

South Tyrol makes its breathtaking scenery available to EVERYONE. Thanks to state-of-the-art lift systems set across the region, the young and old, skilled and unskilled, can partake in a multitude of activities among the peaks in every season.

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South Tyrol’s mountain scenery is available to everyone thanks to a vast network of lift systems across the region.

In fact, the second oldest cable car in Europe is in South Tyrol. The San Vigilio Cable Car in Lana was built in 1912. Obviously renovated since then, it allows hikers to take in the full majesty of Mt. Vigiljoch — one of South Tyrol’s most enchanting mountains.

The best part about South Tyrol’s lift systems is they give you the freedom to decide the level of difficulty on every hiking outing. You can purchase one-way tickets, ascend portions of a mountain or simply ride up and down for the views.

With nearly 10,000 miles of trails in the region, maximize your time in the mountains. Take advantage of the lifts whenever you can.

⇒ READ MORE: The Ultimate Guide to Hiking Seceda

Seceda Hiking Trail
All ages and skill levels can enjoy the pure jaw-dropping wonder of peaks like Seceda.

Not all travelers like the idea of a cable car swiftly whisking them up several thousand feet. If that’s you, don’t despair. In many areas, you can hop in a funicular to carry you up and down the mountainside without ever leaving the Earth.

For those worried about possibly becoming lost trekking in the vast mountainous landscapes. Don’t be. South Tyrol even takes care of that for you. Maps are readily available in tourist offices and near trailheads. Furthermore, trails are clearly marked with abundant signposts directing your next step. We have never had an issue finding a destination, but before venturing into South Tyrol’s sprawling wilderness you should clearly understand how to properly read trail signage.

We have had cell phone reception in most places, but do not count on it in the remote mountainous areas. That said, we strongly recommend only pulling out your phone for the occasional photo.

Holidays in South Tyrol should be your time to reconnect with nature, family and friends. Office emails can wait.

⇒ READ MORE: Treks in the Dolomites – Your Guide to the Epic Sights of Alpe di Siusi

2. Hike the Waalwegs & Promenades

When visiting South Tyrol, you could easily spend all of your time in the heights of the Dolomites, but the natural splendor South Tyrol offers goes well beyond the famous jutting peaks. Wandering along South Tyrol’s Waalwegs is a must.

We adore hiking these paths. They follow ancient water channels that gently ease up the Alps through countless orchards, vineyards, forests and meadows.

Waalweg path in Marlengo
Ancient water channels called “Waalwegs” lead you on hikes through unforgettable scenery.

While meandering, you’ll enjoy the melody of snow-born water flowing at your feet and encounter crumbling castles, wayside shrines, quaint churches and farms and every other storybook scene you can imagine. Waalwegs offer the ideal way to immerse yourself in South Tyrol’s colliding Alpine and Mediterranean landscapes. You can find them throughout the mountains and valleys around Merano and the Venosta/Vinschgau region.

⇒ GET INSPIRED: Discover the Best Hikes in the Dolomites

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The Tappeiner Promenade provides sweeping views of Merano and the surrounding Alps.

South Tyrol also possesses some of the most beautiful promenades in all of Italy. A few of our favorites are located in Merano and Bolzano.

These easy-walking trails expose you to an indelible blend of natural beauty and medieval architectural marvels. You can spend a day wandering them or less than an hour as you might wander past an inviting cafe with the perfect setting to simply sip a drink and bask in the sun.

⇒ READ MORE: Promenading in Merano: Italy’s Most Enchanting Walk

3. Buongiorno or Guten Morgen?

If you’re in the early stages of planning a visit to South Tyrol, you may be wondering why there is a German phrase in an article about a region in Italy.

German and Italian Sign in South Tyrol

Nearly 70% of South Tyroleans speak German as their first language while 25% speak Italian and 5% speak Ladin. The result of this linguistic plate of spaghetti is that you’ll encounter road signs, menus and more featuring both German and Italian.

Additionally, you’ll see and hear an ancient Rhaeto-Romance language called Ladin while venturing through the Dolomites. As an example:

  • St. Ulrich (German)
  • Ortisei (Italian)
  • Urtijëi (Ladin)

All are the name of the same town. Signs posted in the Dolomites feature all three languages.

Sound confusing? It’s not if you prepare a bit before arriving.

While you really don’t need to know much German or Italian to enjoy your visit to South Tyrol, you’ll get more out of your trip if you familiarize yourself with keywords and phrases. Most locals are bilingual so they will appreciate you making the effort. We recommend picking the language that comes easiest to you and sticking to it throughout your trip. This will simplify everything from navigating roadways to ordering “vino” or “wein”.

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By the way, if you are interested in learning German or Italian (or practically any language for that matter), we highly recommend Babbel. We purchased lifetime access at 50% Off and love learning with it. The app is both fun and addicting!

4. Sip Wines of the Alpine Kind

South Tyrol, known by many as the “land of wines”, could also be known for elevating winemaking into an art form. Over the last 3,000 years, South Tyrol’s wine artisans perfected practices to help vines flourish on the mountainsides. Arbored vineyards now tumble along sun-kissed slopes producing award-winning wine and scenery that would make Monet blush.

Cantina Tramin Wines
Wine with a view? World-class wineries such as Cantina Tramin offer tastings along the South Tyrolean Wine Road.

While you should no doubt indulge in the well-known classics of this region such as Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc, broaden your wine horizons by uncorking lesser-known Alpine wines native to South Tyrol. This includes Lagrein, Vernatsch (also commonly referred to as Schiava) and Gewürztraminer.

Gewürztraminer, originally from Tramin, a sleepy wine village in southern South Tyrol, is an aromatic and expressive white wine unlike any other. Be sure to try a glass or bottle of Gewürztraminer from the “Queen of Gewürztraminer”, Elena Walch. It is one you will remember.

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If you are not a wine enthusiast, no worries. South Tyrol’s beer is as good as the views.

Another white you may not be familiar with, but you should definitely seek out while visiting South Tyrol is Pinot Bianco (also known as Weissburgunder). A close relative to Pinot Grigio, South Tyrol (Alto Adige if you prefer the official Italian designation for the region) produces the best Pinot Bianco in the world. You can read more about our encounter with this delightful wine during our visit to Nals Margreid Winery.

If you’re like us and are looking to do more than simply sip wine with your meals, make sure to schedule the time to venture along the South Tyrolean Wine Road. This picturesque road winds through several wine villages where you can embark on tastings at some of the finest wineries in the world.

⇒ READ ABOUT OUR STAY ALONG THE WINE ROAD: Romancing the Vine at Donà Winery

5. If You Want to Explore Freely…Rent a Car

South Tyrol’s public transportation system is affordable and world-class. Buses and trains can take you throughout much of South Tyrol. During South Tyrol’s busiest seasons, public transit is the most convenient way to travel not to mention budget- and eco-friendly. However, if your heart is set on freely exploring South Tyrol, we recommend renting a car. This allows you to discover the countryside at your own pace and explore off-the-beaten-path gems others miss. Based on our experience, Discover Cars offers the best car rental deals, but that may vary depending on your travel preferences and circumstances.

Navigating the roads in South Tyrol is fairly straightforward. And with today’s navigation apps, you can get step-by-step voice directions to take you anywhere without any hassle.

Driving in the Alps and Dolomites for those not used to mountain roads may seem scary at first thought. But thanks to South Tyrol’s safety-focused roadway designs, one can become comfortable with mountain driving rather quickly. The mountain roads will naturally require greater concentration; however, several waysides exist along the roads allowing you to pull over to take a break or let others pass.

Anyone with a bit of common sense and some pre-trip planning can easily handle Italian roads. To help out, we put together a Driving in Italy Guide you can quickly reference while on Italy’s roadways.

6. Embrace Alpine Wellness

One of the more alluring aspects of South Tyrol is how it mends the mind, body and soul. The immense natural beauty, joyful celebration of cultural traditions and Alpine lifestyle invite you to slow down and soak in your immediate surroundings.

Embrace this invitation. You will not regret it. We’ve always found South Tyrol’s slow travel and slow food appeal hard to resist even when we’re pining for the view over the next mountaintop.

⇒ Plan Your Visit: Grab our South Tyrol + Dolomites Travel Guide

South Tyrol is a haven for health and fitness enthusiasts. Beautiful spas and resorts, both rustic and contemporary in style, dot the landscape allowing you to reap the benefits of Alpine wellness.

If staying at a spa and resort is not your speed or in your budget, you can still take advantage of South Tyrol’s curative powers at places such as Terme Merano.


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Look for farmhouse inns under the Red Rooster brand shown here.

Additionally, South Tyrol offers an experience unlike anywhere else with its farm stays. More than 1,600 farms, under the ‘Red Rooster’ seal of quality, allow you to connect with rural life in South Tyrol. You can stay in charming guesthouses and partake in the joyful rigors of farming or simply sit back and admire the idyllic scenery from your balcony.

Few things do more to restore your wellbeing than waking up at an Alpine farm to the distant clang of cowbells and church bells echoing across a mountain valley.

7. Farm Fresh Food is Everywhere

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South Tyrol is the culinary star of Italy — possessing more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other part of the country. And unlike many parts of the modern world, the vast majority of restaurants, cafes, bakeries and taverns you will visit while in South Tyrol are family-owned.

South Tyrol’s delicious blend of Tyrolean, German and Italian cultures, launches you on a delectable dining journey brimming with tradition and creativity. Much of South Tyrol’s cuisine is strongly rooted in a farm-to-table custom thanks to the predominance of small-scale farms throughout the region. It’s not uncommon for a South Tyrolean to personally know the farm behind her every meal.

While hiking in the mountains, be sure to feast at traditional Italian mountain huts called rifugios. These cozy, chalet-like establishments offer some of the most flavorful mountain dishes on the planet.

With each bite and sip you take in South Tyrol it’s clear they cherish high quality over high quantity. This culinary edict is born from a deep cultural connection to the land and old traditions. South Tyrolean farmers symbolize the unbreakable bond to the past by adorning a traditional blue apron as they work.

A vacation in South Tyrol is not complete without devouring hearty Alpine culinary delights like smoked speck and dumplings, called canederli or knödel. Combined they make a savory dish known as speckknödel, which is also served as a soup.

Speck is one of South Tyrol’s most revered foods and is integral to countless Alpine recipes, not to mention one of our favorite companions to pizza. Not familiar with speck? It is a smoked, cured ham born from blending traditional Northern European smoking methods with the outdoor curing practices of the Mediterranean. We enjoy speck with breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between.

Buchteln Dessert
Have a sweet tooth? You’ll fall in love with South Tyrol’s Buchteln.

Of course, no one should visit South Tyrol without satisfying their sweet tooth. A tasty dessert you’ll come to crave is Buchteln — a traditional South Tyrolean marmalade-filled pastry served in vanilla cream.

Since we are on the topic of sweets, another delight you must try from South Tyrol is the crisp wafers and snacks from Loacker.

Founded in 1925 in Bolzano, Loacker’s mountain-size goodness isn’t a surprise considering the Dolomites sit in their backyard. Their products honor classic family traditions using only the best natural ingredients without any artificial colors or flavors. Adding some Loacker goodies to your backpack before hitting a trail is always a sweet move.

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Keep an eye out for Loacker when picking up a snack or two for your hiking outings.

Want to try them before visiting South Tyrol? You’re in luck. Visit our shop to find our favorites.

Numerous farmers’ markets take place throughout South Tyrol offering the ideal introduction to local specialties. Take the time to browse these markets. You’ll discover a variety of homemade breads and rolls, fragrant herbs, syrups, jams, as well as exceptional Alpine craftsmanship with unique items such as hand-woven baskets, wood carvings, traditional attire, religious artifacts and holiday decor.

Beyond the streetside markets, plan to visit a Pur Südtirol store. With locations in Bolzano, Merano, Brunico and Lana, these stores showcase a treasure trove of South Tyrolean goods. Inside you can browse more than 1,800 products from local farms.

⇒ YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: Speckfest – A Mountain-size Celebration Not to Miss

8. Accommodations are Surprisingly Affordable

In our experience, nothing comes close to matching the quality we receive for our dollar than the accommodations in South Tyrol. We have stayed at hotels, inns and resorts throughout Europe and North America, but the value we receive in South Tyrol is ALWAYS far superior.

Whether splurging on a 5-star resort or lodging at a budget-friendly guesthouse, South Tyroleans go above and beyond in their hospitality. You can stay at an authentic rustic farmstead perched on a mountainside for as little as 30-50 € per night. There is no better way to connect with the rural culture and traditions of South Tyrol.

Travel Tip: An effective strategy for budget-conscious travel in Italy — or anywhere else, really — is to secure free accommodation by looking after the homeowner’s pets while they’re away. Discover how this service works by reading a TrustedHousesitters review. This is an especially wonderful option for remote workers to consider.


9. South Tyrol is Europe’s Apple Basket

An apple tree in South Tyrol

Any discussion about the wonders of South Tyrol without mentioning apples would be reckless. They are everywhere. The delicious fruit has been grown in South Tyrol for more than 1,300 years. Today, more apples come from South Tyrol than any other region in Europe. They are celebrated for their intense flavors and colors.

Rambling through South Tyrol’s apple orchards is an aromatic journey filled with scenery made to steal your breath. You’ll be tempted to steal a bite too, but keep your hands to yourself. You can visit any market to load up the deliciousness the apple trees drop to the valley floor.

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Apple strudel is a traditional treat one must indulge in while visiting South Tyrol.

While you’re in South Tyrol make sure to pour yourself a glass of the region’s apple juice (called apfelsaft). The smooth sweetness it imparts on your lips will call to you long after you’ve left. It is a worthy alternative to wine any day.

Another apple-born gem you must try is traditional apple strudel (apfelstrudel). South Tyroleans typically enjoy this treat in the afternoon or after dinner as a dessert. However, we enjoy it whenever we can get our hands on it.

⇒ READ MORE: South Tyrol Apples – Mountains of Goodness in Italy

10. Venture Beyond the Vino

While it will be tempting to complement all your meals with South Tyrolean wine, we’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t tell you about South Tyrol’s hay milk (“heumilch”). It is the elixir of the mountain gods. And another must-try while visiting South Tyrol. If you’re not wowed after your first sip, the onslaught of the modern world has left your palate as dull as a butter knife.

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Fresh hay milk from the Alpine farms of South Tyrol is a must-addition to your morning cup of coffee. Castles sold separately.

Of course, when the milk is out of this world, it’s only natural that the cheese would follow suit. With over 200 varieties to savor, here’s a list of acclaimed South Tyrol cheeses to get you started.

Cheese aficionados will not want to miss a visit to DEGUST Cheese Shop. Founded by a Michelin-starred chef, DEGUST specializes in producing choice cheeses from small dairy farms in South Tyrol. The shop is located just minutes away from South Tyrol’s revered Abbey of Novacella — a nearly 1,000-year-old winery and monastery that is a must-see.

Be sure to order a Hugo cocktail while relaxing on the slopes of South Tyrol. This world-famous drink was invented by a South Tyrolean in Naturns. It is a refreshing must-sip no matter when you visit.

Hugo Cocktail in the Dolomites
Don’t miss out on enjoying a Hugo while giving your legs a break.

Those looking for a libation that packs a bit more punch than wine or a cocktail should definitely order a spirit called “Grappa”. Distilleries in South Tyrol produce grappa from the pomace of grapes (stems, skins, etc. left over after pressing). Many South Tyroleans enjoy grappa after meals to promote digestion. A dash of it is also commonly added to espressos.

When it comes to quenching your thirst after a grueling outdoor excursion, the water from South Tyrol’s pristine mountain springs is a godsend. We consider it the best in the world.

Before heading out on hikes, we fill up our water bottles with water from Plose or Meraner Minerlwasser. The purity of South Tyrol’s water elevates the sensation of refreshing to a new level. If you forget to add a bottle to your backpack, you can order the water at any of the mountain huts along the trails.

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There is magic in the water of South Tyrol.

11. A Sun-Drenched Paradise with Mountain-size Mood Swings

South Tyrol bathes in 300 days of sunshine per year. All that heavenly light bestows on travelers an Alpine-Mediterranean oasis ripe for adventure and relaxation.

But even with its sunny disposition, South Tyrol’s weather can be a bit unpredictable. This should be no surprise considering majestic Alpine peaks punctuate nearly every corner. Travelers simply need to be mindful of this when embarking on outdoor adventures.

It’s best to pack rain gear or snow gear depending on when you’re visiting. Rain can occur anytime during the spring, summer and fall. Snow is less predictable. However, if you are visiting anytime from October through May there’s a chance you’ll be encountering old man winter.

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When snow arrives unexpectedly it is a sight to behold.

We were once caught in a spring rainstorm while hiking along a Waalweg. When we set out on the trail, it was a picture-perfect day with just a few clouds lingering above us. Two hours later that all changed. The rain came out of nowhere. An ungodly amount of it. Then it turned to snow. We were forced to sprint for 15 minutes to a hut set off the trail.

Fortunately, the host at the hut removed the chill from our bones with ample amounts of Schnapps. That, of course, led to another unanticipated adventure: hiking back to the trailhead on liquor-challenged legs.

Much of South Tyrol’s beauty stems from opposing forces of nature. It’s important to wear the proper gear and be mindful of weather conditions as we noted above. That means hiking in sandals isn’t wise and venturing onto questionable cliffs or unmarked areas is just plain stupid. You don’t need to risk injury or your life to capture that next rock star Instagram photo.

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Like all mountainous areas, South Tyrol’s weather can rapidly change. Be smart. Be prepared.

Our South Tyrol Travel Resources includes a packing list that helps ensure you stay safe while consuming South Tyrol’s great outdoors. At a minimum, we recommend tossing an umbrella or compact poncho in your backpack when visiting in the spring, summer and fall. We genuinely want you to have the adventure of a lifetime and that means using common sense and respecting nature.

12. Matters of Money

The currency in South Tyrol is the Euro. We recommend obtaining Euros from an ATM (called Bancomat) or bank when in Italy. ATMs are abundant. Even in South Tyrol’s most quaint villages. The majority of shops, restaurants and hotels accept ATM cards and credit cards. Don’t bother exchanging your cash at an exchange booth in an airport as you will not receive the best deal.

If you’re ever not clear on the true cost of an item when looking at its price, download a money-converting app onto your smartphone. There are plenty of free ones in your app store.

South Tyrol is incredibly credit card friendly. In most cases, you can get by at all times by using a credit card with a chip. However, we recommend carrying some cash as it’s much easier when making a purchase at a street or trailside food stand or at any of the many open-air markets you’ll no doubt want to explore.

If you’re visiting during the holiday season, bring cash to South Tyrol’s Christmas markets. None of the stalls accept credit cards from our experience.

When selecting a credit card for your trip be sure to understand if it charges international transaction fees. We recommend using a card that doesn’t charge any, but you may have a card that offers other perks that outweigh any fees incurred while visiting South Tyrol.

Since we’re talking about money you may be wondering how expensive it is to visit South Tyrol. The region is surprisingly affordable. Prices are only slightly higher than in Italy on average. You can find a wealth of accommodations fitting a wide range of budgets and tastes. If you want to save money easily, simply stay off the beaten path in less touristy areas.

Tipping is not expected in South Tyrol; however, it is common to round up the bill if you had a pleasant experience.

Bonus: South Tyrol’s 5th Season

Since we’re talking about nature, let’s discuss seasons. South Tyrol has five of them. All are immeasurably enjoyable in their own way, but there is one that stands apart from the others: Törggelen. Törggelen is an age-old tradition that celebrates South Tyrol’s wine harvest. It begins in October and ends around the start of the Christmas season.

During Törggelen, South Tyrol’s farmers introduce their new wines. These festive celebrations include pairings with roasted chestnuts and traditional South Tyrolean dishes. And best of all, live music inspires a jovial atmosphere that is as infectious as the wine being poured.

Out of all the things to do in South Tyrol, Törggelen ranks near the top of must-have experiences.

If you can time your South Tyrol vacation during Törggelen, you’ll get to experience a historic cultural treasure that rivals the scenery around you. Hotels and inns book up fast during the Törggelen season so be sure to secure your accommodations well in advance. Tip: Pair your Törggelen experience with a transhumance festival, which also takes place through autumn.

⇒ Plan Your Visit: Grab our South Tyrol + Dolomites Travel Guide

A Land So Fiercely Enchanting You’ll Be Back

The final thing we’d like to share with you is a friendly word of caution. After visiting South Tyrol, you may just fall in love. Hard. South Tyrol is a place where the land, the people and their passions capture your heart. Forever.

If you’re like us, you may toss out your travel wish list and put South Tyrol at the center of all your adventures.

Don’t fret trying to see all of South Tyrol during your visit. You won’t be able to. Pick 2 to 3 main areas to explore and trust that you will be back.

Creating a list of things to see and do while vacationing in South Tyrol could swallow up all the pages on the Internet, but we hope the insight above helps you embark on an unforgettable trip. Follow us on social media to discover more of the wonders of South Tyrol.

Ensure a Positively Awesome Trip to South Tyrol

Finally, if you have crafted a South Tyrol itinerary, but are not positive it’s the best it could be, we can help. We know how overwhelming it is to make an itinerary with second and third-hand sources.

If you’re concerned about missing key destinations, experiences and hidden gems, our itinerary review service will better align your interests and smooth out logistics to maximize your time and money during your travels in South Tyrol. Click here to learn more about our South Tyrol Itinerary Review Service.

27 thoughts on “12 Things to Know Before Visiting South Tyrol & the Dolomites”

  1. Hi, my husband is a big military buff and I was curious if there were any tours available around Hitler & the Nazis traveling through South Tyrol?

    • Hi Michele – I am not aware of any specific WWII tours, but I am a military buff as well and have collected some articles about South Tyrol during World War I and World War II. I will email them to you as they provide details on sites you can see, etc. Fierce battles were fought in the Dolomites in WWI and parts of South Tyrol were also impacted by WWII.


  2. This is a wonderful post filled with all the reasons I love Südtirol. I’ve been twice to this area and am planning to go back in 2019 — but for a longer period of time. I love Kastelruth and San Vigilio di Marebbe!

    • Thank you! Glad to hear you have been twice and our going back next year! We always tell every traveler once is not enough. South Tyrol always pulls you back!

  3. I’ve never heard of South Tyrol but looking at these photos,really looke like a paradise. The perfect view from the vine yard, the stunning mountains, the locals, and their delicious foods are indeed worth a try.Everything sounds perfect here! Thanks for sharing!

  4. How incredibly gorgeous. Your shots of the outdoors are spectacular. I’m not familiar with South Tyrol, but I’m really excited about the delicious wines, dishes and desserts. Out of curiosity, what is Ladin? How easy is it to get around as an English speaker? Very informative. Great article!

    • Thank you! It is very easy to get around as an English speaker. Knowing some German or Italian helps make it more rewarding. Ladin is an ancient language that originated from Latin. Hope you get to visit. You’ll love it!

      • Hello, my husband and I absolutely luv Sth Tyrol. We visited in 2019 and used Bolzano as our base, after travelling from Milan by train. We are not confident driving in Italy as we’re from Australia and we drive on opposite side of road and car. I found your website after listening to the Untold Italy podcast, which was very informative. We had booked to return last year, but sadly cancelled due to COVID. Have travelled all over Italy, but this area is incredibly beautiful and we hoot to return as soon as possible. In the meantime, I’m enjoying reading your travel tips and inspiration. Thx again, Karen, Sydney Australia 😄

        • Thank you Karen for taking the time to share such a lovely comment! Thrilled to hear you and your husband plan to return to South Tyrol once this madness is all over! If you have any questions as you plan your next adventure, please feel free to reach out.

  5. I have always wanted to visit the Alps. This is a side of them I didn’t even know existed. Thanks for sharing. The Speck sound yummy and with some local wine, it sounds like heaven. Now I can’t wait to visit.

  6. Great photos. I never knew they spoke so many different languages there. I also definitely need to visit to get some of those wines!

  7. Oh wow…that looks beautiful. We are headed to Italy in the summer and will be trying to add this to our destination list now.

    Mike Reid

  8. Never heard of South Tyrol but you really got me with what it can offer to enjoy during a vacation. I really love the view of the mountains that is so relaxing, the delicious food and wine, and the very welcoming people here. I really love this very informative post of yours, thanks for sharing!

  9. I’ve never heard of this but you sold it to me well. I’ve fallen in love with South Tyrol. I just love this type of way of life— Farm to table, slow down, nature, hikes and whatnot— wine. I love it already. Definitely taking my family here for next vacation.

    • We’re so excited you’ve decided to make South Tyrol your vacation! If you haven’t accessed already, be sure to take advantage of our free South Tyrol Travel Resources Library. It’s packed with useful tips to make planning easier and save you time and money! Please let us know if you have questions as you plan your trip. You’re going to never want to leave South Tyrol!

  10. Only last summer, end of summer actually, we were in Tyrol in a beautiful small town called westerndorf. Then we spent a few more days in Innsbruck and surroundings. and boy did we enjoy? It is definitely a haven for photography. We also did not find language was any constraint. I can say that most people we interacted with spoke English.

  11. South Tyrol looks really beautiful! I especially love that there are lots of places to go to for food and wine! Thanks for the ATM tip too!

  12. I love the South Tyrol region, one of my favourite places in Europe for hiking, good food and photography. Its not over touristy so I usually come here once every two years. Just totally fell in love with this region and cant wait to get back there. Love your photos, making me wanderlusting again at work 😀

  13. South Tyrol certainly is a well kept secret. I’d never heard of it before this post! It looks so magical. I’m a total mountain-lover, so this is my kind of destination. Add in wine and it’s a dream! 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  14. What wonderful images. I think we forget that in general, field to fork is a way of life for farming communities around the world. It’s great to be reminded from time to time – and to try the foods that haven’t really changed in centuries.

  15. Ah I did not know that South Tyrol people speak German, partially. I love the idea of trying wines native to the area, apart from of course, Pinot Grigio, one of my favorite kinds of wine. The region looks gorgeous!

  16. You made fall in love with Tyrol. I regret not having ventured into Tyrol during my 17 days holiday in Italy some years back. The wine scene is indeed tempting, need to time my next visit in the 5th season if ever it happens. 🙂

  17. I had no idea that South Tyrol existed and now I want to go! Italy has always been on my “list” of places to go, but with the mountains this adds a whole new layer. Between the wine, the farm to table fare and the beauty of nature…sign me up!!!!!

  18. I thought you had me at the wines. But then I read on and stumbled upon Loacker. How I miss the best wafer in the world!!! As the commercial goes: “Loacker che bontà” – seriously!! And then, when I thought nothing could make me salivate more, I read the words roasted chestnuts. And a deep nostalgia for fall in northern Italy hit me. Thank yu for the good memories (now I’m hungry!).

  19. Wow, I’ve never heard of South Tyrol before but I’m very interested now. I’m glad the hiking trails are clearly marked as I’m terrible with directions!

  20. 300 days of sunshine sounds so much like home. The images of South Tyrol are unbelievably beautiful. Wonder if English is an acceptable language there?

    • Many South Tyroleans speak English, but it is not as common as in other parts of Italy. The fun is setting English aside and trying to get by on German or Italian! Very easy to enjoy your time in South Tyrol without having to be fluent in either one.

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