The Alto Adige/Südtirol province is an enchanted place with a variety of landscapes that range from alpine peaks to Mediterranean vineyards. The unique beauty of the mountainous terrain earned this section of the Dolomites a designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. South Tyrol (Südtirol) is known for specialty products like apples and wine that benefit from the area’s 300 days of sunshine and the centuries-old expertise of its farmers. It is also one of the most treasured regions in Europe, where respect for tradition goes hand in hand with a air for innovation and design. What are you waiting for? The time has come to discover this gorgeous region and its abundant resources.
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The Alto Adige/Südtirol is the northernmost province in Italy, near the Swiss and Austrian borders. It is a land of three cultures where German, Italian and Ladin are all spoken. The topography is remarkably varied with mountains, lakes and vineyards in the Dolomites. The landscape is also strewn with chateaux and farms. Alto Adige South Tyrol is fascina- ting for the diversity of its landscapes as well as for a singular lifestyle that blends the sensibilities of the Alps and the Mediterranean. Without a doubt, the people of South Tyrol are what make it special. After all, three cultures, three languages and three lifestyles coexist here: German is the native language for 70% of the 500,000 inhabitants, while 25% speak Italian and 5% speak Ladin.
PLAN A VACATION IN THE DOLOMITES
The architect Le Corbusier and the mountaineer Reinhold Messner agree on at least one thing: the Dolomites are the most beautiful natural creation in the world. A vacation in the Dolomites will introduce you to the overwhelming beauty at the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Dolomites are a massif of the Alps that stretches to the northern Italian provinces of South Tyrol, Trentino and Belluno and culminate at a height of 3,343 m at Marmolada. The South Tyrolean portion of the Dolomites is full of recreational opportunities, from sports like hiking, biking and skiing to culinary treasures served in extraordinary rifugios. The Alpe di Siusi / Seiser Alm region is home to the most expansive high mountain pastures in Europe with spectacular views of the Schlern massif. South Tyrol offers more than sunny adventures on pristine snow. This place is a state of mind that lends itself to recreation, relaxation, gourmet experiences and conviviality. South Tyrol really is heaven for winter sports enthusiasts thanks to its many options and modern infrastructure, including cutting-edge gondolas and funicular lifts thanks to the top-notch ski-lift manufacturers based in the region.
• Christmas markets go green
From November 25, 2016 to January 6, 2017, the main towns of South Tyrol will set up their traditional Christmas markets. Head to Bolzano/ Bozen, Bressanone/Brixen, Brunico/Bruneck, Merano/Meran or Vipiteno/Sterzing to sample regional products, authentic cuisine, local arts and crafts and traditional acoustic music. The markets will also opt for responsible waste management, making these “green events” where plastic is prohibited. When tradition and sustainable development team up, even Santa Claus is impressed.
• Alpine cuisine: the best flavours
When you dine at a farm or cabin perched at 2,000 m, the avours evoke the essence and commitment of people who live each day in communion with nature. Here, the simple,authentic dishes convey the true taste of the mountains. High quality at a high altitude: inspired and inventive chefs reinterpret classics with modern air. From the eld to your fork, the cook is the farmer and the farmer works at the service of gourmet experiences. Each season and each valley reflect the variety of the harvest. In April and May, the spotlight is on white asparagus. In June, the first orchards fruits begin to emerge. In August, your plate will be filled with herbs from the prairies. The outstanding quality of the ingredients and the refined ways in which they are prepared led the region to receive 22 Michelin stars for 19 restaurants – not to mention a bevy of Gault-Millau “toques”. The numbers are impressive for a region of barely half a million inhabitants.
ITALIAN DESIGN: MODERN AND REFINED
Progressive, elegant, bold, attractive, modern… they all describe the architecture of South Tyrol, which has seen a big boost in exceptional properties.
• The Adler Resorts property
Adler Mountain Lodge (www.adler-lodge.com), opened in 2014. It sits high in the mountains at 1,800 m in the heart of the Dolomites. The local architecture firm Hugo & Hanspeter Demetz used natural building materials from the area and sustainable construction techniques to create this luxurious, 30-room hotel. The main building houses the lobby, a cavernous lounge area with a replace, a vast, sunny terrace, a restaurant, spa and tness facilities, an in nity swimming pool and 18 suites, all of which serve up panoramic views of the Dolomites.
• Guis La Residenza Designhotel
Nestled amidst the vineyards of South Tyrol near the shores of Lake Caldaro/Kaltern, this four-star hotel combines lifestyle and high design (www.designhotel-kaltern.com). The “home away from home” cultivates a relaxed ambiance in an elegant, esthetic setting. The hotel was thoughtfully designed to feature local and natural materials, such as oak and slate. All rooms boast immense, two-person bathtubs at the foot of the bed, plus a separate, glass-walled bathroom. There is a private den in each room with an alcohol-free minibar and a “Gentlemen’s bar” with special grappas and whiskeys. Several rooms also have a private jacuzzi or swimming pool.
• Alpina Dolomites : Gardena Health Lodge and Spa
The Alpina Dolomites Gardena Health Lodge and Spa (www.alpinadolomites.com) is a five-star sanctuary that fosters health and wellness. This treasure in the Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm (the highest mountain pasture in Europe) has 56 rooms and indoor and outdoor swimming pools with unsurpassed views of the surrounding mountains. The outdoor pool was cleverly conceived to resemble a mountain lake. Luxurious, but truly health focused, the spa at Alpina Dolomites Gardena employs high-end skin products and invites guests to enjoy its aromatic bio-sauna and steam room. The spa can also create customized wellness regi- mens to stimulate the immune system. There are four restaurants and bars to delight your tastebuds, including the all-organic Mountain Restaurant; Stube for spa cuisine; and the Mountain Lodge and Bar with oor-to-ceiling windows. Come and feast your senses!