The Alpine region of South Tyrol has an area of 7,400 square km and a surprisingly varied climate and landscape, culture and cuisine.
Valle Isarco to the north
has great scope for numerous mountain sports along the central Alpine mountain chain with stunning trails, mountain huts, refuges and award-winning restaurants.
To the east of Val Pusteria and Val Gardena is the winter sports paradise of the Dolomites UNESCO World Natural Heritage.
To the south, you sense that you are closer to the Mediterranean Trentino region
and Lake Garda
. The sun and the vineyards near Lago di Caldaro (the warmest swimming lake in the Alps) influence and shape this area. To the west, between Merano and environs and Passo Resia on the border with Austria and Switzerland, is Val Venosta with its high glaciers, wildlife parks and mountain passes.
Throughout South Tyrol you are within striking distance of spectacular and memorable destinations, from the Dolomites with the Three Peaks of Lavaredo to the Stelvio national park with Monte Ortles, the rocky earth pyramids of Renon and Lago di Braies near Sesto. South Tyrol also has the largest high Alpine plateau in Europe, the Alpe di Siusi near Castelrotto, the Messner Mountain Museums
(five in all), Castel Roncolo in Bolzano, Monastero di Sabiona near Chiusa, Bolzano Cathedral, the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle and much more.