Why South Tyrol is like Italy’s own Shangri-La; Rachel Truman; Telegraph

Italy – The Dolomites

The best of Alpine and Mediterranean traditions collide in South Tyrol. Italy’s most northerly province hits all the high notes with its idyllic scenery, world-class hiking and intriguing local culture

Head north of Venice and you’ll find one of Italy’s most beautiful and intriguing destinations. With its jagged peaks and dense forests, South Tyrol looks and sounds like it should be in neighbouring Austria. In fact, German is the predominant language.

The steep craggy peaks of this part of Italy, which edges Austria to the north, Switzerland to the west, were the scene of fierce mountain warfare during the First World War, after which South Tyrol became part of Italy, albeit a semi-autonomous part.

Aside from the absurdly beautiful scenery of the Dolomites, the food, language, architecture and traditions have a distinct blend of alpine and Italian. Largely inaccessible until recently, it’s like discovering a secret part of Europe: one where the best of Alpine and Mediterranean traditions collide to create a unique culture.

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