Make the most of your stay in South Tyrol by exploring this fascinating region at your own pace. With a total area of nearly 7,500 square kilometres, South Tyrol is one of Italy's most diverse regions. In addition to magnificent natural attractions, this area is stepped in history, has an interesting cultural heritage, and is packed with entertaining activities for visitors of all ages. Here are some excursion suggestions so that you can see the best of South Tyrol during your next holiday.
Explore South Tyrol's magical landscapes
Beyond the mountains that surround Val Gardena, visitors will find a wealth of natural attractions that showcase the very best of this region. With a vertical drop of 75 metres and pumping up to 10,000 litres of water per second, the Parcines waterfall is one of nature's most spectacular shows. Nearby, the Sopranes Lakes dot the landscape and make for a great day trip. At GeoParc Bletterbach, a 280 million-year-old canyon runs for 8 kilometres and is one of the top hiking and cycling destinations in South Tyrol.
Towns and cities
With their elegant architecture and picturesque setting, South Tyrol's medieval towns and mountain villages are great day trip destinations in their own right. Cosmopolitan Bolzano is a delightful city for culture and arts lovers. The capital of South Tyrol is home to museums, art galleries, music festivals, concert halls, and theatres, not to mention the great shopping opportunities available at Bolzano's street markets and pretty arcades.
Nearby Klausen is a heaven for artists, wine-lovers, and photographers. This medieval mountain village is one of Italy's most beautiful rural retreats. Brixen's baroque buildings and excellent restaurants are a compulsory stop, and so are the imposing castles at Trauttmansdorff, Bruneck, or Churburg.
Gastronomic tours and excursions
A holiday in South Tyrol is a gourmet culinary experience. Here you can sample the rich and flavourful local cuisine at Michelin-starred restaurants in San Cassiano, Ortisei, Merano, and Klausen, or go on a wonderful winery tour through the award-winning local vineyards.
South Tyrol produces the world-famous Gewürztraminer, as well as rich red wines like Kalterersee and Lagrein. The Eisack Valley and Santa Magdalena are great starting points for culinary-themed excursions.
Family-friendly excursions in South Tyrol
Children and adults will love the ride up the Dolomites on the cable car that takes you to the summit of Mount Seceda. At Val Senales' ArcheoParc, children will be able to experience what life was like in these valleys thousands of years ago by learning pottery making and archery. Other hands-on educational excursions include visiting the Steger Sawmill Museum and the Loden Fabric and Costume Museum.