At first glance, the foods of Trentino-Alto Adige aren't usually recognizable to outsiders – some of the names don't even sound stereotypically Italian. The northeast region, home to the majestic Dolomites, borders Austria and here, German is the mother tongue – but these foods and recipes are just as Italian as Parmigiano-Reggiano. Speck is the be...

Imagine a tree that has lived for 2,000 years, a tree we can see and touch today and that was already here when the world as we know it today didn’t exist.  Such a tree, or actually, three of them, can be found in the Val d’Ultimo of South Tyrol, an enchanted valley near Merano in northern Italy, a traditional Tyrolean valley with ancient farms, gr...

San Genesio is a sunny panoramic terrace quickly reached from Bolzano via the road of the same name or by public transport (bus or cable car). In spring, you can admire the crocuses in bloom; in summer, you can rest from the city's heat and enjoy the coolness in the shade of a larch tree; in autumn, the landscape is full of colours. In winter, ever...

The wines of Trentino-Alto Adige are among both Italy's most popular and obscure. From a wine point of view, Trentino and Alto Adige (also known as South Tyrol) are very different. The first is known for excellent Classic Method sparkling wines made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and the region's native vines like Teroldego and Nosiola.  The bottle...

What strikes you first when you reach the Sanctuary of San Romedio is its spectacular position: it stands on, and in part it is one with, a 70-meter-high rocky spur at the bottom of a canyon. Located in Trentino’s Val di Non, it is one of the main attractions of this valley located north-west of the regional capital of Trento, famous for the Melind...

Unknown among these known, the Excavations of Oplontis in Torre Annunziata (Naples), included in the fantastic complex of the more famous Pompeii and Herculaneum, admitted in the UNESCO list in 1997. The ancient Oplontis often goes unnoticed by the ruins visitors and tourists. It rises into the city centre of Torre Annunziata. In the past, it was a...

As a passionate hiker, I especially love hiking Italy’s Dolomites, where I have explored quite a bit. I wasn’t prepared though for the spectacle that is Val Badia, one of the most important destinations of the Unesco-inscribed Dolomites, where I spent a few days this summer. Extending for about 16 km from the massive Sella group to the Puster Valle...

Want to live la dolce vita on your honeymoon? Head to one of the most romantic destinations in the world: Italy. From relaxing seaside resorts to glamorous metropolitan cities, the European country that gave us pizza, pasta and so much more offers something for every kind of traveler.  “In Italy, you can have a really varied itinerary, and travelin...

These are new ring routes, with little elevation gain, that invite you to explore small villages, streams and farms by bike. The Easy Bike Rings, marked along the bike path, intersect each other offering the cyclist the freedom to ride a single ring, then return to the starting point, or to make a longer tour exploring one ring after the other. The...

The Dolomites constitute the eastern part of the Alpine Mountain Range, and are one of the 55 Italian sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The zone recognized as composing UNESCO covers 141,903 hectares and three regions (Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia) and five provinces (Trento, Bolzano, Belluno, Pordenone and Udine); i...