As a place to visit, the Italian Dolomites have everything to recommend them.
Located in the Trentino-Alto Adige area of Northern Italy, which shares its border with Austria and Switzerland, it is also known as South Tyrol, where the fabulous food, wine, scenery and culture are quite different to the rest of Italy.
Highly mountainous, in the winter season it is a popular skiing area, especially with the Italians who flock there in their droves for settimana bianca (white week).
In summer they visit for mountain climbing, hiking, cycling and even just to see the wonderful flowers.
Having visited in both early summer and mid-winter over the past year, I have been able to observe the contrasts in scenery and weather. But what remains constant is the fabulous food.
Speck, dairy produce, vegetables, fruit and great wines are par for the course and local dishes such as canedorli and apple strudel are on most menus.
When I visited in summer last year, the gentle sunshine and flower-filled meadows were a sight to behold. These gave way to snow in winter when I arrived with a large group of friends for settimana bianca which illustrated another type of beauty altogether.
Meeting at rifugi high in the mountains for lunch is a fantastic experience: culinary and visual bliss. A foodie paradise indeed!
Don’t stop here. We have lots more great information to share with you on the Trentino-Alto Adige region. Join the rest of our Italian bloggers group:
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FoodWineClick – Trentino-Alto Adige is Different: Goulash and Teroldego
Orna O’Reilly – The Italian Dolomites: A Foodie’s Paradise
Rockin Red Blog – Wine and Dine in Trentino-Alto Adige with #ItalianFWT
Enofylz Wine Blog – A Taste of Alto Adige – Cantina Terlano Classico
Cooking Chat – Italian wine with Indian Curry
The Palladian Traveler – Under Doctor’s Orders in the Trentino
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