There is a part of Europe that I would say has a particular specialness about it, one you should consider visiting! That place would be S?dtirol (South Tirol) in the northern part of Italy. Most people usually emphasize the rest of Italy and its wonderful historical sites in Rome, Venice, etc. – but there are some gems in the north that cannot go unnoticed.
In S?dtirol, there are many small, quaint villages that provide perfect holiday getaways for people with a range of vacation tastes. Many of them are settled on mountain-sides, which gives way to opportunities for outdoor sports such as skiing and snowboarding in the winter time. During all other seasons there are plenty of hiking trails to choose from and farm-grown delectables to try.
History seems to permeate S?dtirolian villages and inspires wonder and excitement; the cracks and orange shingled roofs of the buildings charms and allures visitors. The hub of each village, its “city center,” is easily recognized upon walking along the winding cobblestone streets, through alleys with whimsical arches and into inviting courtyards.
It’s simply so peaceful there. While taking advantage of long walks up any one of the mountains, I would bump into amiable Italian, Austrian and S?dtirolian tourists and residents, and exchange greetings in each other’s languages with smiles. On the way down the mountain, I would gaze at the spectacular view of the valley and mountain range, and smell the cows, grass and pizza wafting in the warm or crisp air (depending on the season). All in all, it is a truly refreshing experience, one I myself like to repeat again soon.