Vicenza and surroundings where Andrea Palladio, the great architect, radically modified the architectural layout of Vicenza and bestowed upon the Veneto region true works of art, including monuments and Villas (La Rotonda, Villa Valmarana), many of which are on the list of the list of UNESCO Heritage of Humanity. Verona and Treviso are true jewels of art.
Veneto is also home of superb wines: the wine history of the Veneto region is very long, even the Romans appreciated the wines produced in this area. Veneto is among the foremost wine-producing regions, both for quality and quantity. The region has over 20 DOC zones: the Valpolicella, near Lake Garda where the world famous Amarone and Recioto wines are made, Conegliano Veneto is one of the principal wine villages of the Prosecco wine country, the Valdobbiadene.
TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE / SUD TYROL AND DOLOMITES
Dolomites area is a winning combination of open air activities, fine food, and award winner wines which are undoubtedly the area’s strong points. Local traditions are another strong, fascinating and very interesting point of this area which is also home of the Ladin people: nowadays they are around 30.00 people who maintain their own language, they proudly keep their traditions and wear their traditional costumes, while they runs the most important business of their land, best hotels, best wineries, ski schools.
Travelling through the Alto Adige and Dolomites areas you will discover a completely different Italy, you will travel close to Austrian borders and you will discover small untouched villages where time seems to be stopped, ancient Castles up on the hills, verdant valleys and vineyards.
Dolomites, the most fascinating mountains in Europe, UNESCO Universal Heritage of Humanity, offer a wide range of open air activities in addition to skiing. Hikers and nordic walking lovers can follow their passion on more than 80 km of beaten tracks. From the very simple path in the valley to the most demanding tracks on the high mountain, they all are well signposted and rich in charm. For those who love winter landscapes we remind also the snowshoe walking. A white expanse of snow, the silence of the woods: a real winter adventure. We have local knowledge and we have hand picked a selected number of local Italian ski instructors to ensure our clients have a great holiday.
For ski lovers we propose different ski vacation packages, above all we love sharing our ski experience and our knowledge of these places with our clients offering skiing and travel advices. The Dolomites area, including Cortina,Val Gardena, Val Badia,Val di Fassa and Madonna di Campiglio, offers a huge variety on ski runs to satisfy every level of ability and enjoyment, the area is home to the Dolomite Superski circuit which has 1,200km of slopes and 460 ski lifts and people can ski a new run every day.
The area of Dolomites/Alto Adige-Sud Tyrol is the Italian province with the most Michelin stars, a total of 17 restaurants in Alto Adige/Sud Tyrol were distinguished with at least one Michelin star, three establishments even received two. Considering the relatively small population this is a considerable achievement.
The traditional cuisine of the Dolomites area is simple, savory and made from fresh, genuine ingredients and our expert chefs will be happy to teach traditional recipes such as turtres (pancakes stuffed with spinach or cabbage), cajincì (crescents stuffed with potatoes, spinach or cheese), strudel or furtaies (a delicious sweet pastry).
Alto Adige/Sud Tyrol is one of Europe’s oldest wine-growing regions in which over 20 top quality international grape varieties flourish in around 5,000 hectares of vineyard. The varietal wines Gewürztraminer, Lagrein and Vernatsch are originally South Tyrolean, as are the generic wines St. Magdalener and Lago di Caldaro/Kalterersee.
Alto Adige has re-confirmed its status as a top wine-growing region, although it only accounts for 1% of Italy’s total wine production, almost 8 % of the awards went to South Tyrol. A success unrivalled by any other Italian wine producing region.
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