That's my Dad, he came over to visit for Christmas
Mountains, mountains everywhere. Literally. They surround every inch of this scenic part of the country. Driving up to Merano from Milan felt like the beginning of a fairytale, I was just waiting for a knight in shining armour
Merano itself is a spa town know year-round for its thermal pools. With a quaint little stream running through the centre and charming Austrian-style architecture it’s a great place to spend the festive season. There were Christmas markets on every corner and children performing routines on the ice rink.
If you’ve got time then I highly recommend a trip up Vigiljoch Mountain in neighbouring Lana. We did so on Christmas Day and it was definitely one to remember starting with a cable car ride up to 1,300m before hopping into little chairs for an open air experience to climb the final 600m.
The air was clear, the sky was blue and the views, well check them out…
A little church sat solitary on a hill chiming out its bells across the hills...
And children played on the ice of the frozen lake...
Afraid I might fall through, I preferred the swing.
We had a hire car for our leg of the trip in order to visit neighbouring towns like Bolzano and Bressanone. Merano itself is small enough to walk everywhere yet I’m certain you’ll want to explore past its borders, look how charming these places were too.
The main street of Bolzano
Christmas markets in Bolzano
The church in Bolzano
The very Austrian architecture of Bolzano
The church in Bressanone
It’s safe to say I returned from my Christmas trip several kilos heavier. There is so much great food in this region and whilst not all traditionally Italian, it’s just as enjoyable with its German/Austrian influence. There were plenty of pizzas, schnitzels and cold meats and cheeses. If you’re here at Christmas time, then the mulled wine is second to none too. Sorry no photos, we were too busy eating!
Whilst there was no snow in the region (the first year in many), I certainly had myself a merry little Christmas in this winter wonderland.
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Photos by Krissie.