Do you like the idea of roosters crowing, mountain bells chiming, thick slabs of rich yellow home-churned butter, foamy milk just brought in from the barn, a breakfast of home made cheese, the freshest soft boiled eggs, speck and jam and the most breathtaking mountain views from the window? Then follow me.
You feel rested and restored after a good night's sleep in soft and cozy down blankets and hand carved wooden beds. The only sound you hear during breakfast is silence. Well, that is not exactly accurate. You might hear a few cows mooing, some goats bleating, some chicks clucking, lots of birds singing, some bees buzzing. Perhaps even a tractor somewhere in the valley. But no cars, no airplanes, no kids.
Wait, what?? No kids?
Ok, you can probably hear your kids too. But no fighting or screaming or crying. Just distant laughter from the meadow, where they are playing among the flowers with the farm's Saint Bernard. I kid you not. While you enjoy your hot cup of coffee, they will be outdoors amusing themselves, no supervision needed. The worst that can happen is a close encounter with a pony or a calf.
This is not a dream, this is reality. This is South Tyrol.
|Nebbia came hiking with us|
If you read my previous post, you already know we went off to look for the Easter Bunny. In our quest, we headed towards South Tyrol, or Alto Adige, an autonomous province in the already autonomous region of Trentino Alto Adige. This area was annexed to Italy from Austria-Hungary after the First World War and was part of the larger historical County of Tyrol. Most of the population of the area still speaks German, or an Austro Bavarian dialect, as its first language and the traditions of the area are strongly reminiscent of those of their Geman speaking neighbors. Thus the Easter Egg hunting and the Easter Bunny.
This just happens to be one of those places where you can still escape crowds, traffic, pollution, where you can revel in the beauty of nature. The food is wonderful and pretty much everything you eat is organic and local (and when I say local, I mean it was grown, made, cured, milked or hunted literally a few hundred feet from your bedroom).
There are vineyards and cellars all over for wine lovers. You can do almost any sport imaginable or you can sit back and relax in a Spa if you are feeling lazy. There is no shortage of museums, castles and towns to visit. Needelss to say, everything is organized, orderly and clean. Prices are extremely reasonable, children are welcome everywhere and catered to 100%.