|Alpe di Siusi|
I got back from South Tyrol last night - it was fabulous! I have never really been anywhere like it, a wonderful combination of Mediterranean landscape and the Alps. South Tyrol was originally part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and then annexed to Italy at the end of World War I. Today it is an autonomous province of Italy but remains a fascinating blend of two cultures that, as the South Tyroleans I met pointed out, is actually a culture all of its own. It was weird yet so wonderful to be in this truly breathtaking part of Italy, drinking great wine and stocking up on the aceto balsamico again, and yet eating dumplings and speaking German!
I'm writing about the trip for Cosmo and will put a link up here when the article is live. But while I do that and sift through the thousands of pics I took, here are a few to show you. And yes, mostly of food (hello, it is me! If you love food and wine you will be in paradise in South Tyrol!):
|Not a gluten-free weekend ;)|
|Dumplings I made in a cooking class at one of the mountain farms|
|Beautiful wine - this was chilled to perfection on a 39 degree day!|
|Hydrangeas at Trauttmansdorff gardens|
|The view from the Witches Benches on Bullaccia/Puflatsch mountain|
|Enjoying locally made prosecco at a mountain farm|
|We made our own herbal tea at the Pflegerhof herb farm|
There are more pics of my South Tyrol trip on my instagram - @travelling_philbury
Have you ever been to South Tyrol?