Trip to South Tyrol

Here I am with my promised post about another escape to a beautiful place on this planet: South Tyrol. Although it sounds like it was a part of the Austrian federal state Tyrol, it is not.

First, I would like to start with some facts:

South Tyrol (GermanSüdtirolItalianAlto AdigeLadinSüdtirol) is an autonomous province in northern Italy, one of the two that make up the autonomous region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.[4] The province is the northernmost of Italy, the second largest, with an area of 7,400 square kilometres (2,857 sq mi) and has a total population of 531,178 inhabitants as of 2019. Its capital and largest city is Bolzano (German: Bozen; Ladin: Balsan or Bulsan).The Atlas Tyrolensis, showing the entire County of Tyrol, printed in Vienna. 1774

According to the 2011 census, 62.3% of the population speaks German as first language (Standard German in the written form and an Austro-Bavarian dialect in the spoken form); 23.4% of the population speaks Italian, mainly in and around the two largest cities (Bolzano and Merano); 4.1% speaks Ladin, a Rhaeto-Romance language; 10.2% of the population (mainly recent immigrants) speaks another language natively.

It was also a major issue under Mussolini and later under the Nazi regime. After World War II, it was decided that South Tyrol would remain Italian territory, which led to many riots and uprisings. There were countless bloody terrorist attacks because the majority of the South Tyrolean population felt they belonged to Austria and thus fought back.

The issue was resolved in 1971, when a new Austro-Italian treaty was signed and ratified. It stipulated that disputes in South Tyrol would be submitted for settlement to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, that the province would receive greater autonomy within Italy, and that Austria would not interfere in South Tyrol’s internal affairs. The new agreement proved broadly satisfactory to the parties involved, and the separatist tensions soon eased.

The new autonomous status, granted from 1972 onwards, has resulted in a considerable level of self-government,[19] also due to the large financial resources of South Tyrol, retaining almost 90% of all levied taxes.

For more (historic) details please read the whole article

But now to our weekend trip. First I will show photos of the ride through breathtaking, completely different areas. We crossed two mountain passes: the Flüela Pass and the Oven Pass. I wish we could have stopped to take photos at each place where I was positively overwhelmed by the fall colors. But at least I got a few:

Next, you will see photos of Merano and its magnificent Trauttmannsdorff Castle (the autumn residence of Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) of Austria). This castle is surrounded by a huge botanical garden with a variety of plants and themed areas in a partially terraced arrangement. A walk through the entire garden would take an entire afternoon. Although I am afraid of heights, I managed to walk over one of the two viewing platforms. It was more than worth the attempt.

The following photos show the beautiful little town of Bolzano/Bozen. It is only half an hour away from Merano, where we had our hotel.

Besides the beautiful landscape, I have been more than impressed that on almost every smaller hill or rock, there is a castle or church. We visited one of these castles on the way back. It belongs to Tyrol, a village that towers directly over Merano. To avoid confusion with the Austrian province of “Tyrol”, the village is called “Village Tyrol”. The name of the castle is also Tyrol. We went there in the morning when it was still cloudy. But we were so lucky that later in the morning, the sun came out again.

South Tyrol is a jewel. It was the first time I visited it consciously. I am sure it was not the last time.

In Love and Light

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There are so many beautiful places in a radius of 3 to 4 hours, and still so many to discover. South Tyrol is special since it appears to me like a combination of the rural mountain areas of western Austria or southern Germany and the Mediterranean Italy. Btw. we were to Bavaria in October. I think it was Monday when I posted about it.

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You say it, Holly. It scares me a lot to see what only this year happened as a consequence of how we treated nature… and still, the changes are happening to slow or not at all…

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Its a wonderful region, and i remember my first alcohol abuse with “Kalterer See” (for all the other readers a wonderful wine), in the age of sixteen. Lol xx Michael – P.S.: Five years later i was prepared, and during a visit in Greece, neither Metaxa, Ouzo nor any other kind of alcoholic beverage was able to harm me. 😉

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I’m back too. my computer took another dive. And I’m sure I’m being blocked. In fact Spirit even nudged me about ‘packing things’ again. Where oh where am I going? Lol, I must need to go on a wander like you, the colors are amazing and in that last set of photo’s the old buildings and their energy is very strong. They’ve, and their tenants, have been through some big stuff…and the views went on forever. I take it that shot with a pylon either side of the picture must be your palace Erika, a view from one of your terraces. And the last shot had shafts of light from the heavens coming down into the valley, they must get a special visitor. Great views 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋 😂 🤣

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To be honest, I felt that too what you said about the former tenants of the castle. It often gives me a feeling of trepidation when visiting old castles. In this case, history proves that the area went through quite a lot of battles.
I agree, that one photo you mentioned shows such a special view. I love such views and I did think, if I had lived on this castle, this would have been my favorite spot. You know me well, Mark.
I hope your computer has enough energy for a while after the reanimation 😄

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All I could see was 1’s and 0’s pouring out onto the ground, and all I did was press a button…just one! Hopefully it is now feeling better 🤣
Europe does have some amazing places, they have been through some incredible times to create what they have. Australia is only new in that side of it but the land is ancient. As a teenager I saw the floods wash away this old shale bed and expose a fossilized snail shell that was at least 18 inches (45cm) across. It was an amazing thing to see 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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Maybe there is even more nature history to discover right because, Austriala was left alone longer than Europe. Amazing, what you are telling about that shell!

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Yes, I think the dinosaurs were too big ‘down under’ so civilization didn’t come our way for a long time 🤣 Mind you I think they have found that the aboriginal people have been here for over 40,000 years. Maybe they kept everyone out to keep it as natural as possible. But, us Europeans have only been here 200 years and look at the mess already 😱

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