Trentino-Alto Adige

Fodara Vedla

Fodara Vedla

South-Tyrol, Italy

The walk to reach malga Fodara Vedla is the kind of gift we would like to give our children every autumn Sunday. Intersecting Altavia, which crosses the Dolomites from Braies to Belluno, you pass virgin woods, enjoy the first snow of the season, and grit your teeth on the steepest paths. As a reward, a delicious genuine mountain meal prepared and served by the descendants of grandpa Hans. He was a baker in San Vigilio and during WWI he bought the place from the Austro-Hungarian troops. The Mutschlechner family will dine next to you, talkative and harmonious, when almost all wayfarers are back on their paths, as the sun is setting behind the mountaintops and your children are blissfully enjoying the last sips of their cocoas with whipped cream before resuming the walk. Open end of May until November.​

La Pedevilla

La Pedevilla

South-Tyrol, Italy

The warmth of the hygge helps the Danish endure the long Scandinavian winter. The word was coined by the Norwegian neighbours in 1700, and represents that mix of family harmony, attention for details and joie de vivre that makes us think nostalgically of our journeys to the North. Architects Caroline and Armin have their own idea of a hygge and, after you have lived among the larch-wood and arolla-pine wood walls of their cottage hanging to the mountainside, you will be delighted by it. You will take with you some of their style and peace, and make good use of it…

Berghoferin

Berghoferin

South Tyrol, Italy

Radein is a wonderful cul-de-sac. The curvy road ends between the mountain church and the school. We are over 1500 m, up the Adige Valley, along the Dolomites road, through the magic southern landscape with fertile valleys and mountains high above the woods. Here in Radein there is a classic sixties’ mountain hotel, which in fact is not just classic. At Berghoferin, vivid and dull greens, citron yellows, intense coral reds, plain mountain wools, and soft checks live together in a euphoria typical of youth but with a wisdom and measure acquired with age…

Gasthof Krone

Gasthof Krone

South Tyrol, Italy

This summer we visit the lowland of the Adige valley, because its simple nature reminds us of the Alaskan woods, and because here the cult of cuisine is widespread. At the end of the 19th century, ancient farm holdings became inns, then excellent mountain hotels. The grandmothers of the present owners went ‘a cucina’ (to learn cooking) at their own grandmothers’, and learnt whatever could be learnt. The Krone inn is renowned – both nearby and far away – for its delicacies served in the pacific terrace and in the beautiful 16th century lukewarm dining rooms, where the clergy-house bells toll. Herbs cream with flowers powder, salted Knödel with cheese, sweet apricot Knödel with cinnamon-flavoured breadcrumbs, traditional soups that smell like wine and juniper…

EDITOR’S PICKS

EDITOR’S PICKS

by Laura Taccari

I have the gift of writing. Writing is my duty. I write about stories, clothes, hotel rooms, but also feelings, fabrics, breakfasts and dreams. I write about wonders. I love traveling and discovering new things, traveling and understanding ancient truths. I love waking up every morning and making bread, shortbread, crunchy granola or experimenting apple pies. I love the North, an impeccable hospitality and a room that I can feel mine for a night…

Castel Fragsburg

Castel Fragsburg

South Tyrol, Italy

We climb to Castel Fragstburg among tidy man-made vineyards. We sit on the restaurant veranda of this old hunting castle on a day of autumn when the nature all around is red-coloured. They bring us a small “welcome dish”, salted butter with herbs and caramelised onions and “pleasant surprises” like Deer ravioli with chestnut and truffle sauce or Grey ox with fondue on Jerusalem artichoke cream. Our glasses are filled with the best wines. A unique lunch.

Vigilius Mountain Resort

Vigilius Mountain Resort

South Tyrol, Italy

A few minutes on the cable car take you to Vigilius or back to the valley. No matter if you’re surrounded by a veil of fog or clear sky, it will be a moment of transition. You have time and space to wind down at Vigilius Mountain Resort…

Ottmanngut Suite & Breakfast

Ottmanngut Suite & Breakfast

South Tyrol, Italy

What we will remember of the Kirchlenchner family is the delicacy and the nobility in every detail of their house. You recognize the sheer elegance of the building from the tree-lined alleyway leading to it. Right in the centre of Merano, yet immersed in an Eden-like garden with lemon trees, agaves, palms and cypresses…

Briol

Briol

Val d'Isarco, Italy

It was around 1880 when Johanna’s great-grandmother married a very wealthy merchant of silks and china items. Every time that one of their children was born, instead of jewels, she would ask for a piece of mountain. This is a story that we would love to hear over and over again and Briol is part of it. It’s like a sepia photograph: olive shutters, white soft duvet on simple wooden beds, china jugs and basins, a board game room. Try the whipped cream and red berry cake.

Bad Schörgau

Bad Schörgau

Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Val Sarentino is not a popular valley. People say this is because of its inhabitants who historically have never been welcoming toward foreigners. And yet, there is nothing hostile in the Wenter’s family. They have sweet eyes and a strong spirit. Their hotel, set on the outskirt of woodlands, has just been renovated to include a Spa. The fragranced and regenerating Sarner dwarf Pine is the house speciality. You’ll find it everywhere from the soap to the risotto. Indulge in a bath in the wooden bathtub, with thermal mineral-rich water, local herbs and honey. Dinner in the restaurant Gourmet is an unforgettable experience.

MALGA PANNA

MALGA PANNA

Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

It was Virgilio and Aurora who transformed Malga Panna from a simple refuge serving polenta and cheese into a first class restaurant. Today, their sons Massimo and Paolo look after it with the same passion and with pride.

Johannesstube

Johannesstube

Trentino Alto-Adige, Italy

Johannesstube owes its name to Johann Kohler who in 1830 made a dream’s family come true and founded the Hotel Engel. The walls and floors covered in Swiss pine have the honey colour of the chestnut, the tables are covered in white embroidered tablecloths and the big stove sits in the middle of the room, according to the local tradition. In the kitchen, multi-awarded chef Markus Baumgarten delights his clients with superb dishes.

L’Chimpl

L’Chimpl

Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

“Soft Tamion’s bio egg with spinach, Cuor di Fassa cheese, potatoes and black truffle”, “Polenta’s gnocchi stuffed with smoked Trentingrana cheese, salted codfish and wild spinach”, “Veal cheek, chickpeas, spugnole mushrooms, figs and fois gras”, “Flavours from the woods”… Every dish at L’chimpl restaurant blends creativity, knowledge and local ingredients. It’s mountain poetry.

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