Get ready for some magnificent views of the Alps on the South Tyrol road trip! Discover the region's true beauty and experience the Alps like never before on this very special road trip through South Tyrol.
Our route begins with a mountainous road trip to Bolzano, the capital of the Italian South Tyrol region. Visit fascinating museums, art galleries and weekly markets. Admire the wine country and the snowcapped Alps you will pass on your way, and don't forget to make a stop at the lovely Merano village. Then head to Italy's highest mountain pass, the Stelvio Pass.
Auto Europe has put together numerous tips for your road trip, so that you can make sure you don't miss any of the best sights and vistas. Our route is laid out in such a way that you should have enough time in each destination to be able to travel at your own pace and enjoy each location. The order in which you visit our recommended destinations is, of course, up to you - there is so much to see and do in South Tyrol that our tips should only act as a guideline and not a strict programme for you to follow. As the mobility specialist for your holiday, we want to offer you the best vehicles for your road trip in South Tyrol.
On your arrival at Bolzano Airport you will already be surrounded by the awe-inspiring Alps. Besides the amazing surrounding landscape, Bolzano is home to dozens of wonderful museums and numerous music festivals. Visit the Archaeological Museum and see the famous mummy of Ötzi the Iceman, or enjoy an opera, ballet or musical at one of the local theatres. You can also tour the historical sights such as the Runkelstein Castle, Dominican Church or Maretsch Castle, or the shopping arcades and Italian fashion outlets.
Don't miss the amazing view, thousands of metres above sea level, on the Renon cable car. In December, you can visit the lovely Christmas markets, for which Bolzano is considered by many to be Italy's Christmas capital. You can experience the charming location and atmosphere of Bolzano with ease by booking an affordable car hire in Bolzano from Auto Europe!
The city offers a great variety of different culinary experiences. From Chinese fast food to gourmet restaurants, there is something for every taste and budget. Food from Bolzano is mainly a mix of Italian, Austrian and German cuisine. Snack bars offer German sausages, and other specialities can be enjoyed at Tyrolean restaurants. Make sure to visit one of the grand pizzerias, such as Spizzico, where you can enjoy a quick lunch. Discerning foodies should try Zur Kaiserkron with its celebrity chefs.
Beer gardens and wine bars are very popular in Bolzano, and one can often also enjoy a delicious and affordable meal at one of these establishments. Forsterbrau, Hopfen & Co and Paulaner Stuben are great examples, to name a few. Besides the bars and beer gardens, you can enjoy Bolzano's night life at clubs such as Halle28 and Miro.
The tourism industry is well established in Bolzano and the surrounding region. It is, therefore, no surprise that accommodation is offered at every price level and corresponding to visitors' needs. Citta di Bolzano Stad, located right in the centre of the city, offers great quality accommodation at an affordable price, making it one of the best options for travellers. The four-star Gardenhotel Premstaller is also reasonably priced for its level of service. From this hotel you can easily reach all the main sights in the city. The luxurious Parkhotel Laurin is perfect for guests with very discerning taste. The hotel is located in the historical part of the city, where it is surrounded by a beautiful park. The rooms in Hotel Greif were designed by local artists. This four-star hotel also offers guests unusual interior design and great service. Any of these options is a great place to rest your head after your road trip to Bolzano!
Test the limits of your car or luxury vehicle during the drive through the hairpin curves of Stelvio Pass, or take it easy and enjoy the amazing views of the valley that you get from this mountain road.
Take a rest from the drive through Stelvio Pass and stop by in one of the small villages for a break. Many fun activities are offered in this region: in the summer you can go hiking or camping, or rent snowshoes in winter and explore the mountains. You can also experience the longest sledge ride of your life - the nearly two-mile long slope is sure to be a source of endless entertainment.
End the day of discoveries and activities with a few hot drinks in a jacuzzi at one of the region's spas. You will soon know why this region is one of the most popular in the Italian Alps.
In this region, too, there are fantastic places to enjoy some excellent food. Local pizzerias, such as Pizzeria Cafe Panorama or Pizza Point are an obvious choice. Eurobar Prad is a great place to end the day. We also recommend that you try the local pastry specialities at Cafe am Platzl or Niederl Astor & Co. The local apple strudels are not to be missed!
Your first stop in the direction of the Stelvio Pass is the adjacent village of Gomagio. This peaceful destination is home to many family-run, welcoming restaurants. Hotel-Restaurant Gallia, for example, serves typical Tyrolean specialities in an elegant atmosphere. As you drive further south to Solda, you will be able to try the yak steak, one of the unique dishes on the frequently updated menu of Restaurant Yak und Yeti. This is a particularly popular locale among mountain climbers, who bring with them fascinating stories from the Italian Alps. It is definitely worth it to lend them your ear.
Fairytale-like farmhouses, lovely guest houses and chalets in the mountains are popular places to spend the night in Stelvio Pass National Park. Wherever you decide to stay, you are sure to be warmly welcomed. Family-owned lodgings include Gasthof Waldruhe and Pension Trushof. We would also like to recommend Hotel Alpina and Nives. The former is located in Solda, right next to the way to the winter sport pistes. For a touch of luxury, try Zentral or Garden Park Hotel.
This region is a great destination for winter sports, but also worth travelling to in the summer months. You can visit the plentiful castles in the region, or occupy yourself with sports such as hiking, mountain biking, or simply drive your rental car through the amazing routes in the mountains.
A stay at one of the farms in the Stelvio Pass region is one things you should not pass on, as you will be closely surrounded by the Italian Alps. But make sure you book your stay well ahead of time. This is especially important when booking for the ski season! With affordable car hire from Auto Europe you'll have no problem reaching your destination wherever it is!
As you drive towards the south over the Stelvio Pass, you will reach the pleasant town of Bormio, located on the southern border of the Stelvio Pass National Park in Lombardy. Natural hot springs are the main attraction of this almost unknown destination. Here you can relax and rejuvenate your mind and body in a hot bath. Allow yourself to enjoy a massage at one of the local spas after a busy day on the slopes at one of Bormio's ski resorts. Families should try skating at Palaghiaccio, hire snowshoes, or visit one of the town's museums. The Bormio Civic Museum offers visitors artefacts from the Middle Ages, and the Natural History Museum will bring you interesting details about the formation and development of the Alps.
Bormio is not only a destination for winter sports fans, but rather offers visitors lots to see and do in the warmer months as well. Go hiking and discover the beautiful forests and valleys of Lombardy. Golfers also love to visit Bormio's golf club in summer. Brave and adventure-seeking visitors should test their nerves by taking a downhill bike tour, where you can marvel at the breathtaking view during the breaks. And camping in Stelvio Pass National Park is of course the better alternative to a hotel stay for true nature lovers.
Bormio is a quaint but lively destination to visit, and its location close to Stelvio Pass National Park offers travellers a chance to get close to the beautiful landscapes of the Alps. Book a car hire with Auto Europe to remain flexible and mobile on your road trip to South Tyrol!
Influenced by the mountain climate, most local specialities in Bormio are quite hearty. There is a good selection of great restaurants where you can treat your palate after an active and eventful day. The restaurant Mary and Co., located directly in the centre of town, is the place to get local dishes. Al Filo offers a comfortable and heart-warming atmosphere, and the menu consists of both local and international fare. The best pizzas in the region can be found at Chalet La Rocca, and for truly authentic Italian food, head to Agriturismo Rini, who also offer a great selection of local and imported wines. Ristorante Rezia is very popular among locals because of its Italian and Mediterranean dishes, particularly the wonderful pasta. Bormio is quite popular with foodies, too, thanks to its variety of high-end restaurants. The top spot is Luca Chef Le Prive. In this luxury restaurant you will find extravagant and beautifully prepared dishes that give the word gourmet a new definition. Or for a completely unique experience, visit Heaven 3000. The name already gives away the surprise: the restaurant is located almost 10,000 feet above sea level! Heaven 3000 can be reached with the cable car from Cima Bianca or Valbella, and allows you to enjoy the jaw-dropping view while dining.
Bormio is growing in popularity as a holiday destination for visitors from all corners of the world. Therefore, many forms of accommodation are on offer, with something suitable for every style and wallet. The three-star hotel Nazionale offers the prospect of a delightful stay in the centre of town. A shuttle bus runs between the hotel and different ski lifts. For a stay still closer to the pistes, try Hotel Funivia. The pleasant and rustic atmosphere of this hotel is an excellent choice. Guests can also benefit from the hotel's own restaurant, Wi-Fi, and its location right at the base of Bormio's slopes. Hotel Piccolo Mondo is a great option for affordable quality accommodation, and Hotel La Genzinella offers special deals on ski passes to children and families.
The famous hot springs of Bagni Vecchi and Bagni Nuo are the perfect place to leave your cares behind and give in to complete relaxation. The luxurious five-star Hotel Termie Bagni di Bormio offers guests one of the best spas in the entire region. Stay the night at this extravagant hotel, or just spend a lovely day at the spa. The natural steam saunas, great baths, and pools with amazing panorama views make the spa worth a visit.
Bormio is a destination for getting close to Mother Nature. Enjoy the wondrous nature and the fantastic accommodation on your trip.
The colder months transform Livigno into a winter wonderland. Winter sports enthusiasts can really get their money's worth here, as the snowfall is some of the best in the world. Try out something new and visit Centro Italiano Sleddog Husky Village, where you can see real sled dogs and even go for a quick spin with them. Then, take a time out from the excitement and recuperate at the Aquagranda Wellness Park. This premium spa in Livigno is a holiday for all senses. Livigno also offers visitors great shopping opportunities with 250 outlets.
The lovely region surrounding Livigno is well suited for short trips into the Italian Alps. Give yourself a few days to get to know the city, take a tour of Lago di Livigno, or organise a day trip to Switzerland. All this and more is possible with an affordable car hire in South Tyrol from Auto Europe, and ensures that you will have a varied and flexible itinerary.
There is a great selection of gastronomy specialists in Livigno, making sure that you should have no problem finding the right place for your tastes. Most restaurants are run by local families and offer typical Italian and local dishes. One of our favourites is Restaurant Berghütte, which is right next to the ski lift Carosello 3000. Patrons are met by a large buffet and a view of the valley. Tea del Vidal offers good music and a friendly atmosphere for the real after-ski experience. The night life in Livigno is, of course, more quiet than in larger cities, but night owls can still celebrate deep into the night at Club Cielo.
Most restaurants in Livigno are geared towards the average holidaymaker, but there are things for gourmands to discover as well. Bivio Cantina, located in the hotel with the same name, is one of the best restaurants in the whole region and impresses guests with its delicious meat dishes, fresh fish, and very large selection of wines. To dine at Ristorante Pepe Nero, one needs to book ahead of time. But the effort is well worth it, as you will get to enjoy delicious lasagne, amazing cheeses and the famous Pasta Ali Olio, among other creative masterpieces put together by the kitchen staff.
It is not difficult to find a room in Livigno. What presents a challenge, rather, is the amount of options. From normal hotels, B&B's, holiday rentals and guest houses, there is sure to be something for every budget. In the centre of town we would recommend the family-run business Hotel Capriolo or Hotel Piccolo Tibet. Both of these hotels allow you to make the most of your money, and both the centre of town and the ski lifts are nearby.Hotel Nevada is a good choice for travellers who are hoping to stay in the region a bit longer. The most demanding guests will find renting a chalet a great alternative. Chalet Beatrice Apartments or Park Chalet Village are worth a look.
Of course, luxury resorts are also present in Livigno. Bivio Hotel is a good choice for well-heeled travellers. The ski lifts are can be reached very quickly, and there is an outdoor jacuzzi as well as numerous spa treatments on offer. The four-star Hotel Baita Montana is a family-friendly hotel with extremely pleasant staff. Rooms are very spacious and comfortable. Other amenities include a hotel restaurant, modern spa, sauna and steam bath.
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