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Merano and the Val Venosta South Tyrol's most beautiful valley

27 June 2021

7 days from £2,790pp

Situated at the borders of Italy, Austria and Switzerland, the Venosta Valley has been a major thoroughfare of the Central Alps since Ancient times. At the gates of the Val Venosta lies the sun-drenched spa town of Merano, the original capital of Tyrol. Its Mediterranean climate and spa atmosphere is reflected in the town’s urban architecture with wide, shady promenades, splendid hotel buildings and grand residences, an ideal base for this Art Pursuits holiday.
  • Stay in Merano, the old capital of Tyrol
  • Visit the castle of the Counts of Tyrol 
  • Full-day excursion to the Val Venosta
  • Visit Trauttmansdorff Castle and its prize-winning gardens
Situated at the borders of Italy, Austria and Switzerland, the Venosta Valley has been a major thoroughfare of the Central Alps since Ancient times. The Roman Via Claudia Augusta, built under the Emperor Augustus, served as a link between the Po plains over the Alps to the Danube. Ever since, this road was controlled by a chain of mighty castles. Some have been altered into veritable palaces later on. En route to Lombardy, Charlemagne and his entourage passed through the Val Venosta several times, founding monasteries and building churches along the way. At the same time, the Venosta and its side valleys have always been well guarded and protected by the rugged mountain ranges of this region. Thus many of these ecclesiastical foundations with all their splendid stucco furnishings and colourful fresco paintings have survived the storms of time unscathed. At the gates of the Val Venosta lies the sun-drenched spa town of Merano, the original capital of Tyrol. Its Mediterranean climate with a lush vegetation of palms, cypresses and cedars and its fresh, clean air made it a favourite summer retreat for the Habsburg, Russian, French and British aristocracy in the 19th century. The spa atmosphere is reflected in the town’s urban architecture with wide, shady promenades, splendid hotel buildings and grand residences, an ideal base for this Art Pursuits Abroad holiday.

Your Accommodation

Hotel Bavaria

★★★★
Overview
The 4-star Hotel Bavaria in Merano and is one of the most traditional hotels in Merano. The hotel features a Mediterranean garden with a swimming pool and a restaurant with sun terrace. The bedrooms have a hairdryer, television, safe, mini bar, telephone and Wi-Fi.