Imagine a valley in the middle of the famous Dolomite Mountains. In the November quiet period, when the summer season is over and the winter season hasn’t already begun, the inhabitants of the Badia Valley are organizing the Saint Leonhard Horse Parade, also known as "Leonardi Ride". The horse Parade is dedicated to Saint Leonard, who is the patron of horses and horsemen. The “Noriker” and “Haflinger” horses are adorned with shining horse’s harnesses. They are pushing the tra
Tonight, lantern lights will glow in the dark and songs will fill up the air. It’s Saint Martin’s day! In my area, like in most of European German speaking countries, children are waiting with trepidation the 11th of November. Guided by teachers and parents, they prepared handmade paper lanterns and learned traditional songs. When sun will go down, they will meet together and will form sinuous parades through their village or quarter to celebrate this day. I find the atmosphe
I was on my way along the fascinating Pusteria Valley, when I stopped at Capriz, a well-known cheese factory in Vandoies. What’s new? - would you say. The novelty lies in the main ingredient of the cheese: goat milk! Goat and sheep farming was in the past fairly common in South Tyrol, but then was gradually dropped out in favour of cow rearing. In the last years, we see a change of direction and these likeable and tough animals are starting to populate our grazing lands again
I believe inspiration is present in every single thing around us. So why not watching at basic ingredients in a freaky way? I would like to recommend this DIY showing a romantic mise en place for your autumnal table, created by the Italian blogger LaWeddy. Why do I love this idea? Because is creative, easy to realise, based on a typical South Tyrolean product: apples! I am sure you could work out with your children or develop tailored variations by using other apple varieties
Take a Saturday; take some friends visiting from afar; take you feel like enjoying nature and savouring good wines. Shake well and visit Maso Thaler! I went there last week during a clear and pleasant autumnal day. The winery, run by Motta family, is located in Gleno (Montan/Montagna), halfway up the slope that looks out onto the Adige Valley and reachable by a steep mountain road. I am sure during winter this could become a challenge! Once arrived to the “maso” a breath-taki
Need inspiration for an offbeat meal with friends? Let's have a craft beer tasting at Batzen Bräu Brewery! I went there for lunch with some friends last week: we had fun tasting together and comparing our points of view. The brewery is located in Bolzano Downtown and includes a Biergarten and an inn. It is possible to book guided tours. The actual building has been renovated in 2012 by restoring the 600-years-old historic tavern Ca' De Bezzi. Did you know? The current appella
aAutumn means the harvest has come to an end, means preparing for wintertime and being grateful for all gifts of nature.
Therefore, it is tradition among farmers to meet together and celebrate with a charming open-air market. A colourful habit that has now become a regular appointment, open to tourists and population: the Erntedankfest that takes place in October in the Walther square in Bolzano thanks to the South Tyrolean Farmers Association and the Red Rooster Association
As you probably have guessed, I could not miss the chance to visit the South Tyrolean stand. As reported by the organizers, "the South Tyrolean Presentation is build in vertical style, 13 meters high, based on larch wood. [...] The winning idea of the wood panelled tree house on three platforms is presenting the 7 themes of South Tyrol. The ground floor is dedicated to the gastronomic elements of high quality". (source: http://www.expo2015.bz.it) But what does this mean? It m
It's the main Italian event for this year... could I miss Expo 2015 in Milan? Of course not!
How was it? A beautiful and surprisingly relaxing day. Even though the area is huge, even though the pavilions are a million, even though you are surrounded by more than 150.000 people, even though everything, there is space for everyone, services and information in every corner and a number of fountains providing free fresh water. Families, classes, businessmen, retires groups, frie