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Discover Italian villas in sunny South Tyrol

The main valleys of South Tyrol in the Alps are the Adige Valley, Isarco Valley, Vinschgau and Puster Valley. Like no other destination in the world, South Tyrol offers an incredible amount of activities for your Italian villa holidays. From challenging ski areas in the Alps to unique trails in the mountains, elegant spas and wellness temple, and UNESCO-protected nature in the Dolomites. There is both an alpine and Mediterranean climate - there are colourful flowers, delicious fruits falling from the trees and good wine yet there is also the finest, most powdery snow. Discover villa holidays Italy here and discover paradise.

Politics of the region

South Tyrol is the northernmost province of Italy and, together with the province of Trento, the region with the special statute of Trentino-Alto Adige. This region is divided into these two autonomous, self-governing provinces of Trentino and South Tyrol. This hard fought battle for independent rights won exclusivity in 1972. Sixty per cent of the population is German-speaking in South Tyrol and four per cent are to be found mainly in the Val Badia. So for sublime, culturally unique Italian villa holidays, look no further than this fascinating part of Northern Italy.

Holiday lettings Italy in South Tyrol

The South Tyroleans are known throughout Europe as a particularly industrious and hardworking population. They have created a good prosperity and maintain a strong regional Italian culture that can be discovered when you rent villas Italy has to offer in this region. South Tyrol is located in the Southern Alps and is bordered to the north and east by the Austrian state of Tyrol, and on the west side by the Swiss canton of Grisons. An altogether wonderful location for your villa holidays in Italy!

Trentino – villa holidays Italy

Trentino is the land around Trento and has half a million inhabitants. The Ladin and Italian populated areas of Tirol were formerly known as Trento. Unlike South Tyrol, those in Trentino are mostly Italian and speak in a local dialect specific to the area. Trentino is very mountainous and is therefore an excellent location for adventure and self-catering walking holidays in Italy. In the north it borders on South Tyrol, in the east and south by Veneto and by Lombardy to the west. Also in Trentino tourism and holiday lettings Italy play a major role in the economy. Tourist centres there come with amazing sights, numerous ski resorts, a climbing centre ‘Arco’ and the windsurfing centre ‘Riva del Garda.’

Italian villas in Val Senales

South Tyrol is the perfect region for Italian villas and is well worth exploring for its lovely landscapes, welcoming people and interesting culture. This paradise on earth offers beautiful nature, great food and plenty of exceptional Italian country cottages. Not far from Bolzano, just 22 kilometres away Val Senales is surrounded by high mountains with various different communities, including Karthaus, Kurzras, Katharinaberg, Unserfrau and Vernagt. Book a holiday with your family, friends, loved ones or pets and you can take extended hikes here. Though, it is not just walking holidays that are popular here – enjoy skiing, nature and local culture.

Archaeology – Holiday villas in Italy

Val Senales became world famous thanks to a sudden archaeological sensational discovery in 1991. In between the mountain passes of Tisenjoch above the Val Senales glacier, the mummy Ötzi was found. Do not miss a visit to the ArcheoParc Schnalstal whilst you rent Italian villas. The archaeological museum with an outdoor area offers a clear insight into the lifestyle of the Neolithic people that were located in Val Senales in the Oetztal Alps about 5300 years ago. The famous Ötzi, whose remains likely date back to somewhere between 3359-3105 BC, is shown in the Archaeology Museum in Bolzano.

Italian country cottages by Schnalstal

Arriving at the Schnalstal is truly spectacular; it comes uphill in a beautiful landscape. At the beginning of the valley above the Naturns Juval is a medieval castle first documented in 1278. Make a stop here whilst you rent holiday villas in Italy and visit the extraordinary facility. The mountaineer Reinhold Messner first discovered in the castle in 1983, beginning the process of renovating the building as residence and museum. The exhibition is dedicated to the Magic Mountain and is part of the six-part project Messner Mountain Museum.

Family holidays in South Tyrol with NOVASOL

Of course, if you have an active family, children will love being adventurous in the great outdoors, scaling hills and discovering hidden landscapes. You may even be able to take your pet with you as you cross the valley. In Kurzras is the Val Senales glacier railway, the highest cable car in South Tyrol. Take a ride and see some fantastic views, or stay on the ground and find yourself by beautiful lakes, elevated grain farms and picturesque churches. On the return trip, you can still make a stop in Katharinaberg with the pretty Church of St. Catherine before returning to your cosy villas, chalets or even cottages with hot tubs! NOVASOL are experts in Italian holiday homes – for something a little different, why not try our Sardinia villas or Tuscan villas?