Merano is the definition of idyllic. An alpine town with long held therapeutic traditions, it's tucked into a lush valley of rolling hills and blooming flowers, woven with leafy boulevards and dotted elegant Art Nouveau buildings. Here, it's all about spa hotels and R&R, though it also features a big dose of German culture, health-focused amenities, and a handful of fascinating attractions.

    There's the fantastical Trauttmansdorff Castle, with its tranquil terraced gardens. Meanwhile, linked to the town by cable car is Merano 2000 – a resort on the slopes of Ifinger Mountain, that offers hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

    What to see & do in Merano

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      Merano in the South Tyrol region can be one of the most unique Italian cities you’ll ever visit – it’s more Austrian than Italian. Lovely medieval hilltop castles backed by the dolomite Alpine foothills, apple orchards besides vineyards, a heritage in beer and strudels, and some road signs in both Italian and German make up this pretty mountain town. Most of...

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