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ALPE DI SIUSI, THE MOUNTAIN IN THE FOOD. AND NOT ONLY THIS…

This is the largest plateau in Europe, where the landscape, nature and clean air are at their maximum: as big as eight thousand football fields, dominated by the Sciliar group of mountains, with peaks touching 2300 meters has been described by the Washington Post as the most beautiful Alpine panorama of the world: 52 square kilometres of beauty, with trails perfect for skiing : 60 km of wide slopes for alpine skiing, 80 km for the cross-country skiing and 30 for for walking or snowshoeing.

Alpe di Siusi in South Tyrol is a vast expanse of plains and forests protected by Sciliar-Catinaccio, Nature Park, at close range from Ortisei and Val Gardena: a single ski pass includes both the skiareas, with 175 km of slopes with a stunning view on the Odle, Cir, Sella and Sassolungo mountains.

In winter as in summer you have the feeling of being hugged by the mountains, in the silence. Especially if you are staying in the chalets on the slopes, buen retiro of elegance and good good food: for example , the Alpenhotel Panorama (www.alpenhotelpanorama.it) rooms of design and a large swimming pool with sauna just on the slopes. For a pause during your ski, you can stop at Williamshütte (www.williamshuette.it) a gourmad chalet (2000 meters) where many tracks start. One of those that connects to the Path of the Witches arrives at Tirler Bio Hotel (www.hotel- tirler.com), one of the jewels in the hospitality, the first in Italy to have received the mark Ecarf mark. It is recommended for those who suffer from allergies and food intolerances. The rooms are very smart, the spa cocoon and cutting-edge and the restaurant, a small mountain hut next to the hotel, has been rewarded several times. Tirler Alm offers unusual dishes such as bison carpaccio and sweet canederli filled with chocolate and vanilla sauce, of course accomopanied with good wine such as Lagrein .

At 1,900 meters on the slopes between the Compatsch and Saltria there is Malga Gostner, another gastro-haven for skiers: Franz Musler is a creative chef with a passion for farming. His alpine cuisine is always flirting with tradition in a very originally way. The dish to order? Soup of Alpe di Siusi hay (Saltria Castelrotto, tel. 347.8368154). And, about hay, Hotel Heubad must be mentioned ( www.hotelheubad.com). It i san elegant spa hotel with contemporary designed rooms and two antique stube for dinner: you go there for the famous baths of hay. Its history has deep roots: the farmer used to rest on the sheaves of hay after mowing and they got up in perfect shape and health. So, in 1901 the idea of turning an old maso in the first place for hay bath for tourist. In the spa, the treatments also include phytocosmetic and natural cosmetics by Gertraud Gruber.

Info: www.alpedisiusi.info

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