Palm trees are the last thing you’d expect to find in this Alpine region, but like Bolzano, Merano (Meran in German) lies in a deep basin, giving it a Mediterranean microclimate. Merano has long been known for its spa treatments. The newly renovated Terme di Merano, an ultramodern thermal-bath complex, dominates one side of the river dividing the picturesque Tyrolean town centre. The river is shadowed by a park-lined promenade that is a favourite with locals for a stroll.
Nearby to Merano are the Parco Naturale Gruppo del Tessa; the spectacular Ortles mountain range; and a vast, uninhabited chunk of what’s dubbed Italy’s loneliest park, the Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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