Just a few mountain peaks lie between Obergurgl and Italy. The best way to cross the border is via the Timmelsjoch High-Alpine Road, which offers stunning views.
The regional capital of Tyrol in the 14th century, the town of Merano in South Tyrol is just an hour's drive from the Ötztal Valley yet offers a touch of Meditteranean flair and lifestyle reminiscent of southern Italy.
The town is surrounded by the Vinschgau, Etschtal and Passeiertal valleys, which form a spectacular mountian backdrop to one of northern Italy's most attractive towns.
Thanks to its location and the shelter given by mountains to the north and east, Merano enjoys a mild climate that makes it possible for a wide range of Mediterranean and subtropical plants to grow in the town's many parks.
Walk along the Tappeinerweg or sit down on one of the many benches and admire palm trees, cypress trees and cacti more commonly associated with desert climates than the Alps.
As well as the warm weather and clean air, one other typically Italian quality attracts many visitors to Merano – the food. The charming town centre created when Merano was turned into a spa town in the 19th century is home to many restaurants and bars and has managed to maintain its unique charm until today.
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