High and healthy: an eco-minded break in Italy’s South Tirol

The Dolomites take centre stage in a region where Italy meets Austria but there is a sustainable approach to food, wine and accommodation that’s eye-catching, too

Of all the things I’ve ever wanted to do in life, being naked and trapped inside a haystack has never been one of them. But four hours into my stay in Italy, that’s exactly where I find myself.

I’m in South Tirol – a place renowned for its affinity with nature. Bordering Austria and Switzerland, it is a gorgeous sliver of rocky landscape, peppered with lagoons, spiky peaks and orchard-lined hills. It is also one of the most environmentally sound places on the map, priding itself on its sustainable, eco-friendly practices.

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