Take the second-oldest cable car in Europe in the market town of Lana up to this secret alpine meadowland of aromatic fragrances and ancient Ladin culture, immersing yourself in the magic of South Tyrol’s San Vigilio. In the summer, this lush, hidden mountainside world is carpeted with a natural boutique overflowing with the scents and sights of alpine roses, mountain anemones, foxgloves and primroses, with wild orchids blooming freely by the Black Lake.
A bastion of South Tyrol’s ancient Ladin culture, bottle San Vigilio’s mineral health in the Ladon mountain’s little radioactive spring, indulge in local feasts and wander into the medieval San Vigilio church, shrouded in Bronze Age mystery and mythical, storm-filled legend.
Close enough to touch the towering Dolomites as they soar above South Tyrol’s Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park, in winter ski the slopes at next-door neighbour, world-famous Kronplatz, and gaze out at the UNESCO-heritage Sciliar mountain, letting Europe’s longest zip line take you up above the tree tops, flying outwards into the view. It’s also one of the fastest ways to get around, too, in this little idyll reserved for gentle footfalls only.