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Our places to stay in North-East Italy are spread across the administrative regions of Trentino-Alto-Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and the northern part of Veneto. Venice is, of course, in North-East Italy, but our recommendations in that remarkable city and its environs are in a separate section, Venice and Veneto – click and you'll go straight to these listings.
Friuli, in the far north-east, is an out of the way area, not much visited. Mountainous Trentino-Alto-Adige, also known as South Tyrol or Sud Tyrol, contains the spiky Dolomite mountains, and is popular with skiers, walkers and hikers. It is distinctly Austrian in character – it used to be part of Austria and gets many German speaking visitors. Apart from this, perhaps the most important place for visitors in the northern part of Veneto is the eastern shore of Lake Garda.
Northern Italy’s mountains, including the spectacular Dolomites, have been overlooked by travellers from Northern Europe in recent years. The latter are the losers. The experience of travelling here is less sanitised than Austria and Switzerland. The food is more distinctive. Prices are better value. Hospitality is more sincere. The skiing at Cortina, the queen of the Dolomite resorts, is up there with best for beginners and intermediates. It’s a terrific base in summer too, with mountain bikes, walkers, rafting and other activities well looked after in the UNESCO Dolomites World Heritage Site.
As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in North-East Italy offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: pensioni, alberghi, restaurants-with-rooms and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out. Some of the best new recommendations in this section come from our valued northern Italy reporter, Francesca Blench. Her hotel marketing organization, Luxury Lakes and Mountains, offers many further ideas for places worth seeking out - see www.llmcollection.com. They are not all charming small places to stay, but it’s still a useful source.
We have recently taken Charme Hotel Uridl off the site and can no longer recommend it. If you would like to know why, please email our web editor on email@example.com.