We are based in Florence, Italy and as such view this as an easy alternative to Cinque Terre and in particular Monterossa. You can be here two ways easily: Eurostar from CAMPO DI MARTE train station....make sure you say that to the driver and not just the 'train station' which implies the main station Santa Maria Novella and takes 3 l/2 hours and one stop later from Bologna and in that case 3 hours later. You arrive in town and need to take a taxi up here which is 29 euros, but it is your option. There is the cable car but unless you are still in the backpacking days and do not mind walking about 2 km to the car you are obliged to take the taxi. On the other hand if you are with only the backpack, then it is an easy walk from the stop only 5 minutes to the hotel when arriving up there. Now the hotel, it is just wonderful. We are in Room 40l which has a private balcony overlooking the mountains and all of the town of Bolzano/Bozen below. There is virtually no English speaking guests here and really even though we are indeed in Italy....the spoken language is German ...albiet a very soft version of it. They are lovely here, staff, guests, really everyone you encounter are helpful in any way they can. Rooms are spotless, it is the food and not just the quality but the imagination and the traditional version of this area that make it shine. We are on half-board with a wonderful array of things for breakfast and a terrace overlooking the mountains and then the dinner!! Five or Six courses and salad buffet, just anything you could ever want...yet with a slant of this area and not really Italian dishes. There is no air conditioning and in this moment it is warm in the day, but always with a breeze and as soon as the sun drops it is almost cold and you need the duvets that are on each bed. There are walking and nordic tours free of charge and escorted almost every day; there is a spa, library and the prices are more than fair for the quality of what is rendered to each guest. We recommend this highly and it is too often overlooked because people do not know about it. Quiet, peacefulness, trails abound, easily marked, no tour groups of people and do not let the lack of English turn you from visiting, almost everyone speaks enough that it is never a problem. We are already planning another visit in the fall. For variety you can also break the trip into two. A few days up here and then a few days in the centre in Bolzano/Bozen for the wonderful variety of things ongoing down there. Tomorrow begins a jazz festival and the shops and restaurants are outstanding. You will love it here if you give it a try.
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- Jenesien – doesn’t the mere name of this place have a fairy-tale sound to it, far away from everyday stress, and all the things you should or have to do? Up here, in the dreamy mountain village on the edge of the porphyritic rock plateau lies Hotel Belvedere. And, as if its location was not idyllic enough, this hotel with its 65-year history of family ownership, has climbed up a few more steps on the stairway to heaven. Since April 2016 this four-star superior accommodation can boast the addition of a new Infinity Pool with spectacular panoramic views that really are in ‘a class of their own’: from the Dolomites high up over the Bozen valley basin to the Mediterranean landscape of the vineyard slopes of the Uberetsch. In the new hotel wing, embedded in the hilltop below the garden, our guests can enjoy the enlarged spa and fitness area as well as the relaxation rooms and a number of delightful new suites. And for those who want to step down from this heavenly paradise and take a breath of city air, there is a cable car link between Jenesien and Bozen, which can take guests down to Bozen or bring them back up again in only eight minutes. ... more less
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