10 things for a perfect day in Merano

Ever since my first visit last summer, I’ve had a massive crush on Merano. This town in northern Italy has everything I love: stylish boutiques, chic street cafes, thermal baths, a beautiful town theatre and a super elegant promenade where musicians play live music. It has a movie set feel. Men in moustaches chill out with immaculately turned out ladies. I always put a little extra thought into my holiday wardrobe when Merano is in the mix.

So here’s the list.

1o things for a perfect day in Merano.

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  1. Hang out at one of the many cafes and do some people watching. The world here is a catwalk, especially on Passer Promenade.

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2. Listen to some of the best muscians in the world perform on the streets as well in various locations including Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle (below), Merano Theatre and Tyrol Castle.

 

 

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3. Take an Aperol spritz before going for a walk along the Gilf Promenade. This walk is gorgeous. The promenade overlooks the Passirio River, which is very pretty, and there are cute cafes along the way.

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4. Seek out art and gorgeous architechture everywhere. Merano is home to Asfaltart, the International Street Art Festival, which takes place in October 2016.

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Merano architecture

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5. Go for a walk and discover intresting sights down narrow streets. Merano has a network of walks throughout the city so get a map and explore.

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6. Cycle around town and up past St Nicholas Church to the Roman Bridge. Meran has tons of cycle routes for relaxed and mountain biking. Hire a bike from Sud Tirol Rad and be on your way.

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7. Be like a local and stop at the water fountain for refreshment because Merano is famous for its super high quality drinking water that comes directly from the springs. There are 69 fountain points to choose from.

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8. Buy local ham, cheese and vegetables at the Friday market.

 

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9. …And then have a picnic by the river Pessirio before heading to the Thermal Spa Centre opposite.

 

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Splurge at the Portici Arcade. It is one of the most beautiful places for a bit of boutique and designer shopping.

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Cooking my first meal in the mobile home

The market in Merano is stuffed full with food, clothes and people.

The market in Merano is stuffed full with food, clothes and people.

We are in Merano, which is as chic as you like.
They  speak Italian and German here. It is so far north, if Italy was a thigh-high boot we would be on the top of the thigh, closest to the arse 😉

Market day in Merano is Friday. I bought an arrabbiata spice mix from a stall outside St Nicholas Church and decided to get creative with it.

When in a mobile home one pot cooking is key!
Here is an easy recipe.

Use a thermo container.
Cook the pasta a drain it into your thermo container.
Add the spice mix to two cans of chopped tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes or so.
Then add pasta, toss and serve on sweet peppers topped with parmegiano cheese.
Fantastico!

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Tip.
When I cook in a mobile home I always use whole packets of stuff and store leftovers in the fridge for picnics