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Italy, the North - Visit the Dolomites

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A June 2000 trip to Castelrotto (Kastleruth) by Barb B

Cavallino de Oro Hotel/Pension Photo, Castelrotto (Kastleruth), Italy More Photos
Quote: Fantastic area for any season! The beauty of the area is only exceeded by the friendliness of the people. In summer, it is a perfect starting point for hikes/treks; in winter its a fantastic ski area.

Italy, the North - Visit the Dolomites

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Overview

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Due to the frequent political changes in this area, each town has both a German and an Italian name. We (my husband and I)found the fantastic town of Kastelruth/Castelrotto. It is a scenic, walled town at the western edge of the Dolomites in Northern Italy. We were lucky enough to schedule our trip for the first week in June 2000. During that time each year, the locals celebrate the life of poet and musician, Oswald von Wolkenstein (1367-1445). Tourists and locals dress for the weekend festivities which include medieval equestrian events, music from concertinas and oom pah bands and lots of schnitzel, bratwaurst and beer. The nearby towns of Ortisei, Selva Gardena and San Cristina are f...Read More

Cavallino de Oro Hotel/Pension

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Hotel

Cavallino de Oro Hotel/Pension Photo, Castelrotto (Kastleruth), Italy
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We stayed at the Cavallino de Oro (Little gold horse), a wonderful hotel/pension in the center of town, with loads of atmosphere. Our room overlooked the Old Market Square and we enjoyed WONDERFUL local foods, served in style. (Even had live zither music one evening during dinner). Soft, fluffy feather beds were an unexpected plus! One need not be concerned about language differences, since most people in the Sud Tyrol area speak at least two languages. German, Italian, English and Laden are all spoken. Our hotel and restaurant staff, as well as most shopkeepers, all spoke at least some English. The price per night for two people, including Breakfast buffet and Full dinners each evening was onl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2000

Cavallino de Oro Hotel/Pension
Piazza Krausen
Castelrotto, Kastleruth, Italy
39 0471 706337

Restaurant at the Posthotel Lamm

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Restaurant

Restaurant at the Posthotel Lamm Photo, Castelrotto (Kastleruth), Italy
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We had lunch at the outdoor restaurant of the Posthotel Lamm in Kastelruth/Castelrotto and found the most wonderful spaghetti we found anywhere(!) in Italy. Indoor or outdoor seating is available--but definitely sit outside--it is right on the town piazza and a terrific opportunity for people watching. At lunch, my husband and I frequently "share" menu items. I ordered "caprese" - a salad of fresh tomatoes with mozzarella cheese (made from buffalo milk)- basil and olive oil. My husband ordered a fairly simple, spaghetti bolognese (Bologna style spaghetti). The spaghetti turned out to be THE BEST spaghetti we have tasted anywhere in Northern Italy! We also shared some local wine, a young Italian white ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2000

Restaurant at the Posthotel Lamm
Piazza Krausen3
Castelrotto, Kastleruth, Italy
0471 706337

Oswald von Wolkenstein Festival Photo, Castelrotto (Kastleruth), Italy
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We were lucky enough to schedule our trip for the first week in June 2000. During that time, the locals celebrate the life of poet and musician, Oswald von Wolkenstein (1367-1445). Tourists and locals dress for the weekend festivities which include medieval equestrian events, Music from concertinas and oom pah bands and lots of schnitzel, bratwaurst and beer. The nearby towns of Orteisei, Selva Gardena and San Cristina are famous for the local Woodcarvers who happily display and discuss their work. Primalily religious woodcarvings, but also Tyrolian art. In winter, this area is a fantastic ski area and has world-famous ski schools. Summer seems devoted to hikers and trekkers. He...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2000

Oswald von Wolkenstein Festival
Kastelruth / Castelrotto
Castelrotto, Kastleruth, Italy

The Great Dolomite Road

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Attraction

The Great Dolomite Road Photo, Castelrotto (Kastleruth), Italy
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There are mountains, and then, there are the Dolomites! The most photographed mountains in the world, these jagged, peaks stab through the clouds. Their sheer limestone walls catch the sun's rays at dawn and sunset casting a magnificant rose glow across these tremendous cliffs. The road between Bolzano and Cortina d' Ampezzo is, as some will tell you, 'pure torture(!)'. Many twists, turns, and cut backs along the narrow road upward, but do not miss this trip! For the faint of heart, there are buses making the daily journey from either Bolzono or Cortina. This is a spectacular trip and provides one of Europes great senic pleasures. If you can keep your eyes on the road, and make lots of stops ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2000

The Great Dolomite Road
Between Bolzano & Cortina d'Ampezzo
Castelrotto, Kastleruth, Italy

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Story/Tip

WoodenMan Photo, Castelrotto (Kastleruth), Italy
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Bus service is available, but driving a rental car is really the best way to enjoy this area in the Summertime. I really cannot discuss Winter driving, since I've not been there in winter (but I'm told they have extensive bus service in the ski areas). There are many quaint little towns in this area and each town has its own weekly market. A drive through the entire Dolomite area is easily do-able as a day trip and Innsbrook, Austria is less than a one hour drive away. We found the local wines quite enjoyable and the food in the area provided exceptional choices. Since you ARE technically still in Italy, you can enjoy the wonderful Italian specialties, while at the same time, e...Read More

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Barb B

Barb B
Napa, CA and Hereford, AZ , Arizona

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