Living and biking in Italy's South Tyrol (Südtirol / Alto Adige)
I'm a German who spent a number of years living in the United States and am now in Baden-Württemberg and love the weather of southern Germany. But I have the chance, if I'm interested, to spent some time in northern Italy to learn Italian in a place where German is still a primary (and constitutionally protected) language.
South Tyrol has weather that is a step better than the best in Germany, with about 25% more sun and 20% less rain than where I live, with winter lows below 0 but winter highs averaging 6 degrees — which is much more comfortable to bike in than 2 or 3 degrees! It means a longer biking season, too, with an average high in February of 10 degrees and average high in March of 15 (amazing!). In addition, Bolzano and Merano are both in valleys surrounded by the Alps, and it looks like there are some incredible hills in the area.
Does anyone have any experience biking in northern Italy? I'd love to hear about it, because it would be a major factor in my decision to move there.
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