Thursday, 24 February 2011

German or Italian or Austrian

Until 1919 the South Tyrol was part of Austria when it was ceded to Italy. Indeed you would be forgiven for thinking you were in the Tyrol itself as the churches all have that distinctive green onion dome and the tongue you hear spoken is German.
In fact the cuisine here is superb as it is mixture of Alpine and Mediterranean, during my visit I had some homemade spinach ravioli whilst Deborah tucked in to Kaiserschaam, a cross between a pancake and an omlette that had been cut into strips, covered with sugar and served with home made cranberry jam. Over 300,000 Italians use German or German related languages as their everyday speech, some have their own TV and Radio stations.

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