Inspiration in Italy

Northern Italy is a land abound with contrasts ...

It combines Alpine staidness with Italian joie-de-vivre, the Dolomites (a UNESCO World Heritage site) with astounding cultural diversity, Mediterranean landscapes and Alpine peaks, deeply rooted traditions and cosmopolitan curiosities. The allure of South Tyrol, Italy's northernmost province, lies in its variety and the harmony of opposites, where Italian, Austrian, and ancient Ladin cultures intermingle peacefully and pink and yellow limestone peaks tower like monuments over quaint villages, flowery meadows, wooded valleys, and sun-soaked trails. In short, northern Italy is a magical and majestic place that every traveler needs to visit at least once in their lifetime!

It was this beauty, culture, nature, and serene mountain setting that inspired us to launch our upcoming Dreaming of the Dolomites Adventure, and inspired MSA social media intern Alexandra Grundy to recently write about her experiences in northern Italy. Here is her story, originally posted in the Traveler's Mindset blog: 


Lake Garda, The Dolomites, & Cinque Terre: A Personal Look At Northern Italy

by Alexandra Grundy | Posted January 30, 2016

I fell in love with Italy at first visit. I was with my family at 14 years young. It was my first time in Europe, as well as my first time meeting my extended Italian family.

Although it was a strange place, it immediately felt like home. My family and I went to Italy again four years later, this time choosing a more adventurous route: in 10 days, we traveled to Lake Garda, the Dolomites, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Turin. The trip, though short, had its fair share of Italian adventures that stand out in my mind and might prepare you for magic you’ll experience should you decide to venture around Northern Italy yourself ... 


About the Author | Alex Grundy is a student of English, Journalism, and Italian at the University of Delaware. She is a lover of books, food, and adventure, and thrives in environments that force her to journey out of her comfort zones. Ever since her first trip to Italy when she was 14, she has been set on exploring the world and (someday soon) living abroad. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, meditating, and spending time with the people she loves.

Plan Your Trip to Northern Italy!

Want to head out on your very own Italian Adventure? Check out our Dreaming of the Dolomites trip coming up this fall! And remember, if you can't make those dates work, we are always happy to create a customized trip for you or support you on a Self-Guided Adventure!