The Village of Castagné, lying close to Pergine, translates as ‘Chestnuts’ due to the many chesnut trees in the area. There is a large crucifix situated next the church of Santa Caterina, which has been carved from the trunk of a single chestnut tree, this can be seen for a long way away and is very striking from close-up. this quiet, pretty little village offers stunning views across the valley towards Pergine.
In the far north of Italy, near the border with Austria, this region has a very strong Austrian influence in it’s cuisine, especially in the South Tyrol section. The Speck Alto Adige is a wonderful juniper-flavoured ham and is well worth looking out for. The Austrian influence brings Goulash, Knödel, Apfel Strudel, Kaiserschmarrn, Krapfen, Rösti, Spätzle as typical dishes to the region.
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