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Merano

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Gardens · Spas · Historic Walking Areas
Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. Generally best known for its spa resorts, it is located within a basin, surrounded by mountains standing up to 3335m above sea level, at the entrance to the Passeier Valley and the Vinschgau.In the past, the town has been a popular place of residence for several scientists, literary people, and artists, including Franz Kafka, Ezra Pound, Paul Lazarsfeld, and also Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who appreciated its mild climate.HistoryPlace-nameMeran is the German name for the town; Merano is the Italian name. Both are used in English. The Ladin form of the name is Maran. The official name of the municipality is Stadtgemeinde Meran in German and Comune di Merano in Italian (both are in official use).In 17th-century Latin, the town was called Meranum. Other archaic names are Mairania (from 857 AD) and an der Meran (from the 15th century).OriginThe area has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC, as shown by the presence of menhirs and other findings. The story of the city proper began in 15 BC when the Romans occupied the Adige valley founding a road station, Statio Maiensis.
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Garden
I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Spa
Terme Merano
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Walking Area
Merano Centro Storico
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Hiking Trail
Tappeiner Promenade
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Merano

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Children’s Museum
MUSE - Science Museum Trento
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Water Body
Lago di Braies Braies
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Ski Area
Val Gardena Selva di Val Gardena
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology Bolzano
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Merano

Hiking Trail
Meran Waalrunde
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Ski Area
Meran 2000
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Hiking Trail
Merano High Mountain Trail
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Scenic Walking Area
Passeggiata sul Lungo Passirio
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Merano

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Church
Chiesa di San Pietro Quarazze
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Castle
Touriseum
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Chiesa di Santo Spirito
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church
Santa Maria del Conforto Church
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Merano

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Art Museum
Palais Mamming Museum
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Specialty Museum
Castello Rametz - Wine Museum
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Specialty Museum
Jewish Museum and Synagogue
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Trails in Merano

Biking Trail
La Pista Ciclabile della Val Passiria
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

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