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Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, South Tyrol, Italy
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Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, Italy. Generally best known for its spa resorts, it is located within a basin, surrounded by mountains standing up to 3,335 m (11,000 ft), at the entrance to the Passeier Valley, the Vinschgau and the Ulten Valley. In the past the town has been a popular place of residence for several scientists, literary people, and artists, including Franz Kafka, Ezra Pound and Paul Lazarsfeld, who appreciated its mild climate.
Among the town's landmarks are the Museum of Tourism, which was opened in the spring of 2003 and shows the historical development of tourism in the province, and the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, a botanical garden. Both sites are located in the Trauttmansdorff Castle.
Also notable are the Steinerner Steg ("stone bridge") across the Passer and the medieval Ortenstein tower, popularly called Pulverturm (lit. "powder tower") and the theatre Stadttheater Meran.
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