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Trentino- Alto Adige (Trentino- South Tyrol) is another autonomous region in Northern Italy. Most of the region’s legislature and administration has been run by its two autonomous provinces, Trentino in the south and South Tyrol in the north. Trentino was once part of the Austrian and Holy Roman Empire from the 8th century until its annexation by Italy in 1919. Together with the Austrian state of Tyrol it is represented by the Euroregion Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino.

Trentino- Alto Adige is best known for the beauty of its mountainous peaks, giving the land a mixture of sub-continental and alpine climates. Summers here are warm and breezy, while winters are cold and snowy. This gives the region a year-round appeal. Whether you’re looking to ski the miles of slopes and ridges, see the fresh blossoms of spring, or bathe in the glow of warm valleys and many lakes during the summer, there is a season for all to enjoy.

Trentino- Alto Adige stretches from the Adamello-Brenta range and the peaks of Ortles and Cevedale to the most striking mountains in Europe, the Dolomites. This setting encloses an extraordinary variety of landscapes: magnificent snow-capped mountaintops, woods, wide valleys, streams, and lakes. The most striking natural feature and the essence of the region is the Dolomites. The Dolomites are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and offer an unforgettable experience for ski and winter sports lovers. Moreover, this region is the keeper of incredible artistic treasures, monuments, and architectural works that combine Austrian Gothic and the Italian Renaissance.



Mountain Sports: The snow-white scenery of the Dolomites offers the perfect situation for those who love skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, climbing, snowshoeing, and trekking for all levels of experience.

Walking and Hiking: In the summer, Trentino- Alto Adige is the ideal place for nature lovers to explore the many scenic routes throughout the region. Travelers can venture out on longs walks or hike through unadulterated nature, along the trails of the Stelvio National Park, in the woods of Fassa Valley, or among the high altitude lakes.

Trekking: If trekking the trails of beautiful mountain ranges is what you seek, Trentino- Alto Adige offers some of the best paths.  Explore the highest peaks on the Via Alpina, or the historic nature trail, Sentiero della Pace (Path of Peace).

Water Sports: The largest lake of the region, Lake Garda is ideal for nautical enthusiasts. Activities to choose from include: sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, and water skiing.


Trento: The route to discover this region starts in Trento. Trento is the capital city of the autonomous province Trentino. The architecture of the city center shows a strong Renaissance influence. Upon arrival you will see the imposing, most treasured monument of Trento, the Castello del Buonconsiglio. Other sites to see include: the Piazza del Duomo with the famous 18th century Fountain of Neptune, Palazzo Pretorio, and the Cathedral of Saint Vigilio. Finally, a must see while you’re visiting Trento are the stunning Dolomites.

Bolzano: The next stop for any visitor to Trentino- Alto Adige should be Bolzano. Bolzano is located in the northern part of the region, bordering with Switzerland and Austria. Also known as the ‘Gateway to the Dolomites,’ Bolzano boasts a number of natural, architectural, and culinary experiences to be enjoyed. You can characterize the Province of Bolzano by its majestic scenery, its picturesque small towns, and where three cultures and languages live together in harmony: Italian, German, and Ladin. Its most representative places are: Merano with its thermal baths, Bressanone for art, and the Tyrol.  Other places to see include Rovereto, with its museums, castles, the great ‘Bell of Peace’, the MART Museum, and Riva del Garda.



Speck: A distinctly flavored, dry smoke-cured ham, speck is considered a fine example of the melding of the Northern European and Mediterranean cultures that influenced the region.

Brò Brusà: Also known as burnt broth, this simple, thick broth soup is made of water, toasted flour, and Garda extra virgin olive oil. This versatile soup base is perfect for any addition, whether it’s pasta, poultry, or meat.

Goulash: Goulash is a gastronomic tradition of the region. This dish is the perfect representation of Hungarian influence on the region. Goulash is a meat stew made of veal, onions, tomato, and masterfully seasoned with the star ingredient of the dish, paprika.

Val di Non Apple: Vali di Non, a valley in South Tyrol, is known for its many apple orchards. Apples have woven themselves into many dishes in this area, especially Apple Strudel, from the region’s Austrian roots.


Festa in Vino: Take a trip down the South Tyrolean Wine Road from mid-May to mid-June and explore the sixteen towns that offer tours, music and entertainment, wine tastings, and other events. The month of events comes to an end with the ‘Night of the Cellars,’ when wine producers open their cellars for tastings.

Suoni delle Dolomiti:  Taking place in the summer months, June through August, the Suoni delle Dolomiti (The Sounds of the Dolomites) is an experience that harmoniously combines nature and music. This music event attracts talent from all over the world. The event’s premise is an unusual one. It starts with a hike to the chosen location, somewhere in the Dolomites, or sometimes in a wood or rock gully, and then ends with the show.

Christmas Market: During the Christmas Season, Trento opens its center to a wonderful Christmas market. The market has over 60 wooden huts selling traditional decorations for Christmas trees, nativity scenes, crafts, cakes, local products, original gift ideas, and local gourmet specialties. It is definitely the destination for holidaymakers looking for the perfect Yuletide atmosphere.

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