Trentino Alto Adige – Südtirol

Lago RItorto - Photo © Giuliano Bernardi
Lago RItorto – Photo © Giuliano Bernardi


The Province of Trento lies to the south of the Province of Bolzano, coinciding with the geographic-historical area known as Trentino. The territory is mainly formed by mountains and valleys and bears amazing landscapes of rare beauty such as the Alps – which in this particular region are known as the Tridentine Alps – and the Dolomites, also known as the Monti Pallidi or Pale Mountains, reflecting as they do the colors of the sun.

This landscape abounds with singular natural treasures, among which are the famous Segonzano Pyramids, bizarre columns formed by high peaks that are in turn surmounted by boulders; and the spectacular Nardis Cascades in Val di Genova, white waterfalls that rush over contrasting black rocks. Beautiful valleys like those of Val di FassaVal di Fiemme and Val di Non run between the Dolomites, and are home to modern tourist resorts surrounded by breathtaking lakes, woods and pastures.

However, nature and scenery are by no means Trento’s only attractions; it also thrives with art and culture: the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MART) in Rovereto serve as prime venue for many artistic and cultural initiatives. This area’s important heritage is visible in the architecture of its tiny villages, its castles, and many traditions, such as the typical Trento Christmas Market.

Apples, for example, or the green of the valleys, the candor of the snow-capped mountains, or perhaps the placid lakes: Trentino – High Adige / Sudtirol is a region that irresistibly evokes images of genuineness, naturalness and quiet.

So whether your holiday will be spent on the banks of Lake Garda, in the Stelvio National Park, among the spectacular Dolomites Mountains, in one of the many verdant valleys, or skiing at Madonna di Campiglio or San Martino di Castrozza, you are sure to find exactly what you’re looking for: splendid nature, excellent hospitality, excellent food and wine.

For lovers of culture and history, this area has much in store: the provinces of Trento or Bozen (both provinces with their own special autonomy) have their fair share of historic sites and monuments to admire.

Trento’s Romanesque/Gothic Cathedral dating from 1545 to 1563 hosted the most famous Council of Christianity. Also, the town of Rovereto vaunts two particular points of architectural interest, both dating back to the 15th century: the Castle and the Church of St. Mark. On the hill of Miravalle, the great Bell of those fallen in war provides the suitable occasion for a civil pilgrimage.

St. Zyprian Kirchlein
St. Zyprian Kirchlein – © TVB Rosengarten Latemar

Alto Adige – Südtirol

In Bolzano – Bozen in German, a city where Italian and German cultures seamlessly blend together, between the many architectural sites we recommend beginning from a “lesser” work, yet one which have a great symbolic interest: the Porta del Vino (the “Wine Gate”) inside Bolzano’s gothic Cathedral, artistically engraved with images of peasants at the work between the vines.

Homage to wine, which here is produced with excellent results – just one more reason for this region’s appeal. Not to be missed is the Domenican Church, with its 14th century fresco on the “Triumph of Death” in clear Giotto style. Finally, Merano is a pretty and highly popular tourist center with ancient porticoes and a suggestive historic center.

Alto Adige – Sudtirol is a German speaking province, where food is more similar to Austrian food than to Italian. Smoked speck is a specialty here. And… don’t forget the mountains, both in winter and in summer time there is always something to do.

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Pustertal – Val Pusteria

While the Pustertal valley – Val Pusteria in Italian – is the valley further north and most remote, it is very well served by public transportation: very modern local trains run every half hour and connect with local buses that take you to the lateral valleys. It is highly recommended to leave your car and savor the joy of a ride in these panoramic trains.