Trentino Alto Adige – Südtirol – Dolomites + mountains

Trentino Alto Adige - Südtirol
Lago RItorto – Photo © Giuliano Bernardi

Trentino Alto Adige – Südtirol includes the Province of Trento and the Province of Bolzano. They coincide with the geographic-historical area known as Trentino. The territory is principally mountains and valleys. It bears amazing landscapes of rare beauty such as the Alps. In this particular region, the Alps are known as the Tridentine Alps. The Dolomites are additionally known as the Monti Pallidi or Pale Mountains. They reflect the colors of the sun.

This landscape abounds with singular natural treasures, among which are the famous Segonzano Pyramids. They are bizarre columns formed by high peaks that are in turn surmounted by boulders.

There is also 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. They are home to modern tourist resorts surrounded by breathtaking lakes, woods, and pastures.

Nature and scenery are by no means Trento’s only attractions; art and culture are a big attraction too. The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MART) in Rovereto is a 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. Notable is the typical Trento Christmas Market.

Nature in Trentino Alto Adige – Südtirol

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

You are sure to find exactly what you’re looking for: splendid nature, excellent hospitality, excellent food, and wine. You can spend your vacation in many different places. On the banks of Lake Garda, in the Stelvio National Park, among the spectacular Dolomites Mountains, or in one of the many verdant valleys. You can be skiing at Madonna di Campiglio or San Martino di Castrozza and you will always find the same hospitality.

This area has much in store for lovers of culture and history. The provinces of Trento or Bozen have their fair share of historic sites and monuments to admire. Both provinces have their own special autonomy.

Trento’s Romanesque/Gothic Cathedral dating from 1545 to 1563 hosted the most famous Council of Christianity. 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. The great Bell of those fallen in war provides a suitable occasion for a civil pilgrimage. It’s on the hill of Miravalle.

St. Zyprian Kirchlein
St. Zyprian Kirchlein – © TVB Rosengarten Latemar
Alto Adige – Südtirol

Bolzano – Bozen in German, is 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 has a great symbolic interest. The Porta del Vino (the “Wine Gate”) is inside Bolzano’s gothic Cathedral. It’s 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. Don’t miss the Dominican Church, with its 14th-century fresco on the “Triumph of Death” in clear Giotto style. Merano is a pretty and highly popular tourist center. It has ancient porticoes and a suggestive historic center.

Alto Adige – Sudtirol is a German-speaking province. The food is similar to Austrian food. Smoked speck is a specialty here. Don’t forget the mountains. There is always something to do in winter and in the summertime.

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Pustertal – Val Pusteria

The Pustertal valley – Val Pusteria in Italian – is the valley further north and most remote in Italy. Public transportation serves it very well. Very modern local trains run every half hour and connect with local buses that take you to the lateral valleys. I highly recommend to leave your car and savor the joy of a ride in these panoramic trains.