Trentino & South Tyrol
Bolzano, Madonna di Campiglio, Trento, Rovereto, Merano, Dolomiti, Stelvio National Park, Fassa Valley
Trentino & South Tyrol is situated in the very north of Italy bordering Austria and Switzerland, and is best known for the beauty of its peaks…
… such as the Dolomites which offer an unforgettable experience for outdoor sports lovers. Trentino and South Tyrol encloses an extraordinary variety of landscapes: magnificent snow-capped mountaintops, woods, wide valleys, streams, lakes, typical villages with soaring bell towers, and the amazing beauty of unspoilt nature.
The Dolomites Mountains, UNESCO World Heritage site since 2009, are undoubtedly the most spectacular mountains among the Alps, due to their shape and beauty; and also, thanks to the characteristic of their rock, consisting of fossilised coral reefs.
Trentino and South Tyrol is perfect for walking and hiking along the trails of the Stelvio National Park, the Fassa Valley or Val di Fiemme.
The region is also a perfect destination for lake lovers: there are about 300 of them, large and small, nestled in valleys, most of them with beautiful backdrops of mountains. Not only Lake Garda, the largest in Italy, but also Ledro, Molveno, Tenno, Toblino and many more.
Land of junction between Latin and Nordic worlds, the region is the guardian of a remarkable cultural heritage, made up of prehistoric evidence, charming castles, sanctuaries and towns with great historical and artistic value.
Bolzano, is a true symbol of the fusion of Latin and Germanic cultures, and its Gothic cathedral is a perfect example.
Madonna di Campiglio, known as the Pearl of the Dolomites, is one of Italy’s premier ski resorts. It sits at an altitude of 1550 metres between the Brenta Dolomites and the glaciers of Adamello and Presanella. Popular with wealthy Italians, Madonna di Campiglio has a party atmosphere and comes alive during the evening stroll.
Trento, known as the meeting place of the Ecumenical Council of the Catholic Church (1545-1563), boasts a Lombard Romanesque Cathedral decorated, during the 14th century, with stunning Renaissance frescos, and the huge Buonconsiglio Castle from where you can enjoy the view across the valley to the surrounding mountains.
Also important towns are: Rovereto, with its museums, castles, the great “bell of peace” and the MART museum of modern art; Riva del Garda, with the Pretorio Palace and its austere yet elegant 13th-Century fortress.
The castles of the region are enchanting – a visit to the Castles of Tirolo, Roncolo and Appiano is a must. Finally, take a moment at Beseno Castle so that you can admire the breathtaking views.
A number of spa towns offer treatments and therapies, of which Merano and Levico Terme are the most famous. The thermal spa in Merano is a natural oasis in the heart of the town, signed by the famous architect Matteo Thun.
The many food-and-wine trails of this region lead to the vineyards and wineries where spumante sparkling wine and the regional famous white wines are produced; as well as to discover local specialties like speck and chestnuts with the traditional “Törggelen”, a celebration of the young wine coming from a centuries-old South Tyrolean tradition. The Törggelen takes place from about October to the middle of November.
The Apple Trail in the Val di Non and Val di Sole is a unique combination of colours and scents: in spring during flowering, when the valleys and apple trees are full of pink and white apple blossoms; and in autumn, when trees bend under the weight of their juicy apples.
Trentino Alto Adige is home to a wide array of traditional events: from the traditional Christmas markets in South Tyrol, to the festival of San Vigilio in Trento, as well as local festivals and countless fairs dedicated to wine, chestnuts, mushrooms and other excellent local products.
During the holiday season Christmas markets truly transform villages and cities into something out of a fairy-tale. The scent of freshly baked apple strudel hangs in the air, market stalls with traditional, handcrafted South Tyrolean products and handmade Christmas decorations attract visitors. The most famous markets are indeed in Bolzano/Bozen, Merano/Meran, Bressanone/Brixen, Vipiteno/Sterzing, and Brunico/Bruneck.
The regional traditional food is based on simple yet tasty dishes, made with the products of local agriculture and farming. The region’s most celebrated specialty is the Tyrol smoked ham known as “speck”. Another Alpine speciality is the “canederli”, a kind of dumplings.
The Val di Non apples are used to prepare the famous and tasty strudel and fruit tarts.
Trentino Alto Adige boasts a remarkable production of excellent wines, with vines planted in gravity-defying rows along the sides of deep valleys. The area produces some of Italy’s most exceptional white wines: Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Müller Thurgau and Spumante sparkling wine just to name are few.