Trentino-Alto Adige is one of the five autonomous regions in Italy. It is located in the north-east of the country and consists of two provinces: Bolzano and Trento. The region is bordered by Austria to the north and by Switzerland to the north-west. It is extremely mountainous region covering a large part of the Dolomites and the southern Alps.
Trentino-Alto Adige is known as one of the best holiday locations in Italy. It offers the visitor popular ski resorts and amazing medieval towns, glorious nature and extremely affordable prices. All year round the area offers breathtaking scenery with sharp ridges, snow-capped peaks, lush alpine meadows and spectacular waterfalls.
Dolomites is the most striking natural feature of the region which is designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and offer unforgettable experience for ski and winter sports lovers.
Apart from natural attractions Trentino-Alto Adige is home for incredible artistic treasures, monuments and architectural works that combine Gothic and Italian Renaissance. There are amazing castles which host a wide range of prestigious art exhibitions and cathedrals in the area. The city of Trento is rich with recently restored antique frescoed palaces which are worth to be visited.
The region boasts internationally-famous ski resorts such as Madonna di Campioglio, Gardena Valley. Trekking lovers can explore the highest peaks by following the beautiful tracts provided with routes and well-equipped mountain refuges. There is a Lake Garda which is encircled by Mediterranean vegetation and is ideal for so many different activities like mountain biking, sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving and hiking.
The region offers many food-and- wine trails leading to vineyards of the famous pinot noir grape and to the area where spumante sparkling wine and white wines are produced. Trentino Alto Adige is home to many events: from the traditional Christmas markets of Bolzano and Merano 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.
Location: North of Italy
Capital of the region: Trento
Sights: Lake Prags, Val Gardena, Trauttmansdorff Castle Gardens
Cuisine: You should try: Canederli, gulasch, smoked speck
Hotels: Centro Pineta Family Hotel & Wellness, Aktivhotel Santalucia, Alpino Family Hotel
Shopping: If you’re after antiques or vintage clothing, then you should check out flea markets in the area. Bolzano holds markets in more than one day of the week, but changing location every day. Its main market, however, is usually held on Saturdays. Vipiteno has markets on Wednesdays and Fridays, and Trento have large ones on Saturdays.