The region of Trentino-Alto Adige is known for its exceptional regional cuisine and shopping in the region is mainly based on food products. Biroldi con crauti are typical blood sausages filled with pine nuts, walnuts and chestnuts and flavored with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The most popular cheese produced in the region is Asiago cheese which is also more popularly known as Pressato cheese. There are two forms of Asiago available, fresh and mature. Fresh Asiago is mild in flavor and has an off-white color, while matured cheese is grainy and has a yellowish color.
Another typical product of the region is speck, boned pork ham seasoned, then smoked and aged according to local traditions. Trentino Alto-Adige also offers a variety of sausages and salamis like baldonazzi, carne salata, coiga, kaminwurz and lardo.
In Italy the best way to shop for produce and local products is visiting some of the open air markets taking place regularly everywhere in the country. If you are after antiques and other unique things, then you should visit flea markets. Bolzano holds markets in more than one day of the week, but changing location every day. Vipiteno has markets on Wednesdays and Fridays and Trento have large ones on Saturdays in and around Piazza Garzetti.
The town of Levico Terme offers a large and interesting antique market on the first Sunday of every month, in Piazza Venezia. More than 100 vendors participate each time: on their stalls you’ll be able to find a large variety of antiques and collectibles like old coins, military objects, ancient maps and stamps.
Balzano is one of the region’s best shopping places. It’s a large town and famous tourist destination. In Bolzano every district has its own streets and shopping areas. The main shopping area there is city’s historical center. You will find here the beautiful Thun ceramic sculpture as well as many Italian and Tyrolean fashion labels. One of the most popular shopping streets in Trentino Alto-Adige is Arcades Lauben in Bolzano. This beautiful street is lined on both sides with many international and Italian chains of stores selling fashion clothes, accessories and other items.
Sights: Val Gardena, Trauttmansdorff Castle Gardens, Lake Prags
Hotels: Hotel Montana, Villa Madruzzo, NH Trento