The stunningly beautiful region of Trentino-Alto-Adige in the north of Italy has a wonderful backdrop with the majestic Dolomites. It is also home to a great number of lakes. This region was under Austrian rule for many years and that influence can been seen in its cuisine and a great many people also speak German. Trentino is an agricultural region and produces a great amount of fruits such as apples and grapes for its wines.
The region is bordered by Tyrol (Austria) to the north, by Graubünden (Switzerland) to the north-west and by the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto to the west and south, respectively. It is extremely mountainous, covering a large part of the Dolomites and the southern Alps. Trentino has an area of 6,207 km2, most of it mountainous land and covered by vast forests . The climate varies through the province, from an alpine climate to subcontinental one, with warm and variable summers and cold and quite snowy winters. The region has always been a favourite destination for tourists, both in winter for skiing in the high mountains and in summer to visit the wide valleys and many lakes (the largest being Lake Garda) can be found. South Tyrol has an area of 7,400 km2, all of it mountainous land and covered by vast forests. In Italy, the province borders on Lombardy in the west, Trento in the south and Veneto in the east. The climate is of the continental type, owing to the influence of the many mountain ranges which stand at well over 3,000 metres above sea-level and the wide valleys through which flow the main river, the Adige, from north to south and its numerous tributaries. The city of Bolzano, is the capital of the province. The lowest pass across the Alps, the Brenner Pass, is located at the far north of the region on the border with Austria
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