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
There are small towns located all around Lake Garda. The north of the lake seems to be more for the people who enjoy a quiet, peaceful holiday, but a bell rings from the northern- most town of Riva Del Garda often early in the morning. The south has a theme park and a few man-made beaches so is for the more outgoing, adventurous person.
The Toblino Castle is a rare example of lake fortification. Situated in the valley between the lakes Padergnone and Sarche of Calavino in the province of Trento .The structure is perched on a small peninsula, and protected by the Lake. Its position has obvious reasons for this defensive strategy
The Monte Brione is a situated on the northern end of Lake Garda .Despite its low a altitude of 376 meters at the top, you have an excellent panoramic view of the surrounding towns such as Riva del Garda and Torbole Nago , the surrounding mountains and the north end of Lake Garda.
Set in the Dolomites which from June 2009 was included by UNESCO on its list of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, the Hochpustertal is a wonderful holiday destination both in summer and in winter alike. In the summer there are beautiful mountains inviting you to cycle, hike, climb or walk. In winter there are perfectly groomed slopes and cross-country trails to follow.
South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology/Südtiroler Archäologiemuseum/ Museo archeologico dell’Alto Adige, is a specialist archaeological museum in the city of Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, northern Italy. It is the home of the preserved body of Ötzi the Iceman.
The town of Pergine is dominated by the historic ‘Castello Pergine’, it is a 13th century castle surrounded by robust walls and situated on the hillfort of Tegazzo which dominates the Alta Valsugana Valley. In history it was the property of the Dukes of Austria and then it belonged to Emperor Massimiliano I.
Trento Cathedral –Cattedrale di San Vigilio, Duomo di Trento- is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Trento, northern Italy. It is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Trento, and, until 1802, was the seat of the Bishopric of Trent. It was built over a pre-existing 6th-century church devoted to Saint Vigilius /San Vigilio, patron saint of the city.
The Peace Trail, Trentino
The 520 km long Peace Trail connect the most significant military sites, from the memory of war comes a call for peace. Eighty fortresses, nineteen museums dedicated to the Great War and hundreds of kilometres of military trails and trenches: Trentino’s extraordinary historical heritage, a precious opportunity to not forget the past and underline the importance of peace
Cities, Towns and Villages in Trentimo-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Merano/Meran is the second largest town in South Tyrol with a population of about 35,000 . A slight majority of the population is German-speaking, while the others are Italian-speaking. Merano, with its delightfully mild climate, lovely surroundings and rich, varied vegetation, is a famous health spa resort.
In the far north of Italy, near the border with Austria, this region has a very strong Austrian influence in it’s cuisine, especially in the South Tyrol section. The Speck Alto Adige is a wonderful juniper-flavoured ham and is well worth looking out for. The Austrian influence brings Goulash, Knödel, Apfel Strudel, Kaiserschmarrn, Krapfen, Rösti, Spätzle as typical dishes to the region.
Discover a wealth of information on travelling by Motorhome, Caravan or Boat when planning your holiday or trip of a lifetime
Which ever way you wish to travel, do it with style!