Information about Alpine ski resorts, airports, transportation in Trentino Alto Adige, plus photographs, guidebooks, books and movies
Trentino Alto Adige Photographs, Museums, Alpine Skiing, Transportation
Trentino Alto Adige is perhaps the least Italian of regions. Laid out along the country's northeastern border with Austria, it is a breathtaking land of saw-toothed ridges and snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows and glittering waterfalls, popular ski resorts and immaculate medieval towns. In winter, the skiing is absolutely unparalleled. Spring and fall offer enchanting hikes along an extensive network of well-marked trails, with stops in remote mountain hamlets where German is the most common language and dumplings are more prevalent than spaghetti. Italians have long known this to be one of their best vacation spots, combining glorious nature, warm hospitality, reliable accommodations and, with a few memorable exceptions, extremely affordable prices.
If you look for Trentino Alto Adige on a map, you'll find that many of the localities have two names, such as Bolzano/Bozen, Merano/Meran, Bressanone/Brixen, Cortaccia/Kurtatsch, Castelvecchio/Altenburg, Corno Nero/Schwarzhorn and of course,
Corno Bianco/Weisshorn. Despite its calm, pastoral, orderly appearance, this is a deeply divided region, an area which has long struggled to find a homogenous identity for itself. Napoleon was a key player in this story, as it was he who conquered the region and placed it under the realm of the Austrian Habsburgs, who ruled it until it was returned to Italy at the end of World War I. A large and very vocal segment of the local population never accepted that political arrangement, and in 1939, Mussolini gave them the chance to either accept Italian citizenship and remain or assume German citizenship and emigrate north. The overwhelming majority chose the latter option, leaving this largely rural territory even more underpopulated than before.
In 1948, the Italian legislature made Trentino Alto Adige an autonomous region. While this may sound like a reasonable solution, it has actually proved to be little more than another political expedient which has led, in a way, to further estrangement from Italy and to a sort of de facto internal division. Even the most casual visitor will have little trouble noticing that Trentino, the southern part of the region centered around the beautiful city of Trento, is far more Italian than Alto Adige, which is also known as Südtyrol. In addition, sprinkled throughout the mountain valleys of both areas are about 80,000 residents who, clinging to yet another ethnic tradition, speak an ancient language known as Ladin. This utterly incomprehensible tongue, a combination of Celtic dialects and Latin, resulted from the encounter of northern colonists and Roman legions in the first century BC. The town of Vigo di Fassa has an interesting museum illustrating the history and colorful customs of the Ladin people.
Many foreign travelers first encounter Trentino Alto Adige on their way south from Austria. Starting from the dizzying heights of the Brenner Pass, In Italy has arranged an itinerary for you to visit the many splendors of this, the Rooftop of Italy.
- Travel with us to the spectacular Dolomite Mountains, criss-crossed by thousands of ski runs and hiking trails; visit charming mountain villages and medieval Tyrolean towns, perfectly preserved castles and hillside Gothic chapels.
- One of the prettiest and most interesting towns in the region is Merano. Click here to find out why.
- Where there are mountains there are valleys, and where there are valleys there are castles to guard them. Few places on earth can boast as many magical castles as Trentino Alto Adige.
- Don't expect to gorge yourself on pasta in Trentino Alto Adige: at the end of your hair-raising drive through precipitous mountain passes you're more likely to find würstel and zauerkraut on the menu.
- The many
official mountain climbing schools of Trentino Alto Adige offer you a chance to climb, hike or ski in a group led by an expert guide.
- If you are a skier, one of the best ways to see Trentino Alto Adige is the Dolomite Superski pass, which offers access to
over 1200 km of ski runs. Even if you don't ski, there are plenty of places to see and charming hotels to stay in.
- Follow this itinerary through the province of Bolzano, a wine-lover's paradise where miles and miles of vineyards alternate with vast flowering orchards.
- Find the location, zip code, area code, province or region of a specific town.
- A Trentino Photo Album.
- Find a flag of Trentino Alto Adige, along with hundreds of other flags from Italy and around the world.
- Useful WWW links.
- A year-round calendar of the colorful festivals and pageants held throughout the region of Trentino Alto Adige.
- Ceramics, kitchen utensils, hand-made linens, antique bric-a-brac: what better place to find souvenirs for your friends and yourself than a flea market, set in the shadow of a 16th-century cathedral, perchance? Keep this calendar of outdoor markets in Trentino Alto Adige for your files.
- The basic facts about Trentino Alto Adige.
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