Trentino-Alto Adige

In the far north of Italy, along the Austrian border, is Trentino-Alto Adige. Here, two rather different provinces, Bolzano and Trentino, come together to form one region. They remain semi-autonomous from each other and also from the Italian government in Rome.


Bolzano province is also known as the Alto Adige or, to German-speakers, the Südtirol (south Tyrol). It is far from the typical Italy and, in fact, feels more like Austria, Germany or German-speaking Switzerland than it does Italy. The southern province, Trentino, is more Italian in character.


The architecture of the whole region has strong Teutonic influence.


Language in Trentino-Alto Adige

Trentino-Alto Adige is officially bilingual (actually trilingual, to include the minority Ladin language). Road signs are in both Italian and German, and towns and cities tend to have both Italian and German versions of their names (Bolzano/Bozen, Merano/Meran, Bressanone/Brixen).


Trentino province is Italian-speaking but in the Alto Adige, formerly part of Austria, German is more prevalent than Italian.


What to see and do in Trentino-Alto Adige

Enjoy the Dolomites

Lake Carezza in Trentino-Alto AdigeThe Dolomite mountains, a significant section of the Alps, dominate this area, making it marvellous for skiing, hiking and other mountain activities.  The water springing from local sources is renowned for its health-giving properties and the spas are plentiful. After a day’s walking in the Dolomites, relaxing in a thermal bath is exactly what the doctor ordered!  For more information about making the most of the mountains, see (in English).


Enjoy the lakes

There are many beautiful lakes in this mountainous region, including the shallow, warm Lake Caldaro; the 'rainbow' lake Carezza and, in the south of the region, Lake Garda.


Explore the cities

Some picturesque and interesting cities to see in Trentino-Alto Adige include:




Eating and drinking in Trentino-Alto Adige

To eat, particularly in Bolzano province in the north of the region, you are more likely to be offered Wienerschnitzel and Sauerkraut than spaghetti. The local food can be wonderful but don’t expect pasta and pizza for every meal. Be sure to try some Speck, a smoked pork salume sausage that originated in this region but is now popular all over Italy. If you like polenta, Trentino is a good place to find it at its best.


Trentino-Alto Adige produces a lot of good wine and is a great place to go if you're interested in tasting and learning about wine. Following the Strada del Vino (Weinstrasse in German) around the region makes a very enjoyable holiday in itself.


For more information about Trentino-Alto Adige...

Buy a guide book for travelling around Trentino-Alto Adige.


Check out these websites:

Visit Trentino - official website

Südtirol tourist information

Suedtirolerland - loads of useful info (English version)

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