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Trentino Alto Adige Travel Guide

Where is Alto Adige? 

Bordering Austria to the north and Trentino to the south, Alto Adige lies in Northeastern Italy.

Politically Alto Adige fits within the Trentino Alto Adige Region yet it was granted political and legislative autonomy under Italian law with establishment of the autonomous province of Bolzano. With strong ties to neighboring Austria, approximately 70% of the population of Alto Adige speaks German as its first language. 

Where is Trentino located?

Trentino lies in the northern part of Italy. It forms the southern part of the larger Trentino-Alto Adige region, with Alto Adige (or Südtirol) to its north. The region is known for its stunning landscapes, which include parts of the Dolomites, a range of the Southern Limestone Alps, and Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake, at its southern tip. The capital of Trentino is Trento, a city known for its rich history and cultural heritage.

What to see in Alto Adige?

  • Bolzano: the chief town of Alto Adige, hosting a famous Christmas market.
  • Merano: thermal site, Trattsmannsdorf Castle.
  • Lake Braies: the blue lake among the alps.
  • Lake Resia: picturesque artificial lake housing a submerged medieval church.
  • Ortisei: renowned ski resort.
  • Stelvio National Park: wildlife and hiking.
  • Maso buildings: traditional farm houses scattered around the region.

What to see in Trentino Alto Adige?

  • Trento: Historical city center, Buonconsiglio Castle, Trento Cathedral.
  • Lake Garda: Riva del Garda, Torbole, Limone sul Garda
  • The Dolomites: Hiking and ski resorts, awe-inspiring views
  • Madonna di Campiglio: Renowned ski resort, hiking trails
  • Castello di Thun: A well-preserved medieval castle
  • Molveno Lake: Picturesque lake with outdoor activities
  • MUSE: Science museum in Trento
  • Valle di Ledro: Nature, history, and the Lake Ledro
  • San Martino di Castrozza: Mountain resort in the Dolomites
  • Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta: Natural park with rich flora and fauna
  • Canazei: Gateway to the Sella Ronda ski circuit

What is the traditional dish of Alto Adige?

Germanic influences shape Alto Adige cuisine: schüttelbrot (crunchy flatbread with anise), Meraner sausages, sauerkraut, greaschtl (beef stews) and pretzels are common features in local restaurants. Speck Alto Adige IGP is the most famous local cut – similar to raw ham but slightly smoked. 

The traditional Canaderli (knödel) – also traditional of neighboring Trentino – consist of bread balls stuffed with eggs, speck, and vegetables such as spinach and beetroots. Apple strudel is the typical dessert. 

What is the traditional dish of Trentino?

Gastronomy in Trentino is all about hearty recipes for cold winter months. Canederli, bread dumplings stuffed with vegetables and speck, are the most famous specialty from the region, followed by strangolapreti ( spinach and bread dumplings, seasoned with cheese and herbs), polenta with mushrooms or game, and carne salada (cured beef). Austrian-Hungarian influences are evident in traditional desserts like zelten (fruit cake with orange zest and spices) and braedzel (sweet pretzel), and strudel. 

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