Il Trentino-Alto Adige it is synonymous with nature, summer and winter sports, excursions, trekking, art, culture and excellent cuisine. We want to name for example the Dolomites, the glaciers of the Adamello-Brenta park, Lake Braies and the Adige river, just to mention some of the most fascinating places, without forgetting that the territory is divided into large valleys such as the Val di Fassa, Val di Fiemme, Val Gardena and Val Badia with views ranging from coniferous forests to majestic peaks. And this is just a taste! Let's find out what the places to visit absolutely in Trentino-Alto Adige!
- Merano, Trauttmansdorff Castle and the Gardens
- Plateaus of Folgaria, Lavarone and Luserna
- Val di Funes
- Val Gardena and Puez-Odle Nature Park
- Val Badia
- Madonna di Campiglio
- Levico Terme
- Val di Non
- Beseno Castle
- Riva del Garda
- Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa
- Lake of Braies
- User questions and comments
1 - Trento
One of the first stops to do in Trentino-Alto Adige cannot be missed ihe capital of Trentino, Trento, a small and charming city, colorful and characteristic, rich in history, art and culture. Among the alleys of its historic center you will admire a mix of medieval walls and frescoed buildings, such as the Cazuffi-Rella houses, but also Renaissance buildings that alternate bright colors. The beautiful Piazza Duomo with the imposing Fountain of Neptune surrounded by the majestic is unmissable Cathedral of San Vigilio, But also the Buonconsiglio Castle which was the seat of the Bishops, the Sass (underground museum that preserves the remains of Roman Trento), the MUSE (museum of natural sciences) and the MARCH (museum of modern and contemporary art which consists of two locations, in Trento and Rovereto) which preserves works by artists such as Andy Warhol.
2 - Bolzano
An hour away from Trento, the capital of South Tyrol, Bolzano, awaits you. Another city of modest size but picturesque and lively, considered the border between the Italian and German world where bilingualism reigns. Also in Bolzano you will find characteristic alleys surrounded by medieval buildings but this time with influences of the Austro-Hungarian period, among which to discover interesting museums and castles such as the unmissable archaeological Museum e Castel Roncolo, but also the characteristics via Goethe e Piazza delle Erbe, a colorful square in the heart of the city center. Of course, don't miss the main square, Walther Square, where the beautiful Cathedral and the Romanesque Basilica are located. Last but not least, if you go to Bolzano during the Christmas holidays, you will find its colorful Christmas markets!
3 - Merano, Trauttmansdorff Castle and the Gardens
Merano + a city in South Tyrol. Here, too, the historic center is full of buildings from great architectural influence of the Austro-Hungarian period, characteristic and very colorful, and walking through its narrow streets takes you back in time. We recommend visiting the Church of San Giorgio and that of San Nicolò and then moving to the nearby Trauttmansdorff Castle and its gardens, among the most beautiful in Italy. Inside the gardens a botanical journey awaits you among different thematic areas: "Woods in the World", "Gardens of the Sun", "Landscapes of South Tyrol" and "Aquatic and Terraced Gardens". Finally, remember that even in Merano in winter there are and unmissable Christmas markets!
4 - Plateaus of Folgaria, Lavarone and Luserna
Folgaria, Lavarone and Luserna are 3 very characteristic mountain villages. A short distance from each other, visiting them all means taking a trip into the past and especially immersing yourself in the period of World War I between remains of fortresses and trenches located on these plateaus. In fact, Trentino-Alto Adige was one of the main battlefields, which is why it still preserves these remains today. Furthermore Folgaria, Lavarone and Luserna are ideal destinations to spend the white week in the name of skiing and other winter sports, as well as hosting the Christmas markets in a very suggestive winter atmosphere enriched by the typical mountain houses made of wood and walls with more lively colors.
5 - Rovereto
Rovereto is the third largest city in the region for importance and size, another historical and cultural site. Founded in the Middle Ages, today they remain from that era narrow streets and squares, but it is also possible to admire beautiful eighteenth-century buildings which give it a Venetian atmosphere. Between unmissable attractions we mention the Church of San Marco, Casa Depero and the imposing Castle, but also the Civic Museum and the MARCH.
6 - Val di Funes
Val di Funes is a large valley in South Tyrol that extends between Bressanone and Santa Maddalena and takes its name from the main town in its territory. Like all the valleys of Trentino-Alto Adige, also Val di Funes offers the possibility of both summer and winter holidays thanks to the many possible activities, as well as boasting one of the best landscapes in the region. It is indeed located in the heart of the Dolomites where, among green expanses and woods, it is always possible to admire the imposing rocky massifs nearby. The Val di Funes becomes in winter one of the major ski areas (for example the Col di Poma is very popular), while in summer you can go trekking among the different paths, horse riding, via ferrata and full days in the Funes Adventure Park. Do not miss the small villages of San Valentino, San Giacomo, Colle and Valluzza.
7 - Val Gardena and Puez-Odle Natural Park
Val Gardena is another South Tyrolean valley located in the Dolomites, very interesting from a geographical and cultural point of view. First of all, it takes its name from the river that crosses it, the Rio Gardena, and extends between just 3 villages (Ortisei, Santa Cristina di Val Gardena and Selva di Val Gardena) and between the mountain range called the Gardena Dolomites. The whole area is dominated by trilingualism: Italian, German and Ladin. The latter is the dialect of the Ladin Valleys, an ancient Dolomite region. Of great naturalistic interest is the Puez-Odle Natural Park, in addition to the beautiful winter ski slopes such as the Sellaronda route. The park is located at a height of 2500 meters and in fact offers a beautiful view of the valley. Inside there are various alpine plants, eseplari of chamois, roe deer, deer, fallow deer and eagle owls.
8 - Val Badia
Yet another valley in South Tyrol, Val Badia is located between Val Pusteria (in the far north of the region) and Val Gardena and it consists of 6 locations renowned for winter sports and mountain holidays: Colfosco, Corvara, La Villa, La Val, San Cassiano and Badia. Obviously, once again, you are in the heart of the Dolomites where you can ski for example on the famous Grand Risa and Sella Ronda slopes, practice trekking, climbing, horse riding and visit the villages Pedraces and San Leonardo. The Ladin language spoken by most of the elderly inhabitants still lives in Val Badia!
9 - Madonna di Campiglio
We move back to the province of Trento where Madonna di Campiglio is the host of all the ski resorts. In fact, it is not a valley but a village of just 800 inhabitants located at 1500 meters above sea level between the Brenta Dolomites and the Adamello glaciers where skiing is a real show for the eyes! Count 156 km of slopes of different levels of difficulty including the 3-TRE where every type of alpine race takes place (slalom, downhill, giant etc.) and the panoramic Graffer and Spinale Direttissima.
10 - Levico Terme
Trentino is also renowned for its spas, natural and relaxing. An unmissable thermal site is located in Levico Terme, as in fact the name itself indicates, located in a crazy natural context among the peaks of the Lagorai mountain range. Also in Levico there is a small jewel set among nature: a bathing lake (holder of the European Blue Flag recognition) which extends between the lower part of the town and the surrounding woods. Even the historic center of Levico Terme is very characteristic and to be discovered with its Austrian imprint. Let yourself be enchanted by Habsburg Park and from summer residence of Princess Sissi!
11 - Val di Non
Val di Non is one of the main valleys of Trentino, known above all for its vast production of excellent apples. The territory covers an area of 635 square meters at a variable height between 268 and 2999 meters, offering beautiful panoramas and breathtaking natural landscapes. Among the various attractions of the Val di Non we want to suggest the Canyon Rio Sass, a deep ravine carved by the river that cuts the center of the Alta Val di Non in two, walkable on walkways and ladders admiring the play of light, stalactites and stalagmites. But there are other activities in Val di Non! For example, you can spend days on his beautiful lakes such as Lake Santa Giustina and Lake Tovel, or participate in a gastronomic tour to discover apple crops with interesting walks among the apple orchards.
12 - Beseno Castle
Among the many castles present throughout the region we want to recommend a visit to Castel Beseno! In the municipality of Besenello, between Trento and Rovereto, this is it the largest fortress in Trentino. It was built on the top of a hill and upon arriving you immediately notice the imposing sixteenth-century bastions, which were added to the castle to reinforce it in anticipation of sieges with firearms. Entering and starting to visit it you will have the pleasure, in the large courtyard and in its rooms, of touch ancient court games, shields, armor, helmets, swords, tools and work tools, as well as admire the beautiful frescoes. Finally, walk along the walkway system along the walls and enjoy the suggestive panoramic view on the verdant valley. We also point out that in the summer various events and historical re-enactments are hosted.
13 - Riva del Garda
Riva del Garda is the town located on the short stretch of Lake Garda belonging to the Trentino region. The lake has always been a renowned natural attraction where it is possible to visit many lovely places. Among these also Riva del Garda which offers various options for visitors such as mini cruises on the lake docking in nearby villages such as Linfano and Torbole, or food and wine tours among vineyards and olive groves, of which the area is very rich, which usually end with a tasting of local products.
14 - Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa
These two valleys are adjacent to each other, both of modest size, excellent for spending the white week thanks to well over 300 km of slopes between the Val di Fiemme / Obereggene ski area and the Val di Fassa / Carezza ski area. Both valleys, however, are also suitable for summer holidays because of the trekking opportunities they offer and of the bike path of 50 km which connects them to each other through the characteristic villages of Alba di Canazei, Campitello di Fassa, Fontanazzo, Campestrin, Mazzin, Pera di Fassa, Pozza di Fassa, Soraga, Moena, Predazzo and Molina di Fiemme. A truly suggestive ride on a track that in winter turns into Marcialonga cross-country ski track.
15 - Lake Braies
Last but not least, Lake Braies! Anyone who visits this splendid region cannot miss one of the most beautiful natural sites which, not surprisingly, has been renowned as the pearl of the Val di Braies. Located in the homonymous valley, from which it takes its name, Lake Braies it is located within the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park and it is a wonderful jewel nestled between the high peaks of the Dolomites where you can enjoy a boat ride on its clear waters, trekking in the surrounding paths and take striking photographs. The icing on the cake, Lake Braies is also known to be one of the settings of the TV series One Step from Heaven.
Seasonal Events: Christmas Markets and Palio del Brenta
But Trentino-Alto Adige is not just places, but also a destination for traditional and highly characteristic events to which we want to reserve a special mention!
In summer the Palio del Brenta is not to be missed, a wonderful medieval themed party where jugglers, archers and flag-wavers perform just to simulate an authentic event of that time. The culmination of the party is the raft on the Brenta! The event is held every year during the last week of August.
In winter, the Christmas markets are not to be missed spread throughout the region, from major cities to secondary cities and various villages. From the end of November to the beginning of January a series of wooden houses are set up with a wide and varied offer, from clothing, to crafts of all kinds, up to gastronomy, enlivened by events and music. Immerse yourself in the magical Christmas atmosphere among objects related to the holidays and typical Christmas scents such as mulled wine, bombardino and hot chocolate, savoring typical dishes such as dumplings, potato tortel and strudel.
Plan your trip: how to get there and where to sleep
It should be noted that due to the subdivision of its territory into different valleys, a complete tour of Trentino-Alto Adige is almost impossible.
In this regard, we advise you to focus on a few destinations, for example if you like nature, skiing and hiking identify a couple of valleys of your interest, possibly close or adjacent to each other, and organize an itinerary only on those. To give you some ideas, the Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa tour is feasible, based respectively in Canazei and Moena, or Val Gardena and Val di Funes staying overnight in Ortisei and Funes (accommodation from € 94,00).
With little time available, you can think instead of doing a tour of the main cities and towns, starting for example from Rovereto and passing through Trento, Bolzano and finally Merano (accommodation from € 48,00).
Whichever tour you want to do, you must know that to get to Trentino-Alto Adige there are no airports, however the ones nearby to consider are Verona and Bergamo-Orio Al Serio (flights from € 120,00), both connected to Bolzano from buses. However, there are also good rail connections with all of Italy!