Trentino-Alto Adige is an enchanting Italian region with romantic-looking castles, steep mountain peaks and relaxing spa towns. Austria and Switzerland border Trentino-Alto Adige to the north, making it a grand entrance to the rest of Italy. Race down the slopes at an alpine ski resort, go trekking along remote nature trails and enjoy the social scene in mountain villages.
Explore the Dolomites, a scenic mountain range with snow-capped peaks, dense woods and streams that cut through the landscape. Ski or snowboard your way through winter resorts such as Madonna di Campiglio and Selva Val Gardena. After days on the slopes, head into the villages in the evening for classic Italian cuisine and late-night cocktails.
In the warmer months, enjoy miles of hiking trails in Stelvio National Park. Wander through the historic Sentiero della Pace (Path of Peace), which follows important sites of the front line in World War I. Look for Golden Delicious apples growing along the Apple Trail in the Val di Non.
Castles in stunning settings provide impressive views across the region. Go to Beseno Castle, an imposing fortress that towers over the Adige Valley, and enjoy cultural reenactments and interactive activities suitable for the entire family. Other must-visit castles include Tirolo, Roncolo and Appiano.
Trentino-Alto Adige’s towns are packed with art and history. Visit Trento to see Buonconsiglio Castle and a beautiful Romanesque cathedral. Meander through the narrow streets of Bolzano, where pastel-colored terraced houses overlook the Piazza del Municipio. War history is a popular subject in Roverto. The topic is especially well-covered in the War History Museum and at Dante Castle’s Military Memorial.
For a scenic arrival, travel by train to either Trento or Rovereto. The region is a 1- to 2-hour drive or shuttle bus from surrounding airports. Once in Trentino, continue driving on the well-maintained roads or make use of local buses and trains.
Come and see why Trentino-Alto Adige is a popular skiing and hiking destination for travelers looking to be enchanted by Northern Italy’s stunning landscapes.