Ötzi, the Dolomites and other interesting features

The region of Trentino-Alto Adige has only belonged to Italy since 1919. Trentino-Alto Adige is characterized in particular by its impressive nature. The geological, botanical and scenic diversity prompted the UNESCO International Commission of Experts to declare the Dolomites a World Heritage Site in 2009.

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Trentino-Alto Adige is a region in the north-east of Italy, bordering Austria and Switzerland. The region consists of two provinces: Trento and Bolzano – South Tyrol, which have different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. 1,073,574 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2022) live on an area of 13,604.72 km².

Trentino, as the province of Trento is also referred to, is predominantly Italian-speaking and has a long history as part of the Holy Roman Empire and later as part of Austria-Hungary. The landscape of Trentino is characterized by the Alps and includes the Adamello-Brenta Nature Park and the Stelvio National Park. The capital city of Trento is known for its medieval architecture and its university.

South Tyrol, by contrast, is predominantly German-speaking and was part of Austria-Hungary until the end of World War I. The landscape of South Tyrol is characterized by the Dolomites and is home to some of the most famous ski areas in Italy, such as Cortina d’Ampezzo and Val Gardena. The capital city of Bolzano is known for its Alpine architecture and archaeological museums.

Trentino-Alto Adige is also famous for its cuisine, which is influenced by Austrian and Italian cuisine. Some of the most famous dishes are canederli (dumplings), spätzle (homemade pasta) and schlutzkrapfen (pasta filled with spinach and cheese). The region is also famous for its wines, such as Teroldego and Lagrein from Trentino or Gewürztraminer and Lagrein from South Tyrol. However, the region is also a place for cultural discoveries, where you can experience the influences of both cultures, such as in the historic towns, museums and the numerous events held throughout the year.

Trentino-Alto Adige consists of 2 autonomous provinces, which we would like to introduce to you here.

Trentino-Alto Adige is a popular destination for skiers and hikers who want to enjoy the mountains and the Alpine landscape.