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Trento & Trentino Alto Adige

Two quite distinct cultural entities make up the province of Trentino - Alto Adige. The northern half "Alto Adige" is part of the Tyrol, a mountain enclave straddling the border between Austria and Italy and an area where above all German is spoken. In "Trentino" instead, Italian is spoken everywhere and the food and the architecture belong more to Italy than to the Alps. 

 

The main centres of Trentino are Trento and Rovereto, established in the Middle Ages as market towns in a predominantly wine-growing area. Trento gives access to most of the western Dolomites: the Pale di San Martino, a cluster of enormous peaks encircling the rocky "high plain" above San Martino di Castrozza; the Catinaccio (or Rosengarten) range between the Val di Fassa and Bolzano; the Gruppo Sella, with its vie ferrate (iron ladders cross rock walls); and the glacer-topped Marmolada.

 

The region is also famous because of its castles: Buonconsiglio, Thun, Stenico and Beseno.

 

The landscape, dominated by the stark and jagged Alps, is among the most beautiful in Italy. Circling the spiked towers of rock which characterize the range, a network of trails follows the ridges, varying in length from a day's walk to a two-week trek; the long-distance trails, called Alte Vie, can be picked up from the small resorts.

 

In Trentino there are many charming areas, some are very popular, such as Val di Sole.