Comprising two provinces, South Tyrol and Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige is a mountainous region along Italy’s northern border with Switzerland and Austria. It was part of the Holy Roman Empire between the 9th and 19th centuries before becoming part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire between 1815 and 1919.
Things to do in Trentino-Alto Adige
From its medieval castles to the majestic peaks of the Dolomites, Trentino-Alto Adige offers something for everyone on Milan’s doorstep.
Sightsee in Bolzano. Serving as the capital of Trentino-Alto Adige is Bolzano, which is nestled in a vineyard-blanketed valley at the junction of several rivers. Marvel at the 13th-century Mareccio Castle and the multicoloured marble roof of the Bolzano Cathedral, then get up close to the Neolithic mummy of Ötzi the Iceman at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.
Explore Trento’s Castello del Buonconsiglio. Once the seat of the Bishopric of Trent, this spectacular castle complex dates back to the 13th century but has been significantly expanded since. Admire the International Gothic art frescoes that adorn the Eagle Tower and explore the period furnished rooms before soaking up the majestic views across the Adige River valley.
Hike through Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta. Sprawling west of Trentino-Alto Adige is Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta, a magnificent region of mountains, lakes and forests that have been designated as a UNESCO Geopark. Aside from being home to brown bears, ibex and lynx, the park boasts a staggering floral diversity due to its unique microclimates.
Visit charming Chiusa. Located on the banks of the Eisack River, Chiusa is a picturesque town clustered with Gothic churches, medieval houses and traditional inns. It’s dominated by the fortress and convent of Sabiona and was once the site of a vibrant artists’ village inspired by the German painter, Albrecht Dürer.
Getting around Trentino-Alto Adige
Bolzano Airport is the main aviation gateway to Trentino-Alto Adige and has seasonal flights to destinations across Europe. Trains connect towns and cities across the region while buses serve smaller villages. Milan Malpensa Airport is around three hours away.