You don’t have to be a winter sports enthusiast to enjoy the beautiful alpine region of Trentino Alto Adige in the far north of Italy. Skiers are just one of the many types of holidaymaker who will love a trip to Trentino Alto Adige. There’s tons of history to explore here. You can see everything from Roman ruins to medieval castles and the remains of prehistoric cavemen. But many holidaymakers head to Trentino Alto Adige to spend a few days exploring the great outdoors. The forests, meadows and mountains make ideal conditions for active visitors. Rent a bike or put on the hiking boots and head up a challenging hillside trail. Put your heart in your mouth by embarking on a river rafting expedition. Of course, the skiing conditions are brilliant here too, with some of Italy’s best slopes.
Due to its border location, there’s Italian, German and Australian influences on show in Trentino Alto Adige. You’ll see a mix of all these cultures in the region’s capital of Trento. There are medieval and wooden buildings surrounding Trento’s pretty city centre. Make sure you also visit the city of Bolzano, where there’s a particularly famous archaeological museum. It contains the remains of a caveman named Otzi. One of the big plus points of visiting Trentino Alto Adige is that you’re within easy reach of beautiful Lake Garda. Head to Riva del Garda on the north shore and take part in one of the watersports available on the lake.
One of the first stops on a holiday to Trentino Alto Adige should be Trento itself. One of the main landmarks in the city is the imposing castle, Castello del Buonconsiglio. The town walls all lead to this impressive monument. There are some lovely Renaissance buildings to take a look at in Trento too. These include the Palazzo Pretorio and the Cathedral of San Viglio. If you feel like taking it easy, grab an ice cream and watch the world go by in the Piazza del Duomo.
Trentino Alto Adige’s largest city has enough to keep everyone entertained. There’s a buzz around the place as you wander through Bolzano’s lively streets. As well as Bolzano’s famous archaeological museum, it’s a great place for foodies, with lots of gourmet restaurants. If you’re feeling active, there’s plenty of walking trails leading out from Bolzano. You can even catch the cable-car and begin your hike on top of the mountains.
Riva del Garda
The second largest town on Lake Garda has quite a different atmosphere to those places at the southern tip of the lake. There’s a mix of Italian and Austrian cultures on show here, but it’s a particularly pretty place with mountains on either side of the town. It’s perfect for an afternoon stroll along the winding streets and the harbour, before relaxing over an espresso in the waterfront square.
Exploring Trentino Alto Adige...
The beauty of the mountains and the quality of the snow have made Trentino Alto Adige a firm favourite among skiers and snowboarders. There are several well-equipped ski resorts in the area, including Canazei, Cavalese and Madonna di Campiglio. Many holidaymakers choose to visit these destinations during the summer too, so they can explore the mountains.
It may be Italy’s most northerly wine-growing region, but the tipple in Trentino Alto Adige is just as good as the rest of the country. The wine routes stretch for miles, particularly around Bolzano, where there are plenty of vineyards to visit and bottles to sample. There’s also an Apple Route here, where you can taste the ciders grown in the region.
Thrill-seekers can enjoy a high-octane ride in Trentino Alto Adige by booking a spot on a river rafting trip. The huge river Adige runs through the region and provides the perfect conditions for a bumpy descent. Join several other brave souls on the raft and then let an experienced guide lead you down the river. It might be a bit hairy at times, but it’s great fun.
You’re within such easy reach of Lake Garda in Trentino Alto Adige that it’s a great idea to make the most of it. There’s something for everyone on the shores of the lake. Active holidaymakers can take part in windsurfing and sailing. If you prefer to take things easier, you can explore some of the pretty villages and towns on the shore. They’re perfect for getting a souvenir from your holiday.
You’ll find both German and Italian influences on the table when you order a meal in a Trentino Alto Adige restaurant. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s hearty grub - ideal for refueling after a hard day skiing or walking on the mountains. Expects lots of hams, cheeses and thick, meaty stews. Some of the local specialities that you can expect to see on the menu are venison goulash and strangolapreti - spinach flavoured pasta. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then there’s plenty of brilliant German puddings, such as apple strudel and chocolate tart.
You’ll find restaurants suitable for all budgets in Trentino Alto Adige, but if you’re looking to push the boat out, then there’s a top fine dining scene here too. There are more than 20 gourmet restaurants in the region, many of which are found around the city of Bolzano.
If you’re a sucker for the great outdoors, then Trentino Alto Adige is a brilliant Italian getaway. Whether you’re into skiing during the winter or mountain biking during the warmer months, there’s plenty to keep you active here. Booking your holiday to Trentino Alto Adige with easyJet holidays is the most straightforward way to visit the region. You can even save some money by booking a hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays. Why not take a look at some of our other Italy destination guides for more inspiration.