Located in Northern Italy near the border of Austria and Switzerland, Trentino Alto-Adige is one of Italy’s most unique regions. This autonomously governed and German speaking region contains some of the richest georgraphical terrain in the world, including the jagged-edged Dolomites (named a UNESCO world heritage site in 2009), the snowcapped Alps, and the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda. It’s truly an incredibile 5,254 square meters! Trentino is also quite famous for its German inspired Christmas markets, particularly in Bolzano.
So just in case I haven’t convinced you yet, here are 5 more reasons why you should visit Trentino Alto-Adige:
#1. You can have pasta and würstel in the same
meal – I’m pretty sure that the Italian government has a law that states “No place in Italy shall go without pizza and pasta”. I say this because even in the most unitalian region in Italy there was pizza and pasta on every menu, right along side würstel and saurkraut.
#2. Air so clean, you wouldn’t believe it’s Italy. Unlike Naples, Rome, Bologna and the various other over populated Italian cities, here you can actually breathe! The streets are clean, the air is fresh, and everything that surrounds is incredibly lush.
#3. Apples and Apple-y things – One of the things I missed the most about New England in the fall was all the wonderful apple orchards and apple treats that go with it! Fortunately, Trentino is one of the best regions in Italy for growing apples. Of course this also means that there is a wide variety of apple desserts such as Strudel and Torta di Mela (a delicious apple cake made with milk and butter), and of course the simple and crisp taste of a freshly picked apple!
#4. Sport is everywhere – The people of this region live an incredibly active lifestyle and it makes sense. The surrounding terrain allows for a variety of sport including snowskiing, biking, running, trekking and even ziplining!
#5. You can pretend like you’re in the “Sound of Music” and dance through the mountain side singing “The Hills are Aliiiiiiiiiive!”. Because the mountains in Trentino really do look like those mountains behind Julie Andrews.