Trentino-Alto Adige, a region in Northeastern Italy, boasts The Dolomites – the mountains of the Alpine range, but far less developed than more famous areas. The Dolomites are perfect for skiers and tourists interested in exploring fresh terrain, or even for those just interested in touring gorgeous snow covered cliffs and mountains.
Madonna di Campiglio is the town that hosts the most renowned tourist resorts in the Dolomites, but many towns boast phenomenal skiing, hiking, and views of the incredible mountains for those looking to tour Italy. There is even a special name reserved for the color the setting sun makes as it blends into the Dolomites, a pink and purple hue described as “enrosadira” in Italy.
Where there are mountains, there are valleys, and Tentino-Alto Adige is scattered with lakes nestled between mountains and villages tucked away within the crevices. One such village is Val Gardena, where due to its centuries of isolation, natives speak their own language, Ladin (a slight derivation of Latin that miraculously has survived).
The sub-region of Alto Adige, bordering Austria and part of Austria until World War I, is mostly German speaking, and even the food and culture have a heavy Austrian influence. The weather is cold, the food hearty, and the beer halls prevalent in Alto Adidge.
In the other subregion of Trentino, however, Italian is spoken and the traditions and food are more Italian than Austrian. Trento, the university town that is the capital of the Trentino region, is alive with Italian Renaissance splendor in its architecture, museums, and churches. The site of the Council of Trent, that incited the Counter-Reformation, is credited with leading Europe back to Catholicism.
Because of the eclectic nature of Trentino-Alto Adige, cuisine and traditions vary from one isolated valley village to the next. But similarities include asiago, fontal, and puzzone di Moena cheeses as well as smoked meats, dumpling soups, and the use of rye flour. Although the weather is chilly and the experience is not traditionally Italian, the region of Trentino-Alto Adige is a unique experience for those looking to explore and tour Italian culture.
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