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Trentino-Alto Adige

Artemest is proud to present the eighth stop in its ultimate insider’s guide to Italy: Trentino - Alto Adige. Draped across the majestic Alps, the country's northernmost region, encloses a unique blend of cultures resulting from the collision between Italian land, Austria and Switzerland. Explore Trentino - Alto Adige to discover a carrousel of verdant hillsides, majestic snow-capped mountains and enchanting valleys and hamlets.

Trentino Alto-Adige - also known as South Tyrol - is a marvelous region hidden amid the majestic peaks and valleys of the Italian Alps. The region finds its essence in an eclectic mix of cultures: Italian, German, Austrian and Ladin influences intertwine, steeping these lands with a stunning variety of cuisine, craftsmanship, history and traditions.

This is the place where alpine traditions meet the Italian lifestyle in a stunning land of natural wonders, sumptuous castles, mirror-still lakes and delightful hamlets surrounded by the Dolomites. Picturesque and romantic, this region is also the cradle of a strong Italian tradition of craftsmanship. Here woodcarving is a true art, handed over generations thanks to the region’s geographic characteristics and many other traditions makes Trentino Alto-Adige a sparkling gem of Italy.

Illustration by Francesca Consonni
Illustration by Francesca Consonni

What to See

Trento and the Dolomites - House of some of the most beautiful mountains of the country, this part of the region is dotted with Dolomites – UNESCO World Heritage Sites – and characterized by stunning natural landscapes of unmatched beauty. Trento is one of the biggest art cities of the region: surrounded by massive mountains and unspoiled nature, it is the cradle of the local culture and represent a must-visit destination for history and art lovers.

Val di Non - Val di Non is renowned for its stunning landscapes, scattered with apple orchards that delight the eyes during the blossom season. Here in the valley are nestled beautiful examples of Italian history, such as the elegant Thun Castle with its 16th century original furniture and artworks, or the breath-taking San Romedio Sanctuary.

Dolomiti del Brenta - The Natural Park of Brenta Dolomites is one of the most important destinations to admire the beauty of unspoiled nature and enjoy the healing power of thermal waters. This area is rich with farmers’ villages and Rango is one of the most beautiful medieval hamlets of Italy, where traditional rural activities are still practiced today.

Lago di Garda - Here on its shores lies Riva del Garda, where the azure of the water and the green of the Mediterranean vegetation combine to create a natural artwork. The town is an open-air gymnasium, with trekking routes and picturesque views on the lake and the mountains.

Bolzano - The historic old town of Bolzano is characterized by a unique look, with arches and antique details that make it a true jewel. Surrounded by the mountains, the city has its history in its architectural heritage: the Runkelstein Castle was built in 1237 and houses many ancient frescoes, evidence of a rich past.

Sunken Church in Reschensee Lake
Sunken Church in Reschensee Lake
A glimpse of Trento
A glimpse of Trento

Traditional Craftsmanship from Trentino-Alto Adige

Copper from Trento - A symbol of the local craftsmanship tradition is the working of copper: just at the city gate Navarini Rame is the family’s museum-workshop where the local artisans follow traditional techniques passed down generations to create stunning metal artworks, evoking a nostalgic and rustic charm.

Wood from Val Gardena - Helmut Santifaller celebrates the art of wood carving, as a consistent part in Val Gardena craftsmanship tradition. At his workshop an experienced carver decorates furniture and home accessories by hand creating original artworks.

Where to Stay

Lefay Resort and Spa, Pinzolo - Asparkling jewel immersed in the splendid scenery of the Dolomites. Here new luxury meets the pureness of nature, making this the perfect place for anyone who wishes to be surprised and enjoy a true wellness experience.

White Deer Mountain Lodge, San Lorenzo di Sebato - Surrounded by the Alps frame of South Tyrol, White Deer Mountain Lodge is a unique luxury estate with a great deal of charm and exclusiveness.

Berghotel Ladinia, Corvara - Berghotel Ladinia is characterized by an authentic quaint atmosphere, tiny rooms with wooden floors and ceilings and by the original spirit of mountain life which is a refuge for both the body and the mind.

Eco Hotel Saltus, San Genesio Atesino - A place where you can find your spiritual connection with nature, and a mountain retreat where the woods are much more than a beautiful backdrop.

Schgaguler Hotel, Castelrotto - Simple, timeless design and a search for pure essence: this is the Schgaguler philosophy. Located in the enchanting village of Castelrotto, this beautiful property seems to be part of the snowy landscape that surrounds it.

Villa Arnica, Lana - Wrap-around vineyards ensconce Villa Arnica, a stunning yet intimate retreat set in picturesque gardens in the center of Lana, a small town in South Tyrol.

Forestis Dolomites, Bressanone - Forestis is a place of peace and harmony, deeply immersed in the scent of the Alpine nature. Surrounded by dense woods and nestled in the beautiful landscape of the Plose mountain, here you can enjoy breathtaking views of the majestic Dolomites.

Alpina Dolomites, Castelrotto - In the wonderful setting of the Alpe di Siusi – the largest and most beautiful plateau in Europe – rises Alpina Dolomites: a precious jewel perfectly nestled in the surrounding natural context.

Adler Lodge Ritten, Soprabolzano - Surrounded by the Dolomites, at the edge of the glade, twenty elegant chalets lean into the landscape, inspiring a sense of peace and well-being.

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