Trentino Alto Adige is a mountainous region in the north of Italy bordering Switzerland and Austria, perfect for a family vacation, couple's getaway, or solo explorer.
The stunning peaks of the area make it the perfect destination for winter with some of the finest ski slopes in Europe including the Madonna di Campiglio ski resorts. As the Dolomites of the Italian Alps are also located here, and with over 20 peaks to roam, it is no surprise that in the Summer months the region becomes an idyllic environment for mountain hiking, biking, and other adventure sports and activities.
As the region also borders Lake Garda, water sports are also very popular. In the south of the region is the Adige Valley, most famous for its picturesque towns and villages located amid streams and rivers, as well as a large selection of castles to visit. Most famous among these are the 15th Century Venetian castle at Rovereto and the 11th Century castle at Avio, both imposing structures that are open to visitors throughout the year.
The northern region bordering with Austria features some beautiful villages including Bruneck, Vipiteno and Brixen, which feature stunning Renaissance villas and brightly coloured homes which contrast with the architecture found elsewhere in the area. To the west of the region are villages including the spa town of Merano, home to Castle Trauttmansdorff and its impressively large, sub-tropical gardens. But no trip to the area would be complete without also visiting Glorenza (known as 'Glurns' by many outside Italy), a walled Renaissance town that is remarkably well preserved and features many great examples of Renaissance architecture and art.