Trentino Alto Adige is a mountainous region in the far north of Italy, bordering the Austrian Tyrol. Covering parts of the southern Alps and the Dolomites, it is divided into two provinces, South Tyrol in the north and Trentino in the south.
The highest peaks are to be found in South Tyrol, with the summit of Ortler reaching 3,905m, the highest mountain in Trentino Alto Adige, while the glacial mountain Marmolada is the highest in Trentino at 3,343m.
In the summer, South Tyrol is a walkers' paradise of alpine meadows and craggy peaks, with well established and signposted trails leading to hidden corners and welcoming family inns serving refreshments with a distinctly Austrian feel. Trentino offers slightly less challenging routes, and with its Mediterranean climate and famous lakes such as Garda it guarantees a relaxing holiday far from the bustle of the tourist beaches.
For a feel of this area in ancient times, try a visit to the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano where you can follow the story of Oetzi, a 5,000 year old ice man found exceptionally well-preserved in the high Alps on the border with Austria.
With a winter season lasting from late November to April, skiers are very well catered for with dozens of slopes suitable for all abilities, and renowned cross country trails.