Matt Munro

Trentino & South Tyrol

Home to the spectacular sawtoothed Dolomites, the semi-autonomous provinces of Trentino and South Tyrol are packed with stunning landscapes. The region has long enticed hikers, climbers, poets and fresh-air fanciers, with the scenic Sella Ronda remaining one of the world's most iconic skiing and cycling circuits.

Alpine influences abound here. Many residents speak German or the ancient Ladin language, trains run with Swiss precision, and pristine recreation paths wind through vine- and orchard-covered hillsides. The region's cities – Trento, Bolzano and Merano – are alluringly cultured and dynamic, while accommodation – be it a humble mountain hut or a five-star spa – is unfailingly welcoming and well run.

Nowhere are the region’s multicultural roots more evident than on the plate. From Austrian-style knödel (dumplings) to casunziei (beet-filled pasta with poppy seeds), prepare for a unique feast, always accompanied by fabulous regional wines like sparkling Trentino DOC or ruby-red Lagrein.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Trentino & South Tyrol.