Top Choice Museum in Bolzano (Bozen)

Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige

The star of the Museo Archeologico dell’Alto Adige is Ötzi, the Iceman, with almost the entire museum being given over to the Copper Age mummy. Kept in a temperature-controlled 'igloo' room, he can be viewed through…
Top Choice Art Gallery in Rovereto

Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Rovereto

The four-floor, 12,000-sq-m steel, glass and marble behemoth, care of the Ticinese architect Mario Botta, is both imposing and human in scale, with mountain light gently filling a central atrium from a soaring cupol…
Top Choice Gardens in Merano (Meran)

Castel Trauttmansdorff

You could give an entire day to these beautiful botanical gardens a little outside Merano. Exotic cacti and palms, fruit trees and vines, beds of lilies, irises and tulips all cascade down the hillside surrounding a…
Top Choice Museum in Trento


A stunning new architectural work, care of Renzo Piano, houses this 21st-century science museum and cleverly echoes the local landscape. Curatorially, the museum typifies the city's brainy inquisitiveness, with high…
Museum in Trento

Castello del Buonconsiglio

Guarded by hulking fortifications, Trento's bishop-princes holed up here until Napoleon's arrival in 1801. Behind the walls are the original 13th-century castle, the Castelvecchio, and the Renaissance residence Magn…
Museum in Trento

Museo Diocesano Tridentino

Sitting across the square from the duomo, this former bishop's residence dates from the 11th century. It now houses one of Italy's most important ecclesiastical collections with enormous documentary paintings of the…
Roman Site in Trento

Tridentum La Città Sotterranea

Explore Roman Tridentum's city walls, paved streets, tower, domestic mosaics and workshop. The site was discovered less than two decades ago, during restoration works on the nearby theatre.
Museum in Bolzano (Bozen)

Messner Mountain Museum

The imposing Castel Firmiano, dating back to AD 945, is the centrepiece of mountaineer Reinhold Messner's five museums. Based around humankind's relationship with the mountains across all cultures, the architecture …
Church in Bolzano (Bozen)

Chiesa dei Domenicani

The cloisters and chapel here feature touching, vibrant 14th-century frescoes by the Giotto school.
Cathedral in Bolzano (Bozen)


This splendid Gothic cathedral is Bolzano's most emblematic building, its imposing spires backed by the equally Gothic peaks of the not-so-distant Dolomites.