Top Choice Museum in Val Pusteria

Messner Mountain Museum Kronplatz

Reinhold Messner's sixth and final mountain museum also sadly happened to be one of the final projects of star architect Zaha Hadid before her untimely death in 2016. Located at 2275m (access is only via the Kronpla…
Top Choice 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 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…
Top Choice Gardens in Merano (Meran)

Castel Trauttmansdorff

You could give an entire day to these beautiful botanical gardens a little outside Merano (and they do suggest it). Exotic cacti and palms, fruit trees and vines, beds of lilies, irises and tulips all cascade down t…
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 Gallery in Trento


This city gallery–project space is the current Trento campus of MART (Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto) and focuses on 20th-century and contemporary art, architecture and design of the regi…
Gallery in Bolzano (Bozen)


Bolzano's contemporary art space is housed in a huge multifaceted glass cube, a brave architectural surprise that beautifully vignettes the old-town rooftops and surrounding mountains from within. There's an impress…
Lake in Val Venosta (Vinschgau)

Lago di Resia

Just before the Passo di Resia and Austrian border is the deep blue Lago do Resia, a result of 1950s dam projects. The drowned Romanesque church tower in the lake here might be the region’s de rigueur roadside photo…
Area in Madonna di Campiglio & Pinzolo

Val di Genova

North of Pinzolo is the entrance to the Val di Genova, often described as one of the Alps' most beautiful valleys. It's great walking country, lined with a series of spectacular waterfalls. Four mountain huts strung…
Park in Trentino & South Tyrol

Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio

This is northern Italy's, and the Alps', largest national park, spilling into the next-door region of Lombardy and bordering Switzerland's Parco Nazionale Svizzero.