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Trentino-Alto Adige in the North of Italy

Trentino-Alto Adige is an autonomous region in the North of Italy. It is bordered by Austria in the north and by Switzerland in the north-west. It is bordered by Lombardy and Veneto in the west and the south respectively. It is also known as the rooftop of Italy.

Trentino-Alto Adige is divided into two provinces of Trento and Bolzano where Trento also serves as its regional capital. This region is full of snow-capped mountains, alpine meadows, beautiful natural waterfalls and adventurous hiking trails. Trentino-Alto Adige has a population of about 1 million people and the total area of the region is 5,254 sq. miles. This region has long struggled to have an identity for itself and gained autonomy when Italy took it over in 1919. Most of the places in Trentino-Alto Adige still have two names for different places, one is the Italian version and one Austrian; eg. Bolzano/Bozen, Merano/Meran, Bressanone/Brixen, Cortaccia/Kurtatsch, Castelvecchio/Altenburg.

The economy of the region of Trentino-Alto Adige is based on agriculture, tourism and industrial products. This region is the major exporter of hydroelectric power. It also produces 1% of Italy’s wine but about 10% of grappa production happens in Trentino-Alto Adige. Grappa is a special vodka-like traditional drink, made from the leftover skins and seeds of grapes used for producing wine. There are industries which produce paper, chemical and metal. Fruits, dairy products and timber are other important products that Trentino-Alto Adige offers. Tourism has recently become a major add on to the economy of this region.

The Dolomite Mountains is full of ski and hiking trails. In the mountainous area, there are a lot of small charming villages and medieval Tyrolean towns. Wherever there are valleys, there are castles which stood to protect the valleys and they are perfectly preserved in these times. Hillside Gothic churches and chapels give a view of a beautiful architecture of the past. Bolzano is full of view of huge areas of vineyards which alternate with flowering orchard and is known as the wine lover’s paradise. The peaks of Paneveggio-Pale of S. Martino, Adamello-Brenta and Stelvio have three natural conservation parks which conserve some rare species of animals and vegetations of the alpine area. A castle in Rovereto houses one of an important museums which has collections from the Great War. The earthen pyramids of Segonzano in the Val di Cembra are a must see and the thermal waters of  Tovel and Ledro are known to have therapeutic properties and worth a dip! So, what are you waiting for – go for it!

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