Regions of Italy: Trentino - Alto Adige
Some of the most bitter and intense fighting of World War I took place on the mountain tops and passes of this region, culminating in Italian possession of both Trentino and Alto Adige (also known as the Sud-tyrol and Balzano). After the war, many of the people preferred to stay loyal to their Germanic heritage and so crossed the border into Austria with Mussolini's permission. Those that decided to stay have added to the unique melding of the two cultures with onion-domed churches, traditional Austrian dress and the dual place names (both Italian and German) of the northern portion of the region.
Trentino Alto Adige Food and Wine
The mild climate also favors the production of some very good wines, many recognized with a DOC recognition. Reds include Trentino's Marzemino, a full bodied, well aged specialty that is the best known of the regional red wines. Teroldego is a fruity red with a slight bite grown in the Vallagarina area. White wines excel in this pre-alpine climate and include the popular and subtle Nosiola, from the Valle dei Laghi and the traditional sweet dessert wine Vino Santo. The region has ideal growing conditions for Pino Blanc, Pino Noir, Chardonnay and the Spumante Talento Trento. Of course Grappa is another popular product and is often infused with wild berries or fruits to make a delicious liqueur.
Trentino Alto Adige Highlights
The capital of the Alto Adige province actually has two names: Italian Bolzano and German Bozen. The city has a somewhat split personality with its main square (Piazza Walther) named for a Tyrolean poet while other locations are named for Dante and Leonardo DaVinci. The Duomo, known for its multicolored tiled roof and an open campanile (bell tower) and the other churches house beautiful works of art but it is the pristine countryside that is the real attraction. Cable cars speed travelers up to the summits of Colle, San Genesio and Renon, local peaks that are accessible from the city itself. Bolzano also makes a fine base for daytrips to visit the many castles in the region including Castle Runkelstein with its collection of Medieval frescoes. The combined Alpine/Mediterranean climate patterns make the area ideal for winemaking and the city of Bolzano is home to nearly 30 wineries within the city limits alone.
The Mountains and Winter Sports
Trentino Alto Adige Festivals
Trento - St. Vigilio Festival in June
Predazzo - Saint Martino Festival in November
Campitello di Fassa- Ladin style Carnivale in February
Mezzocorona - Wine and grape festival in September
Santa Massenza di Vezzano - Grappa making season in November
Ora - Local Wine festival in October
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By Justin Demetri