Dominated by the grandeur of the Alps and the Dolomites, Trentino-Alto Adige has consistently been popular with travelers both in summer and winter. In winter the world-renown skiing in and around Bolzano and Cortina d' Ampezzo is naturally supported by the high snowfall resulting from a northern crown of alpine peaks. In the warmer months the valleys and mountain lakes such as Lago di Garda allow a completely different way to enjoy the majestic vistas of a pristine alpine environment.

The importance and success of tourism in Trentino-Alto Adige is clearly reflected in the high density of hotel rooms. Ranking first among the 20 regions in Italia, Trentino-Alto Adige has more than 6000 hotels, and over 650,000 rooms, to offer the discriminating traveler.

This scenic alpine region was Austrian territory for more than 500 years before becoming a part of Italia in the early 20th C. Much of the architecture, cuisine and culture reflect this Austrian heritage. Both Italian and German are recognized as official languages in the autonomous region of Trentino-Alto Adige.

Bordered by Austria to the north, Switzerland and Lombardia to the west, and Veneto to the south and east, Trentino-Alto Adige is just a pleasant daytrip from a great menu of travel choices. Part of the regional name, Alto Adige (High Adige) is taken from the Adige River, second largest in Italy; a river flowing south from its Alpine origin, through Verona, and onto the Adriatic Sea just south of Venezia (Venice).

The region is divided into 2 provinces with provincial capitals in Bolzano and Trento. Both cities offer a culturally distinctive and interesting gateway to the considerable charms of Trentino-Alto Adige.

Merano is a charming slice of Tyrolean culture in northern Italia, Alto Adige. Once the playground of the Hapsburg aristocracy the area remains well stocked with lush parks, natural spas (thermal springs) and a fair number of luxury hotels. Springtime is a delightful opportunity to visit Merano when a rich blend of cultural events and teeming orchards light up the cityscape.