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Trentino Alto Adige
This is the most northerly region of Italy, in the heart of the Alpine circle.
The South Tirols are in fact a Germanic-Italian region, with Alto Adige having only been made part of Italy following the 1st World War after being ceded by Austria. The end result? A region that seems almost as Teutonic as Germany in some places, with German language signs and menus a common sight.
Trentino is a mainly mountainous province, rich in rivers, torrents and numerous lakes, clusters and chains of mountains of singular beauty, divided in two by the valley of the river Adige, so whatever nationality it chooses to be there is now denying the beauty of the region.
To the west one finds the glaciers of the group Adamello-Presanella-Care Alto and the group of Brenta. To the east the groups of Lagorai, Latemar, the Dolomites of Fassa, and the Pale di S. Martino.
Many alpine valleys break away from the valley of Adige: the Valsugana, the Vallarsa, the Val di Non, the Val di Sole, the Val di Cembra, Fiemme and Fassa; inside instead the valley Giudicarie and Rendena. The principle lakes are those of Garda, Caldonazzo, Tovel and Ledro; thermal waters gush forth from springs rich in therapeutic properties. Extensive coniferous forests cover the dolomitic slopes and wide tablelands like those of Folgaria, Lavarone and Pine.
Three natural parks, Adamello-Brenta, Paneveggio-Pale of S. Martino and Stelvio conserve the typical species of animals and vegetation of the alpine environment including even the bear.
History This autonomous region of Italy was once part of the old republic of Venice, then part of Austria which ceded it to Italy under the Treaty of Saint-Germain-em-Laye, In 1919.
The South Tirols remained German speaking despite attempts at forcible Italianisation by the fascist Government. Trento, however, has always been Italian speaking. The peace Treaty between Italy and the allies provided the German speaking population with equal rights. Continued agitation by German speaking peoples in the north led to two largely autonomous provinces (Bolzano/Bolzen) and Trento (Italian speaking)
Culture The artistic crossroads between Germany, Austria and Italy have endowed this region with a particular feel and cultural heritage. The main monuments from the Roman age are the Cathedral of S. Virgilio in Trento and the Basilica of S. Lorenzo.
The Renaissance style marks many buildings and churches in Trento, such as the Castle of Buonconsiglio, the Palace of Albere, the church of S. Maria Maggiore. Typical Gothic architectures are those of the church of Civezzano, S. Apollinare, S. Zeno, Finera di Primiero and Vigo di Fassa.
A small jewel of European Gothic painting is represented by the “Ciclo del Mesin” in the Torre Aquila of Trento. An intense pictorial activity took place in the first half of the sixteenth century, together with a flourishing activity in the minor arts.
Several testimonies of the paintings are conserved in churches and buildings.
Activities Visit the Earthen pyramids at Segonzano in the Val di Cembra; Val di Genova, a picturesque alpine valley; the Alto Gard Trentino, the Dolomites, the great arena of alpinism, traversed by a stitched network of excursionist lanes and ways; numerous antique castles which dominate the principle valleys: Castel, Beseno, Sabbionata, Drena, Stenico, Caldes, Thun, Pergine and Ivano.
At Trento: The castle of Buonconsiglio and the palace of Albere, residence of provincial art museums; the churches which hosted the famous “Council of Trent”, the romantic Cathedral and the church of S. Marina Maggiore.
Naturalistic and archaeologic collections are lodged in the natural science museum of Trento.
The diocesan museum of Trento conserves precious testimonies of the sacred art, wooden artifacts and flemish tapestries. At S. Michele in Adige there is the museum on the practices and customs of the Trento people.
The castle at Rovereto houses one of the greatest museums on the Great War.
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