All travelers who love to go to the mountains should visit the Trentino-South Tyrol region, which offers not only beautiful sights, but also many activities related to the history of this border territory, easily reachable from Veneto and Austria and therefore in great demand by foreign tourists.
I have always been curious about the history of Bolzano (Bozen), which is part of the historical region of South Tyrol and holds traces of very different cultures such as Ladin, German and Italian.
An example is the bilingual place names in this area, while in the mountains are completely missing the road signs written in Italian.
To explore the surroundings without haste, I ask the help of the Hotel Bellamonte staff; this 4 stars hotel in Val di Fiemme offers spectacular views of Pale di San Martino, the most impressive plateau in the Dolomites and the most suggestive among the many natural jewels of this land.
I decided to share my travel experience and to recommend what to see in Trentino-South Tyrol, starting the route from Bolzano, cosmopolitan city par excellence.
Taste the culture of Bolzano
If you take a stroll downtown you’ll be seduced by the uniqueness of Bolzano: I saw baroque palaces, buildings adorned with Gothic facades, palaces dating back to the rationalist architecture of the Thirties, medieval castles and churches in the Gothic style.
The Gothic Cathedral is, in my opinion, one of the most distinctive attractions of the city; over the architectural appearance, this church is worth visiting for the bells chime, called Glockenspiel, playing different tunes every Saturday and Sunday.
There is also a Cathedral Treasury Museum which hosts a rich collection of sacred items dating from the medieval and baroque periods.
During my trip I visited the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, renowned for being the home of the mummy of Ötzi, also known as the Iceman, an anthropological specimen unique in the world, since the body of this human being has been preserved thanks to the climatic conditions of glacier in which it was found.
I was surprised when I discovered that Ötzi is presumably the oldest tattooed human mummy yet discovered, a truly sensational news.
Returning in Predazzo, where rises the Bellamonte, I decided to continue my tour through the most renowned reserve, the Nature Park Paneveggio-Pale di San Martino.
When to visit the Paneveggio Nature Park
The distinctive feature of the Paneveggio Park is the heterogeneity of the area, which includes big valleys, a part of the Lagorai chain, ideal for those who practice trekking, and the renowned Pala group (Pale di San Martino), plateau that is part of the Dolomites well-known by mountaineering experts.
There are many theme trails for tourists who want to visit the Paneveggio Park, open both in winter and summer; however, check the official website to plan your visit: www.parks.it/parco.paneveggio.pale.s.martino.
Reach Pale di San Martino is a goal worth the whole trip, because you will have the chance to feel like whoever wrote that this is “the most superb amphitheater of the Dolomite Alps”!
The Fiemme Valley is a recommended destination for those who feel the need to purify and remove all kinds of stress, because here the clean air and the cool weather are guaranteed by the big woods, which are expanded year after year.
At the end of my stay in Predazzo, I realized that taking a vacation in the nature can be a profoundly different experience, depending on your location.
Trentino proves to be something more than a place for high altitude fans, because here the secular traditions are perfectly tuned with the activities and services designed for the most demanding tourists.