Introducing Trentino Alto Adige
Trentino Alto Adige is the unwieldy official name of what most people abroad know as the Italian Dolomites. These peculiar rocky formations give the region worldwide fame, with the Dolomites’ landscapes being widely regarded as some of the most beautiful in the Alps.
The Trentino Alto Adige is, in effect, two regions. Trentino is the territory around Trento, a city which rose to fame during the 16th century ecumenical council which began the Counter-reformation. Meanwhile, the Alto Adige is the lower half of the Tyrolean area that spans into Austria. In fact, locals prefer the term “South Tyrol”, or Südtirol, in their native German language.
Despite this being a relatively small region, the valleys of the South Tyrol can be remarkably different from one another. The Venosta/ Vinschgau Valley is rich in medieval churches some of which date to the years of Charlemagne’s rule. Val Gardena has striking mountainous formations as well as traditions, a language (Ladino) and a culture of all its own. But everywhere in South Tyrol one can find the most classic images of Tyrolean architecture and traditional folklore. This is, in many ways, the corner of the Alps that best lives up to its billing.
My photographs of the Dolomites include landscapes, architecture and shots of colourful festivals in the summertime.
List of photographs of Trentino Alto Adige available in my collection
Photographs taken in June 2012 & June 2021:
VALLE ISARCO – Bolzano, Soprabolzano, Piramidi di terra, Chiusa & Monastero di Sabiona, Villandro, Castelrotto, Sterzing / Vipiteno, Bressanone, Abbazia di Novacella, Mareta (Schloss Wolfsthurn)
MERANO – Historic city of Merano, Castel Tirolo, Cermes – Castello Lebenberg
VAL VENOSTA – Glorenza, Castelbello, Naturno, Malles Venosta, Laudes, Marienberg, Burgusio, Curon Venosta, Lago di Resia, Landscapes.
VAL DI FUNES – Santa Maddalena, San Pietro, Landscapes with Dolomite peaks.
VAL GARDENA – Ortisei, Passo Gardena, Selva, Dantercëpies, Alpe di Siusi.
VAL PUSTERIA, Dobbiaco, San Candido Innichen, Brunico, Landscapes, Dolomite peaks.
TRENTO – Historic centre, Cathedral of Saint Vigilio, Castello del Buonconsiglio.
TRENTINO – Lago di Tenno, Molveno, Tavodo, Cavedago
VAL BADIA – Mountain Passes: Passo Gardena, Gruppo del Cir, Passo delle Erbe, San Martino in Badia
Events and festivals – Many photographs of Tyrolean folklore, Sacred Hearts Fire.
For photographs of Lake Garda, please see the Lombardy page.
Photo Galleries of Trentino Alto Adige