The territory of South Tyrol covers the northern part of the Italian region of Trentino Alto Adige and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano. The only completely mountainous province of Italy, it attracts for the beauty of its natural environment and for the imposing and breathtaking charm of the Dolomites. Besides admiring the pinnacles and tarns, here you have the chance to explore many interesting nature reserves, enjoy spa centers and visit ancient castles.
Since this territory is completely mountainous, here in South Tyrol you can admire some of the most astonishing peaks of the Dolomites. Among the most famous: the Sassolungo group, overlooking the lush green Val Gardena valley, the Sella Group, rising among the provinces of Alto Adige, Trentino and Belluno, the beautiful and mysterious Catinaccio, the world-famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the Latemar, the striking Sciliar massive and of course the picturesque and romantic Alpe di Siusi plateau. These are all favorite destinations for mountain lovers, climbers, trekkers and skiers, who find here the world’s largest interlinked ski network, Dolomiti Superski, and the Ortler Skiarena.
The natural environment of South Tyrol comprises also crystal clear streams like Adige and Isarco, the Stanghe waterfalls and the beautiful lakes of Caldaro and Braies, all perfect destinations for water sports lovers. Many are the nature reserves created to protect the precious plants and animals of the Dolomites, like Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio, Parco Naturale dello Sciliar – Catinaccio and Parco Naturale Fanes – Senes – Braies.
The most characteristic features of this territory are its beautiful lush green valleys, like Val Venosta, Val Badia, Val Gardena, the Tures and Aurina Valleys, and the mountain passes, like Stelvio Pass between Val Venosta and Val Tellina (Lombardy), Sella Pass between Val Gardena and Val di Fassa, and Gardena Pass between Val Gardena and Val Badia. This mountain passes are a true heaven for motorcyclists and cyclists, both for the exciting hairpin bends and for the breathtaking views.
The historical and cultural heritage of South Tyrol includes many imposing castles, strongholds and monasteries. Among the most important, Tirolo Castle, the Fortezza Fortress, Roncolo Castle and the Sabiona Monastery.
The province has a strong cultural identity and keeps alive ancient traditions in a perfect balance with modern life. Over two thirds of the inhabitants speak German, and the other spoken languages are Italian and Ladin.