In 1978, when Holly Herrmann was 20, she flew to Bolzano, Italy, a scenic city in the foothills of the Tyrolean Alps, to compete in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition. A native Californian, the budding concert pianist was taken with a country that was so intricately interwoven with classical music, food and beauty. She vowed to ma...

Italy's northern autonomous region of Trentino is a place where two European cultures meet. "We are a mix of Austrian mentality and Italian mentality. So I hope we get the best of them both," says Mirta Valentini, Head of Sales Support for the Trentino tourist board. Once part of Austria, the region is renowned for its lakes, mountains, castles and...

Travelling to Italy in December offers a unique set of experiences and destinations to choose from: art cities, museums, Christmas markets, top-notch ski resorts and much more. VisitItaly selected 5 destinations for a perfect Italian winter trip, between traditional foods, history and unmissable events. There will be less tourists than in the high...

The Stelvio National Park was established in 1935 and its 134,620 hectares in the heart of the Central Alps, which include the entire Ortler-Cevedale mountain range, make it the largest Italian park. It covers the four provinces of Trento, Bolzano, Brescia and Sondrio and offers a unique scenery of glaciers, waterfalls, glacial lakes and waterways,...

Grana Padano first appeared around the year one thousand, in the countryside surrounding the Po. It was a time of hunger and famine, when nothing could be wasted. The monks therefore researched a method to transform milk into a non-perishable cheese. Their experiments in maturing created a hard cheese that could be stored for long periods and which...

In this column, I’ve already written about my new love for South Tyrol, Italy. It’s the country’s northernmost province and a two-hour drive north Venice. The Dolomite mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are located here, and it’s a destination rich with history, culinary culture, active pursuits such as hiking and skiing, and dramatic scenery...

It’s certainly no secret that a beautiful mountain region like the Dolomites would be a spectacular winter destination for ski enthusiasts, but did you know that there are many more activities besides traditional downhill skiing to keep you busy here! In fact, there is so much to do in the Dolomites in winter, you may need to come back again and ag...

On an early morning in late autumn 2019, I drove with two friends from my family's small rural home in Northern italy toward the town of Bassano del Grappa, where we would meet our fishing guides. The car axles whimpered through each turn. The road was flanked by walls of dolomite, valley floors of grapevines and verdure. Passing through villages w...

The Trento Grape Garden is a project of the Muse - Trento Science Museum, in collaboration with Cantina Endrizzi, maison of Trentodoc and more, which has focused on a sustainable demonstration vineyard in the “Museum’s biodiversity gardens”. The Grape Garden is a journey through history and tradition. In fact, wine-growing in Trentino has ancient o...

Trentino, a region mainly known for its mountains and as a paradise for outdoor activities guards precious museums and historic monuments that allows you to retrace several stages of the history of Italian and international art, from the Middle Ages to today. So if you’ve never thought of Trentino as a region for arts and culture, think again; and...