"Just Barely Italy & First Dolomites Impressions" Top 5 Page for this destination Trentino-Alto Adige by richiecdisc

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When romantic images of Italy dance in your head, it?s probably gondola laden canals and leaning towers of Coliseums that come to mind, not jagged mountain peaks jutting up from dense forest. The mountainous terrain of the north of Italy, while no means off the beaten path, seems to get lost in the myriad of generalities that sum up this big and varied country. But it is a stunningly beautiful area, full of some of the most spectacular peaks in all of Europe and even giving the world?s biggest a run for the money in terms of foot for foot splendor. Not surprisingly, it is an area with many Germanic influences as much of it was under Austrian rule until the World Wars. Many cities still go by their German name in fact. This page accordingly details the transitional feeling encountered from the very Austrian valley of Villnoss to Bolzano?s eclectic mixture of both cultures.

  • Last visit to Trentino-Alto Adige: May 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2007 at 4:40 AM

    Great tips Richie and even better views of the Dolomites! Now I know why a few years ago when I was in Alberta, mentioning to a local how beautiful the Rockies were, she said: 'yes, but the Alps are the best!'

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    Sep 5, 2006 at 11:29 AM

    Great mountain scenery - I only know the northern part of Trentino :-) And good to see that the beer tip is not missing :-))) Ah, did you miss that one ? Don told me, and it is already on the list :-)

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2004 at 1:21 PM

    Blowing up your photos is one of the great joys of my life. Fancy missing out on the iceman - shame on you! Totally agree with your sentiments about how people forget the Dolomites.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 29, 2004 at 9:55 PM

    What a pleasure to read and view your pages. Remarkable text and utterly charming photographs. Your passion for the outdoors is refreshing. Restaurant and hotel tips especially well done. Thanks.

  • GillianMcLaughlin's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2004 at 2:58 AM

    Your writing and your photos are just fantastic. I know the Alto Adige from many years ago... but we were further south (and a bit more in the Italian-speaking areas)... every word brings back those exhilirating hikes... Many thanks and congratulations

  • Docu2001's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2003 at 6:25 AM

    Very helpful ... Docu2001

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2003 at 9:40 AM

    Again the photography is top-notch (that little church under the towering craggy Dolomites, just a super pic) and the descriptions thoughtful and helpful. And of course no Richie page would be complete without at least a beer or two.

  • Maggies's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2003 at 2:25 PM

    I didn't know there was St. Magdalena area in Dolomites. me me me. Next time we meet here for skiing ;-)

  • patrikske's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2003 at 2:31 PM

    Another wonderful page with great tips and lovely pics. Thanks, Richie !

  • Jul 31, 2003 at 7:32 AM

    Great page .. cool pictures


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