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Trentino – South Tyrol is one of the most peculiar regions of Italy. Consisting of two autonomous provinces, the Italian-speaking Trentino, with its capital city Trento, and the mostly German-speaking South Tyrol (Alto Adige in Italian, Südtirol in German) with Bozen (Bolzano) as capital, the region extends south to north from Lake Garda to the Italian-Austrian border and is renowned for having some of the most terrific mountain ranges in the world, including the famous Dolomites.

Part of the Austrian Empire until 1918, the whole region shows all its multicultural background, which combines Mediterranean and Nordic culture into a unique ensemble.
For example, the local cuisine mixes south-European and north-European influences and it is not uncommon to find in the same restaurant typically Italian pasta or gnocchi dishes and Austrian-German ones such as knödel, goulash soup, and Bratwürstel mit Sauerkraut.

Such diversity is also expressed by the region’s museums, many of which are among the best in Italy in their genres, including the MART museum of modern art in Rovereto, the MuSe science museum in Trento, the Museion contemporary art museum in Bozen and the iconic Messner Mountain Museum Corones located on an alpine peak near Bruneck / Brunico.

Cover image: The Messner Mountain Museum Corones near Bruneck. Photo Riccardo Bianchini / Inexhibit


museums in Trentino-Alto Adige/South Tyrol

MART – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento & Rovereto

MART – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento & Rovereto

Rovereto - corso Angelo Bettini, 43
closed: Mondays
Designed by Mario Botta, MART is an important museum of modern and contemporary art in Rovereto, northern Italy, with a collection of over 30,000 artworks
MuSe Science Museum, Trento

MuSe Science Museum, Trento

Trento - Corso del Lavoro e della Scienza, 3
closed: Mondays, and December 25
MuSe is a science museum in Trento, housed in an iconic building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano; it is the most visited science museum in Italy
MUSEION museum of modern & contemporary art, Bozen / Bolzano

MUSEION museum of modern & contemporary art, Bozen / Bolzano

Bolzano/Bozen - Piazza Piero Siena,1
closed: Mondays
Located in the multicultural alpine city of Bolzano-Bozen, Museion is a very popular museum of contemporary art in Alto Adige-South Tyrol, northern Italy
Museo Retico | Sanzeno

Museo Retico | Sanzeno

Sanzeno - via Nazionale, 50
closed: open Saturday and Sunday afternoon from March through October
The Museo Retico in Sanzeno, Trento, is a small archaeological museum focused on the history of the Val di Non and of the Rhaeti tribes once inhabiting it

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Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum Corones

Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum Corones

The Messner Mountain Museum Corones designed by Zaha Hadid on the top of the Kronplatz Peak in the heart of the Italian Alps

Gampen Gallery, Mussolini’s Secret Alpine Fortress

Gampen Gallery, Mussolini’s Secret Alpine Fortress

The Gampen Gallery is a truly unconventional museum in South Tyrol, housed in one of the most secret fortresses built by Mussolini against a German invasion

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Trento | Álvaro Siza – Inside the human being

Trento | Álvaro Siza – Inside the human being

The great exhibition "Alvaro Siza. Inside the human being", dedicated to Portuguese architect, is running until February 2015 at the MART museum in Rovereto

MART Museum’s Magnificent Obsession

MART Museum’s Magnificent Obsession

A major exhibition at the MART in Rovereto, near Trento, presents the modern and contemporay art collection of the museum under a new light

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