Trentino-Alto Adige/South Tyrol

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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

Arte Sella, open-air art museum – Valsugana

Arte Sella, open-air art museum – Valsugana

Borgo Valsugana - Malga Costa
closed: open daily
Arte Sella is an open-air museum located in a fir forest in the Valsugana alpine valley, near Trento, which combines nature and contemporary art
Casa d’Arte Futurista Depero, Rovereto – Depero Futurist House

Casa d’Arte Futurista Depero, Rovereto – Depero Futurist House

Rovereto - Via dei Portici, 38
closed: Mondays
The Casa d’Arte Futurista Depero in Rovereto, near Trento, is a museum of art and design dedicated to famous Italian Futurism artist Fortunato Depero
Gampen Gallery, Gampenpass

Gampen Gallery, Gampenpass

U. lb. Frau i. Walde-St. Felix - Gampenpass - Passo Palade
closed: open Sat-Sun-Mon from June to October
The Gampen Gallery is a permanent exhibition gallery housed in a former defensive bunker built by Mussolini at the Gampen high mountain pass in 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
Messner Mountain Museum Firmian

Messner Mountain Museum Firmian

Bolzano/Bozen - Sigmundskroner strasse / Via Castel Firmiano, 53
closed: Open from March to November. Closed on Thursday
The Messner Mountain Museum Firmian, near Bozen, is the central museum of the Reinhold Messner network, dedicated to the mountains, their history and people
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
Timmelsjoch Experience

Timmelsjoch Experience

Timmelsjoch - Timmelsjoch
closed: usually open from late-Spring to early-Autumn
Located along a mountain road straddling the Austrian-Italian border, the Timmelsjoch Experience is an open-air museum of architectural sculptures

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Pass Museum Timmelsjoch – Werner Tscholl Architects

Pass Museum Timmelsjoch – Werner Tscholl Architects

High mountain museums always have a peculiar charm, and the tube-shaped Pass Museum designed by Werner Tscholl at Timmelsjoch, Austria, is no exception

Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum Corones

Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum Corones

July 23, 2015: the new Messner Mountain Museum Corones, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects on the top of the Kronplatz peak in the Alps, opens its doors

Bozen | The secret fortress of Mussolini

Bozen | The secret fortress of Mussolini

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

Art and landscape at MART museum

Art and landscape at MART museum

The exhibition “Scenario di Terra”, open until February 2015 at MART- Museum of Trento and Rovereto is focused of the relationship between art and landscape

Rovereto | The magnificent obsession

Rovereto | The 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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