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Trentino-Alto Adige & Italian Alps property

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This is a region tailor-made for anyone keen on Italian Alps property. Bordering Austria to the north and Switzerland to the north-west, Trentino-Alto Adige is a spectacular landscape of jagged, snow-capped peaks, Alpine meadows, impeccably preserved medieval castles and towns and, of course, popular ski resorts and hiking trails.

If you have decided on buying in the Italy real estate market and are perhaps in Trentino-Alto Adige looking for ski chalets for sale, you will find the region a beguiling mix of cultures, influenced as it is the two countries across its borders. The atmosphere is as much Germanic as Italian and in 1948 Trentino Alto Adige was granted autonomy – again reinforcing its position as the least Italian of the country’s 20 regions.

Many of its Alpine cities, towns and villages have two names, one Italian and one German, such as Bolzano/Bozen, Cortaccia/Kurtatsch and Corno Bianco/Weisshorn. It is split into two autonomous provinces – Trentino, which is largely Italian-speaking, and Alto Adige, where the predominant language is German and which, until the end of World War I, was part of Austria’s South Tirol.

The mountains – characterised by their numerous Alps chalets for sale – are known as the Dolomitic Alps (or the Dolomites for short) after the 18th century French geologist Deodat de Dolomieu, who studied them extensively.

Cortina d’Ampezzo has for more than a century been the Dolomites’ No1 ski resort and in 1956 hosted the Winter Olympics. The ice rink, bob piste and ski jump are still in place more than half a century later. Although for a younger generation of Italians Madonna di Campiglio may feel more chic, for most people in Italy and beyond, Cortina remains the country’s most archetypically idyllic Alpine ski resort. If you are in Cortina, do not miss the dizzyingly cable-car ride that ascends nearly 10,000ft to the Tofane.

Even if searching for ski chalets for sale in Italy is your main reason for visiting Trentino-Alto Adige, this characteristic region is much more than just a place to ski.

Bolzano, Alto Adige’s main town, lies less than 50 miles from the Austrian border. The Teutonic influence is everywhere – from the architecture of its properties and buildings and the street signs to the beer and cuisine. This is a wealthy city whose resident boasts Italy’s highest per capita earnings. Its proximity to superb skiing and mountain climbing resorts make it a worthwhile tourist destination. It is also home to Otzi, the world’s oldest preserved mummy, whose Bronze Age remains were found in a glacier in Similaun on the Austrian border. Trento, meanwhile, is a prosperous Renaissance Italian town with imposing buildings and an historic university.

If you plan to come to the Dolomites for walking and climbing, summer is the ideal time to visit. Ski enthusiasts usually have to wait until a couple of weeks before Christmas for lifts to open and for decent snow conditions, which then usually last until April. However, the main pistes will guarantee artificial snow.

If you are interested in Alps chalets for sale you may also want to take a look at:
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