Wine-related festivities abound across the region with almost every village celebrating its vintages, harvest or related traditions – ask local tourist offices for details. The biggest wine bash, the Festa in Vino takes place in the sixteen towns along the South Tyrolean Wine Road from mid-May to mid-June, with tours, music, tastings and myriad other events. The month of events comes to a climax with the Night of the Cellars when wine producers throw open their doors on the final night; see wsuedtiroler-weinstrasse.it for further details.

There are plenty of summer concerts, but possibly the best event is the Suoni delle Dolomiti series of jazz, folk and world music concerts by artists from all over the world: the concept is an original one – you hike (sometimes with the artists) to the chosen location, which may be a wood, perhaps, or a rocky gully, then listen to the concert. Performances are in the early afternoon and sometimes at dawn; wisuonidelledolomiti.it has details of concerts, local accommodation, and walking times to venues. In the best Central European tradition, vast Christmas markets take over the historic centres of Trento and Bolzano, as well as most towns in the region: for details, see wvisittrentino.it or wchristkindlmarkt.it.

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