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The autonomous province of Bolzano

The autonomous province of Bolzano- Alto Adige South Tyrol is the northernmost Italian province; Alto Adige - South Tyrol is entirely on the mountains.
Its territory gibes rise to the Central Alps which includes the Ortler massif, the highest mountain in the province of Bolzano (as well as of the entire Trentino-Alto Adige region) with its 3,902 m.s.l.m.
Also a part of the Alto Adige Dolomites belongs to the Alto Adige territory, declared a world heritage site in 2009. These dolomite peaks also include the Dolomites of Sesto with the Punta Tre Scarperi (Dreischusterspitze), Croda dei Baranci, and the  Tre Cime (Three Peaks) of Lavaredo, the Gardena Dolomites (Sassolungo, Sassopiatto, Sella, Piz Boè) and the other Dolomite Peaks such as Plan de Corones (Kronplatz), Latemar, Plose, Catinaccio, Sciliar (Sclern).

The Val d'Adige (Adige Valley) features the valley that is wet by the Adige river stretching from Merano in Rovereto in Trentino. Among the most important valleys of Alto Adige - South Tyrol are the Val d'Adige (Adige Valley), the Valle Isarco (Isarco Valley), the Val Pusteria (Pusteria Valley) and the Val Venosta (Venosta Valley).

Fruit harvesting is highly developed in this territory: 10% of the apple harvesting in the EU, which represents 2% of world production, is cultivated in Alto Adige - South Tyrol, covering an area of 18,000 hectares. Thanks to the mild climate, especially along the Strada del Vino (The Wine Route), vineyards grow particularly well. Many wines bear the D.O.C. mark.  (Registered Designation of Origin). Among the best wines of the territory, we can mention the Gewürztraminer from Alto Adige, the Kalterersee Auslese (Caldaro wine), the St. Magdalener, the Weissburgunder and the Blauburgunder of Alto Adige. Of course the autochthonous wines Schiava (o Vernatsch) and the Lagrein cannot go without mentioning. The area cultivated with vineyards is  not more than 5,100 hectares, i.e. just 1% of the entire Italian wine-producing surface. This does not prevent South Tyrolean wines to be universally appreciated and notorious in international competitions. Forst beer also South Tyrolean, but the most important economic sector is tourism: renowned ski resorts (Plan de Corones (Kronplatz), Sellaronda, Plose), the thermal baths in Merano, Bolzano's rich cultural heritage (with the famous Ötzi), the beauty of the landscape and the excellent South Tyrolean cuisine attract millions of tourists every year.
The province of Bolzano is the first in Italy in terms of overnight stays, before Rimini and Venice.

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