The geographical location of South Tyrol
South Tyrol is a region located in the northernmost part of Italy, bordering Austria to the north and Switzerland to the west. Its landscape is characterized by the majestic peaks of the Dolomite Mountains and picturesque alpine valleys.
Exploring the geographical wonders of South Tyrol
The beautiful province in northern Italy with its capital Bolzano is entirely in the Alps and is the northernmost province in Italy. With about 530,000 inhabitants and an area of about 7,400 km², it is one of the largest provinces in Italy. The important Brenner transit route runs through it in a north-south direction. To the north and east, South Tyrol borders the Austrian provinces of Tyrol and, to a small extent, Salzburg. To the west, the Swiss canton of Graubünden joins it.
In the southwest, the Italian region of Lombardy (province of Sondrio) surrounds South Tyrol; in the south, Trentino surround
s it; and in the southeast, Veneto (province of Belluno) surrounds it. The population is currently made up of over 62% German-speaking and about 23% Italian-speaking South Tyroleans. Around 4% of the population in the Dolomite region still speak Ladin today.
South Tyrol became one of the most prosperous areas in Italy not only because of the income from the Brenner Pass. The region was predominantly agricultural until the second half of the 20th century. Today, trade, transport and tourism play a major role.