Culture in South Tyrol is not a piece of history but something that is present in everyday life. The local heritage is important to the locals and they try as much as possible to preserve old habits and traditions. The language question, of course, can be confusing: where do people speak German and where Italian or Ladin? The trilingual region is an amalgam of various cultures and combines the best bits of every one of them: Mediterranean flair and lifestyle, Alpine hospitality and the famous local cuisine. South Tyrol has a rich history dominated by a variety of influences – you can visit churches, castles and fortresses and admire the stunning contrast with the modern, cutting-edge design of some of the newer buildings.