San Michele all'Adige
Important centre of culture, research and innovation
The river Adige is closely intertwined with this town, and has, in fact, played an important role in the cultural and economic growth of the whole of the Piana Rotaliana.
San Michele all'Adige used to be a stopping-off place for the numerous travellers passing through the Piana Rotaliana: an old hotel in the town, the Albergo Aquila Nera, remains as a reminder of the passage of these people. We find mention of the hotel as early as the 15th century and the Venetian ambassadors on their way to the court of Frederick III stayed here in June 1492.
Whether approached from the north or from the south, it is the white facade of the Baroque church, part of the old Augustinian monastery complex, that first catches the eye upon arrival in San Michele all'Adige. The monumental church of St. Michael the Archangel if one of the most striking examples of Baroque art in the region.
Next to the church is the Agricultural Institute of San Michele - Edmund Mach Foundation, centre of excellence in agricultural research, training and promotion, in particular winegrowing. Next to this stands another centre of excellence, the Museum of the Customs and Traditions of the People of Trentino, which houses a unique collection of objects and testimonies of the local popular culture.
The undisputed international renown of the Edmund Mach Foundation in the field of oenology is matched by the Institute of Wood Technology, now part of IVALSA (Trees and Timber Institute), a branch of the CNR (National Research Council), where work is carried out on the development of sophisticated technologies for wood-based products.