Ala, a small town in southern Vallagarina, festures one of the most interesting old historic districts throughout the Trentino
Ala, a city with about 8,700 inhabitants has got a lot to offer to its visitors. Stoned streets, a townscape that is characterised by the Mediaeval age ("Villa Alta") as well as different palazzi, dating back to the 17th and 18th century. These typical Italian palazzi include for example the Palazzo Angelini or Palazzo de' Pizzini, where even Napoleon and Mozart and his father stayed. Also stone portals and different frescos testify the illustrious past of the town.
In the Mediaeval age, Ala was a market town, whereas some centuries later the town was subjected to Venetian domination. Nevertheless Ala succeeded in setting up a silk industry, by which Ala was able to achieve worldwide fame. That is why Ala is also called the "velvet town". In summer months there are still several manifestations in town which especially point at the industrial importance of Ala in terms of textile production.