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Trentino: A Photo Essay by Adam Barker

Val di Non is a fantasy land of high-altitude apple orchards and classic medieval castles. Photo Adam Barker.

By Adam Barker

If I had to write a script encompassing all that defines the Trentino region of northern Italy, it would be the most romantic love story, the most sensational drama, the most jaw-dropping thriller…or the most gut-busting comedy. Quite simply, it is “the most” of anything and everything you’d imagine in a classic jaunt through some of Italy’s most storied locales. From Val di Non’s flawlessly manicured apple orchards to San Martino’s sky-piercing peaks. From the adrenaline-infused via ferratas of Madonna di Campiglio to the crystalline trout streams of the Valle del Chiese (who knew?), the Trentino region begs to be experienced by those wishing for nothing but full sensory satisfaction.

Hikers enjoy an explosion of sunset color along the shores of Lago Nero with the Brenta Dolomites towering behind. Photo Adam Barker.



Widely known as “the best via ferrata in the Dolomites”, Bocchette Centrali puts intrepid hikers up close and personal with the behemoth peaks of the Brenta Dolomites. Photo Adam Barker.



Sunrise summit of Monte Castellaz with the statue of Cristo Pensante in the background. Photo Adam Barker.



Making new friends at Capanna Cervino, Passo Rolle. Photo Adam Barker.



Fly fishing with veteran guide Paolo Ferrazza for revered marble trout in the Valle delle Chiese near Madonna di Campiglio. Photo Adam Barker.



Apple Orchards. Val di Sole, Italy. Photo Adam Barker.



Meet Eddie—owner, operator and all around good guy at Chalet Fogajard, Madonna di Campiglio. Photo Adam Barker.



Better than any drive-thru on planet earth. Piping hot pastries at the Chalet Fogajard, Madonna di Campiglio. Photo Adam Barker.



Agriturismos (similar to classic Bed & Breakfasts in the States) serve as the most charming and appetizing option for staying in many of the Trentino regions smaller paesini. Breakfast spreads like this one at the Agristurismo Ai Castioni in Molveno) are typical, and not to be missed. Photo Adam Barker.



Succulent grapes await harvest in the Val di Cembra. Photo Adam Barker.



Anticipatory morning views of the Pale di San Martino from Capanna Cervino. Photo Adam Barker.



Spring apple harvest in Val di Non. Photo Adam Barker.



Moody valley atmospherics play second fiddle to the snow-capped Brenta Dolomites of Madonna di Campiglio. Photo Adam Barker.



Adam Barker is a renowned veteran in the outdoor photography world. Hailing from the mountain metropolis of Salt Lake City, UT, and specializing in active lifestyle, outdoor and travel photography, Barker has traveled the globe capturing five-star imagery from Southeast Asia to Antarctica. His work has appeared on countless magazine covers and editorial features within the skiing, flyfishing and general outdoor genres including Powder, SKI, Skiing, The Flyfish Journal, Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal and many more. Barker regularly produces work for commercial clients including YETI, Treager Grills, Columbia Sportswear, Lifestraw, Utah Office of Tourism, Panasonic, Manfrotto, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort and others. 
Barker’s work is summed up by a transcendental style that takes the viewer “there”. A true student of and scholar to the craft, Barker seeks to convey a sense of place and purpose in his imagery through three-dimensional composition and, most importantly, inimitable light. When not working in the field, he can be found spending time (preferably in the big beautiful world) with his three sons and wife, on his road bike or neck deep in Utah’s finest powder. To see more of Barker’s work, visit him on Instagram at @AdamBarkerPhotography or on his website at www.adambarkerphotography.com

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