Italy | Ala


17.-18.8.1771 ● 8. - 9.12.1771 ● 30. - 31.10.1772 ● 1.11.1772 ● Around 8. - 10.3.1773
Ala was originally a small trading town and post station on the road from Rovereto to Verona, hometown to the art patrons Giovanni and Pietro Pizzini.
On 17th August 1771, W.A. Mozart and his father enjoyed the charm of Palazzo Pizzini for the first time. For the remainders of the day, the Mozart's played music for the two brothers. The day after, they left for the south, but from that time onwards, they visited the brothers each time they passed through Ala.

Stays: from 17th to 18th August 1771 (during the second journey to Italy); from 8th to 9th December 1771 (during the return journey); from 30th October to 1st November 1772 (during the third journey to Italy); from 8th to 10th March 1773 (last stay in Ala);
Persons Mozart met during his stays: Mozart was always hosted by the noble Pizzini family.
Existingauthentic building are : Palazzo Pizzini - Superior (where Mozart was hosted and played), Palazzo Pizzini - Inferior (Museum of Ancient Pianos), Palazzo Malfatti - Azzolini, Palazzo Malfatti - Scherer, Palazzo Angelini, Palazzo Taddei, Palazzo Gresti - Filippi).
Compositions written during the stays: none, but Mozart's father (Leopold) wrote in Ala his unique letter from Trentino.


Born as a Roman town, Ala has always been a strategic corridor in economic and military terms for it was situated on the most important passageways between inland Europe and the Mediterranean basin. The place was marked on one of the most important Roman roadmaps, the Itinerarium Antonini, as a post-stage, a "palatium" for stopping and changing horses, certainly garrisoned.
During the Middle Ages Ala took a two-core structure, which remained unchanged for centuries: a more ancient part developed around the "castrum" and a more recent residential area, the "suburbium", situated at a lower altitude.
During the 16th century mulberry - growing and the breeding of silkworms developed and during the 17th century the production of silk velvets was also launched, turned the city into a major economic centre. This attracted new inhabitants and favoured substantial transformations both at urban level and at cultural and artistic level.
During the 17th and 18th centuries the old mediaeval dwellings underwent substantial restoration and renovation: the palaces of the velvet merchants are still majestic witnesses of that period of wealth.
Contact & Information
Comune di Ala
Ufficio Attività Culturali, Turistiche e Sportive
P.zza San Giovanni, 1
I - 38061 - ALA (TN)
Tel: +39-0464678767
Fax: +39-0464672495
Azienda per il Turismo Rovereto e Vallagarina
Corso Rosmini 8
I-38068 Rovereto (TN)
Tel: +39 0464 430363
Fax: +39 0464 435528

Mozarts Journeys

  • 2nd Journey to Italy
    1771 - 1771 Map
  • 3rd Journey to Italy
    1772 - 1773 Map

Following Mozart

  • Palazzo Pizzini
  • Palazzo Angelini and Palazzo Gresti