The Etschtal is the name given to that part of alpine
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 of the Adige
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 in Trentino-South Tyrol
Trentino-South Tyrol
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, Italy
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, which stretches from Merano to Bolzano and from Salurn to Rovereto
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. It is also sometimes used to define the whole river valley, up to its entrance into the Padan Plain.

South of Rovereto, the valley changes its name to Vallagarina
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