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Explore these 15 amazing things to do in Trento Italy! They are all fabulous. You’re going to love discovering Trento Italy.
But where exactly is Trento?
Trento, in northern Italy, is situated in the Adige River valley in the Trentino-Alto/Südtirol region, which borders Austria and Switzerland. In fact, Trento used to be part of Austria until after WWI. The stunning Dolomite Mountain range is the backdrop for this city full of historic charm.
Trento, Italy is an absolute hidden gem close to Milan, Lake Garda and Venice. But Trento is not really on foreigners’ radar. A popular spot with Italians on vacation, Trento is the perfect summer and winter destination.
I found myself in Trento Italy for a travel bloggers conference put on by Traverse in June. It was the perfect opportunity to explore a city I had never heard of before. Clearly, this was my year to visit off the beaten path cities in Italy. My trip to Tropea and Scilla had already ensured an authentic southern Italian experience. How would Trento measure up?
15 Things To Do In Trento Italy
1. Wander Or Flâner
You know from my Paris posts that I love to wander and wonder when I get to a new destination. It’s the “flaneuse” in me. My preferred way to connect with a place. Within minutes of setting foot in Trento, I knew this well-kept secret would be perfect for sauntering.
Medieval streets. Gurgling fountains. Piazzas filled with people. Frescoes decorating facades. Tiny tucked away alcoves. There’s even a castle that looms over the city. All this Italian goodness with a mountainous backdrop and church bells chiming.
2. Things To Do In Trento: Look For Angels
Sauntering in a city like Trento, there is always a fine reward when looking skyward. My favourite angel on this northern Italy itinerary has been sighted in Verona.
But the angels in Trento, Italy are waiting to be discovered.
Have you ever wondered, when it comes to angels if they are male or female?
I say male for the last two photos. Agreed?
Keep your eyes open in Trento Italia. Angels are everywhere.
3. Trento Italy: Find All The Neptunes
The Neptune Fountain or Fontana del Nettuno stands front and centre in the Piazza Duomo. Neptune, the god of freshwater and the sea, is the perfect representation for this fountain as in 1769 it started bringing a supply of freshwater to the city.
Keep your eyes open as Neptune makes several appearances in Trento, Italy.
4. Don’t Miss The Frescoes
Honestly, if you never made it out of the Piazza Duomo, you wouldn’t feel it was an injustice. With the Neptune Fountain, the Duomo and the intricate frescoes telling their ancient stories, pull up a sidewalk chair at a café and stay awhile.
5. Things To Do In Trento: Eat Gelato, Of Course
Gelato makes the journey through Italy all the much sweeter. Cherry. Yes, that is the gelato shop’s name full of creative and absolutely delectable flavours. I had Monalisa. Twice. Mascarpone cheese and …. say no more.
If the line up is too long at Cherry, Grom is another Italian gelato hotbed. I savoured Grom in Milan and also in Paris. Gluten-free cones and scrumptious gelato. It never disappoints.
6. Trento Italy: Explore Castello del Buonconsiglio
Although not the only castle in the region, Castello del Buonconsiglio is the largest and most important. The oldest section of the castle, called Castelvecchio, was the residence of Trento’s Prince-Bishops from the 13th – 18th centuries. Today, this massive complex is a museum housing multiple exhibits honouring Trento’s history.
The Torre Aquila is the gem of the looming castle. Walk with a guide along crooked floorboards and cold, narrow passageways to enter the crowning glory of the entire visit. Frescoes from the 14th century depict the Cycle of the Months. The delightful scenes tell tales of another era and my Canadian heart sings seeing that snowball fights are as old as time.
7. Ride The Funivia Trento-Sardagna
Find the ticket booth for this cable car journey in Trento Italia, by walking across Ponte S Lorenzo which crosses the Adige River. Definitely not for the faint of heart, this is one steep cable car journey.
Once at the top, there are magnificent views over Trento, the Dolomites and the Adige River valley. Stay awhile and enjoy a drink at the restaurant.
8. Hike To Orrido di Ponte Alto |The Gorge Of Ponte Alto
Be sure to build time in to visit this deep gorge in Trento, Italy. The power of water is never more evident than watching the wild waters of the Fersina Stream here at the Orrido di Ponte Alto. It is only permitted to visit on a guided tour. Paved walkways lead you down into the gorge closer and closer to the waterfall until you are directly behind it. Roaring water and its cool spray accompany you on this tour!
9. Things To Do In Trento: Sit By The Medieval Wall
Today, the medieval wall does not surround Trento. It does though pop up every now and then, just to remind you that Trento Italia has been around for more than a few centuries.
10. Photograph Lago di Toblino
Lake Toblino, just 15 km west of Trento, is a beautiful side trip. The 12th-century castle, situated on the point, makes Lago di Toblino a photographer’s dream. Walk the pathway around the lake surrounded by birdsong and vineyards.
11. Boat Across Lake Garda
A day trip from Trento to Lake Garda is well worth it. The direct bus from Trento to Riva del Garda is about an hour and twenty-minute journey. The bus depot is right beside the train station and the buses leave about every three hours.
Riva del Garda is a beautiful lakeside town and Lake Garda is stunning. Windsurfers zip across the lake as ferry boats deliver passengers to towns along the shore.
12. Indulge In Trento DOC
There were endless vineyards, backdropped with stunning mountains, as the train rattled along from Verona to Trento. Look out prosecco! Here comes Trento DOC. With its perfect growing conditions, Trentino delivers when it comes to white and rosé sparkling wines. Visiting Cavit, the biggest cooperative in the area was a glimpse into the winemaking business in Trento.
Make sure you try a glass or two!
13. Sip Coffee In Rovereto
My favourite smell in the world is that of coffee. In Italy, I am usually smiling as the scent of fresh beans creating that perfect cup of coffee is never too far away.
Take a short train ride from Trento to Rovereto to get a glimpse and taste of Bontadi coffee, coffee roasters that have been perfecting the process since 1790. The secrets of their technique have been passed from generation to generation. The museum is full of ancient coffee artefacts that any coffee-lover would love.
14. Savour Italian Food
Eating in Trento Italia was an absolute highlight of the visit. I ate at many places but these three restaurants were truly memorable experiences. The creative flavours, presentation and service were outstanding.
Uve e Mente Via Dietro le Mura A, 35
Orso-Grigio Ristorante & Pizza Via degli Orti, 19,
Ristorante al Vò Vicolo Vo, n.11
15. Have A Tête à Tête With Dante
“Beauty awakens the soul to act.” Dante
It seems fitting that a statue of Dante calls to you from the train station. On your way out of town saunter around Dante Alighieri, the Italian poet most famous for his Divine Comedy.
The statue was installed while Trento was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire as a reminder of its Italian heritage. The soaring statue is a fine finale to a city overflowing with beauty.
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