The city of Trento or Trentino will amaze you with its dual landscape. On one end, you see the majestic Alpine peaks while on the other end of the city is the glistening Lake Garda. The historical buildings stand tall to speak the past from the Middle Ages when it wasn't a part of the Italian province.
The town is situated in the Adige River valley in the Trentino-Alto/Südtirol region. The current capital city of the autonomous region of Trento was once a part of the Austria-Hungary region. Trento was overpowered by the Romans in the 1st Century BC. Much later in 1027, Conrad II, the Holy Roman Emperor built the Prince-Bishop of Trento. The city was under his reign late until the 19th Century. A fight at Calliano in the 15th century prevented forces from the Republic of Venice from entering some of the Trentino regions. After the fall of Napoleon's Empire, Trento was then assigned to the Habsburg Empire. This Italian city was adversely affected by World War I and a bunch of fierce battles were fought on this land. At the end of the war, Trento and the area around it were annexed to Italy by signing the Treaty of Saint-Germain, in 1919.
The city was under the rule of the Roman emperor for a long time, hence the houses, lanes and residential set-ups have a Romanic influence. For nature lovers, Trento is heaven. With majestic valleys, crystal-like lakes, and stunning peaks of the Alpine mountain range that offer gorgeous sunsets, Trento's sights are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Dolomites, when shining bright at sundown, create a spectacular light effect, it is called “alpenglow” or “enrosadira.” These Dolomites are the perfect grounds for skiing and other outdoor activities. Tourists enjoy a hike up the peak mostly during the summers.
The authentic old town houses the oldest monuments and buildings that stand proudly to tell the history of the city. The walls of these monuments are studded with Renaissance frescoes and other architectural works. Trento's shopping game is quite intriguing too. With daily markets that offer all the local things, the weekly markets have all the articrafts, paintings, and other souvenirs to take home. The culinary experience in Trento is equally fun as sightseeing. Desserts are the most enjoyed food in the city. Fresh apples make the best dry cakes and other savoury delicacies. The Dolomites are not only good at attracting tourists, but they also house dairy farms where luscious cheeses are made.
Piazza Duomo, Orrido Di Ponte Alto, Cattedrale di San Vigilio, Torre Aquila, Via Belenzani, Medieval Bell Tower of Sopramonte, and Santa Margherita Gate are all the historical monuments that depict the past of the town. You will be surprised by the wide range of events and activities this city offers. Delicious food and drinks, outdoor events, lakes and mountains, hikes, shopping, markets, and monuments, and the people, all welcome you with warm hearts and open arms.
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The heart of the city, Piazza Duomo is the first place you visit when you start touring around the town. The big Neptune Fountain that sits right in the middle of the area was sculpted in the 18th Century. It's huge and mesmerising, and the continuous water flowing from it will calm you the most. Attracting people was not the only purpose of building the fountain; it was built to avoid the water streams from polluting and to ensure a continuous water supply to the city. The spot is also the best one to start with because you will find Torre Civica and Palazzo Pretorio and other attractions within a walking distance from the square.
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The castle is one of the most important historic buildings in Trento. It overlooks the German roads and was included in the Prince-Bishops of Trentino after the 13th Century. Its walls are studded with frescoes and sculptures that depict history well. Numerous collections of art and archaeology are displayed in occasional exhibitions in the halls of the castle. The urban fortress is rich in detailed architecture and boasts royalty as it was the dwelling of the Prince-Bishops of Trento in his time. The mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture makes the fortress look even more attractive. The Aquila tower at the southern end of the fortress is the perfect representative of the construction work in the 15 Century. It gives a glimpse of the royal court, meetings, and other outdoor activities of those times.
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It is the most recent addition to the tourist attractions of Trento. Starchitect Renzo Piano created this museum to encourage the sustainable relationship of humans with nature. It is dedicated to nature's various elements, flora, fauna, glaciers, sustainability, understanding the ecosystem, and technology. The light-filled museum is perfect for a learning tour for your younger ones (0-5 years) as it has activities that include a visit to the tropical greenhouse, workshops and various nature-related topics. Seminars on understanding the human and nature relationship better are delivered occasionally. The itinerary of the museum also includes seasonal workshops and activities that talk about the global issues and challenges that the world is facing currently.
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Another museum depicts another time and antiques from the history of Trento. But Le Galleries is not a regularly built museum. 'Le Galleries' literally means 'The Tunnels'. YES! This museum is built in the two tunnels that were in use until 2007 and were then converted into a museum. The two tunnels were converted into Galleria Nera (which was the Black Tunnel) and the Galleria Bianca (which was White Tunnel). It is a 300-metre-long area and houses large installations of media that display pictures and videos from the history of Trentino.
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Glaciers from the previous Ice Age formed Lake Garda, which is located on the edge of the Dolomites. The Lake is bordered by numerous little towns that provide a remarkable range of activities, funfairs, wellness spas, local culture and history, stunning architecture, fantastic beaches, and amazing wines. The lake's name comes from the German word which means "Place of Observation" which is 100% true as the peace and serenity that the lake and its surroundings offer are unmatchable. The surrounding areas of the lake also have activities that will give you an adrenaline rush like paragliding, riding, sailing and hiking.
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Under the city of Trento lies the buried Roman city Tridentum whose remains-the city wall, houses with their mosaics, and stone lanes were found during the excavations in the 20th Century. The Romans arrived here in the 1st Century BC which marks the first human settlement on this land. If you are interested to see how the Romans lived here and want to know more about their trading and courts, then the SASS (Spazio Archeologico Sotterraneo) here is your place to visit. You will find how the Trento Romans used to live their daily life right from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
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Old City Centre
When you visit Trento, you shouldn't miss taking a walking tour around the old city centre. You may visit places like Buonconsiglio Castle, Santa Maria Maggiore Church, and Duomo Square, which basically covers the main attractions in the town, but walking! A 2-hour walking tour of the city centre is enough for you to know the essence of Trento's culture, its history, way of living and of course, shopping! Markets in the city centre offer everything you need to take home as a souvenir from Trento and other traditional articrafts.
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Bolzano is 60km away from Trento. It is the capital of the South Tyrol region in northern Italy and the largest city in that area. The city is located in the Bolzano bowl at the convergence of three rivers- Eisack, Talfer, and Adige. The multi-lingual and multicultural Bolzano city gets its variety of events and culture because, in ancient times, the city was under the reigns of the Romans and the Germans with the influence of Italy. Storm Runkelstein Castle, Duomo di Bolzano, Franciscan Church and convent, Walther Square, and Dominican Church are all the monuments you must visit and absorb as much of history as you can when you are here. You can reach Bolzano by private taxi transfers, trains and buses from the city centre.
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Just 6km away from the outskirts of Trento is Monte Bondone, which is situated in a province that crosses Trento. With an elevation of 2,180 metres, the snowy mountain is home to one of the best skiing tracks. You can see the Estchal valley in the east and the Sarca valley in the west of the mountain. As the mountain is quite high and gives breathtaking views of Trento city, it is also known as the 'Mountain of Trento.' The skiing business works almost all day here, which gives the mesmerising experience of skiing under the moon and stars, and also on the glistening snow during the day.
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Located about 9 km north of Trento is Roman Barbaric town Lavis, which is a comune located in Trentino in the northern Italian region. The town is mostly known for its beautiful culture, interesting history and fine wines. It gets its name from the river Avisio whose banks it is situated on. Famous attractions in the area are the archbishop's church of S. Udalrico which dates back to the 15th Century, the Casa Schuldhaus, the hanging gardens of Ciuciòi, and the Cantine Monfort. A 10-min taxi ride from Trento city centre will take you to this picturesque town of Lavis.