TRENTO | TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE
The city of Trento stands at the centre of the Valle dell´Adige valley. Both its geography and history – such as the Council held here in the 16th Century – have helped make Trento a repository of art and culture, featuring the Castello del Buonconsiglio, the towers, Renaissance palaces, churches, and museums as well as the leading events held in the city.
The city of Trento stretches along the Valle dell’Adige valley towards the north, leaving behind a row of small towns before reaching the vineyard gardens of the Piana Rotaliana. High-quality Trentino’s wines and sparkling wines/spumante are manufactured here by small cellars, skilled winegrowers, large winegrowing cooperatives as well as some by the most prestigious spumante-makers.Trento is located along the banks of the Adige river with, Verona to the south and Bolzano to the North.
Aesthetically the city outskirts are not very appealing but the historical core is mostly unchanged and worth visiting. Trento is a city of art and history full of old palaces with painted facades representing a crossroads for the contrasting cultures of Italy and northern Europe.
Originally a Roman city,Trento became famous for the Council (1545 -1563) which gave rise to the Counter - Reformation. Places to visit includes the Castello del Buonconsiglio, the Duomo and its splendid square, the houses decorated with frescoes, the churches of the Council, the museums and exhibitions which today make Trento a city of art, culture and traditions beyond those of the Alps.
WHAT TO SEE IN THE CITY OF TRENTO
LOCAL INFORMATION AND WEB SITES
The visitor centre, www.apt.trento.it; is located on Via Manci 2, and open daily. You will find lots of english information on biking, hiking and skiing in the area. There is a nice booklet on the bike paths of the region you should pick up if you plan on riding any of the paths.
SLEEPING AND EATING:
AROUND THE CITY
The Monte Bondone overlooks the city on the east, beyond the river. This is known as the Alp of Trento and stands at 2000 meters above sea level, offering tourists spectacular views of the surrounding Alps and Dolomites. The Tre Cime del Monte Bondone Integral Nature Reserve and the Alpine Botanical Gardens are also a must for visitors.
Hiking trails with numerous starting points are scattered all around, and also mountain-bike routes and cycle paths, and sport centres catering for both indoor and outdoor sports: sport-lovers will find their heart’s content here.
The fascinating Valle dei Laghi valley is located West of the city, behind Monte Bondone. Favoured by a mild climate, the area is overlooked by pools of water and dotted with romantic castles. Sweet Vino Santo, schnapps, distilled liquors and other typical products of the region are still manufactured here following traditional procedures.