I know that there are favourite places to visit in Italy, whether you like to be sipping wine in the hills of Tuscany or swimming in the Mediterranean sea just off the coast of Capri. You may want to venture out, away from the hound of tourists and try something different. That place is Trento a gorgeous mountainous village in the region of Trentino. This blog is about the best of Trento Italy in 1 Day.
What you should know before you go to Trento Italy.
Where is Trento, Italy?
Trento is situated in the district of Trentino, just south of the Dolomite Mountains in Northern Italy and is a hop skip and a jump away from Italy’s Lake Garda. Although Lake Garda is stunning, Trento has that old world charm that makes you feel like you have stepped back in time.
Weather in Trento Italy
In Trento, the summers are warm and inviting. However, the winters are freezing, which makes for excellent snow season. The temperature in Trento typically varies from 1°C degrees in winter to 30°C in summer. It is a place that you could travel to during any season and enjoy it.
Transport – when staying in Trento or the Trentino region ask about the Trentino Guest Card. This card allows you to utilise some excellent services, discounted or free entries into museum and galleries. The card includes Unlimited access to the urban (Trento, Rovereto, Alto Garda and Pergine) and local public transport network of Trentino Trasporti.
How to get to Trento, Italy
This bus service leaves from most major cities in Europe. Download the app, which gives you real-time updates on the bus services. I caught the bus from Verona, so it was an easily accessible way to get to Trento and see the fantastic countryside at the same time.
Although this is the fastest way to get to, it is not necessarily the most convenient (ensure you choose the express train)
Where to stay in Trento, Italy
This little pensione (or bed and breakfast) was delightful. I can not recommend it enough, the owners of this establishment went beyond what was expended of them (even checking I got to my venue okay). The rooms are comfortable, the location is convenient, and the breakfast was more than what was expected of a continental breakfast.
A full day out in Trento Italy starts here:
You can’t visit an Italian city, town or village without visiting its most recognised cathedral or church and of course, Trento is no different. This cathedral is beautiful and attached to it is a great little museum called Castello del Buonconsiglio. You will not be disappointed by what the artwork, tapestry and wooden sculptures. It engulfs the rich history and culture of this beautiful town (which was once part of Austria).
Who doesn’t love the romance of a castle? This castle, in particular, is recognised as being one of the most important and impressive castles in the Trento Italy. Although now it hosts many exhibitions, it was once the residence of prince bishops and cardinals alike.
Once occupied by the Roccabruna family who is considered to be one of the oldest noble families in Trentino, it is now used for both exhibitions and events. There are many reasons to visit this unique palace, whether you choose to visit one of the many exhibitions they have on display or to taste the local food and wine. Either way, there is a little something for everyone.
You can not help but fall in love with this part of town, with its beautiful fountain and busy thoroughfare. It makes for a perfect afternoon of alfresco dining.
The food and wine in Trento Italy
If you are anything like me, I am there to sniff out the best food and wine in Trento, Italy. Who doesn’t love Italian food? It is not always about carb overload and red wine, so here are my alternatives.
Gelato – Cherry
I had heard this place is impressive, and they were right with their definition. The gelato here has all types of quirky flavours, and the staff will guide you with their recommendations of the best combinations of flavours. I tried a few other gelaterias in the area, but I kept coming back and trying the delicious flavours cherry has to offer.
Aperitif – The Hugo
This little Aperitif can be found at any bar or restaurant in Trento. I have given away my love of the Aperol spritz and in its place comes the Hugo. The best part about this afternoon treat is the goodies that come along with it no matter where you choose to sit. The Hugo aperitif consists of:
One sprig of mint,
1 Tbsp elderflower syrup more if you like it sweet,
1 cup Prosecco or white sparkling wine,
1/2 lime sliced, 1 to 2 Tbsp sparkling water
and ½ cup of ice cubes.
Grappa – Francesco Poli
If you haven’t yet tried grappa, then head over to Distilleria Francesco in Santa Massenza. This distillery might not be in Trento, but it is in the Trentino region. So if you want to spend a day out by the beautiful lake Santa Massenza a little grappa tasting might be right up your alley.
This little pizzeria is walking distance from the Piazza Duomo; whether you choose alfresco or inside dining, you can’t go by the authentic Italian dining experience. The pizzas are fresh, light and oh so delicious, paired with the local red wines and there you have a great Italian meal.
For something a little different, head over to Birreria Pedavena for not only a nice cold beer but some delicious food to go with it. We all know Italy is all about the wine and the grappa and the aperitif’s, but this place has great beer. Many varieties to choose from and a vast range of delicious pizzas.
I am already making plans for my next Italian adventure and ensuring that this little gem is included in the itinerary.
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