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I know there are favourite places to visit in Italy, whether you like sipping wine in the hills of Tuscany or swimming in the Mediterranean sea just off the coast of Capri. But you may want to venture away from the hound of tourists and try something different. That place is Trento, a gorgeous mountainous village in 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 an excellent snow season. The temperature in Trento typically varies from 1°C degrees in winter to 30°C in summer. It is a place you could travel to during any season and enjoy.
Transport – when staying in Trento or the Trentino region, ask about the Trentino Guest Card. This card allows you to utilise some excellent services and discounted or free entries into museums and galleries. In addition, the card includes Unlimited access to the urban (Trento, Rovereto, Alto Garda and Pergine) and the local public transport network of Trentino Trasporti.
How to get to Trento, Italy
This bus service leaves the most significant 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 simultaneously.
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 is 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; 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 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 one of the most important and impressive castles in Trento, Italy. Although it now hosts many exhibitions, it was once the residence of prince bishops and cardinals.
Once occupied by the Roccabruna family, considered 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 visit one of the many exhibitions they have on display or 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, 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? However, it is not always about carb overload and red wine, so here are my alternatives.
Gelato – Cherry
I had heard this place was 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 of cherry.
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 Hugo comes in its place. The best part about this afternoon treat is the goodies that go with it, no matter where you choose to sit. The Hugo aperitif consists of the following:
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, head to Distilleria Francesco in Santa Massenza. This distillery might not be in Trento but in the Trentino region. So if you want to spend a day by the beautiful lake Santa Massenza a little grappa tasting might be right up your alley.
This little pizzeria is within walking distance from the Piazza Duomo; whether you choose alfresco or inside dining, you can’t go for the authentic Italian dining experience. Instead, 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 to Birreria Pedavena for a nice cold beer and some delicious food to go with it. We all know Italy is all about wine, grappa, and aperitifs, but this place has great beer. Wide varieties to choose from and a vast range of delicious pizzas.
I am already planning my next Italian adventure and ensuring this little gem is included in the itinerary.
Thanks for taking the time to read the blog. I hope this post has given you the necessary information before your next trip. If you have any recommendations, tips or travel advice, I would love for you to share them in the comment section below!
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