Trento, (English: Trent, German: Trient), is a bit of an upmarket town in the northeast of Italy. History made it a proud town, with a number of large manors outside of the town, where bishops used to come for holidays. Nowadays it is one of the most expensive towns in Italy, with the wealth from farming, wine, and high-tech industries. At Easter the fields around Trento are in bloom with apple blossoms.
The town centre is more or less a pedestrian area, and walking around the historic centre you can see a number of outdoor frescos on historic buildings. In the past the river Adige flowed right outside the centre where now Torre Verde is.
Apart from the council of Trento, which gathered in Trento in the sixteenth century for many periods of several years, which dominates the town centre, there is one other noteworthy historical event, related to Judaism. A little boy, named Simione, died about five hundred years ago. The event was blamed on the Jews, with stories of Pagan rituals. Fictional scenes are depicted on two plaqettes on via Roma. Therefore all Jewish men were killed, while women and children were expelled. The Jews put a ban on Trento in return. In the 1990's relations between Trento and the Jewish community improved when the Trentini stopped (officially) honouring Simione as a martyr, and the ban was lifted. A plaquette in a little alley off via Roma commemorates this occasion.
The best way to get around the city is on foot or by bike. The city center is closed off to traffic and small and pleasant to walk. The beautiful mountains surrounding Trento can be reached easily using public transportation (the blue buses. The bus station is between the train station and the hostel).
Rental bike service companies, easy biking itineraries at Trento Region.
On recommend bike rides with specialized rental bike company, Mira, Venice, this company can make Trentino easy biking tours with bike hire and guide services on the road with exclusive naturalistic, quitness sceneries and little traffic on the roads. Bike delivery at b&b, hotels and railway stations with a small fee. Free estimate costs from customer service.
Piazza Duomo. A square in the heart of the old town with some beatiful buldings including the cathedral and the Fountain of Neptune.edit
Trento Cathedral. Called in Italian Cattedrale di San Vigilio, or simply Duomo di Trento, the cathedral is a fine example of Romanesque architecture. Do not miss the rose window with the Wheel of Fortune. Inside the cathedral, the tomb of Roberto Sanseverino, a Renaissance condottiero, is worth seeing.edit
Castello del Buonconsiglio. An impressive castle which served for some time as the residence of local bishops. Among its most prominent features is the renowned Torre Aquila. The interior paintings include the Cycle of the Months (15th century).edit
Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore. A Renassaince church. Some of the events of the Ecumenical Council of Trent (16 century) were held here.edit.
The Trentino museum of natural sciences
The numerous Palazzi located throughout the city centre
Trento offers a number of activities throughout the year:
Rent a bicycle and enjoy a tour of the city, going through the historical centre and take the opportunity to visit Castello di Buonconsiglio or the Duomo, as well as the various Palazzi located throughout the city. Don't miss the frescoes!
Visit small neighbouring communes on the Trento-Malè and Trento-Bassano di Grappa regional railway lines. A visit to Lago di Caldonazzo or Mezzocorona brings you even further off the beaten path.
During the winter months, take advantage of the mountains and go skiing on one of the several ski hills located around Trento. Two options, reachable by bus, are Paganella and Monte Bondone.
Sit down at a café in Piazza Duomo and enjoy a good conversation and la dolce vitae.
Trento offers a variety of restaurants of different price ranges.
Inexpensive local fare can be eaten at Osteria Piedicastello, on the other side of the river (take the bridge over the railway line next to the hostel, walk to the roundabout, cross the river, descend to the small square on the right).
For a good, inexpensive alternative with gargantuan portions, visit La Grotta, locate on Viccolo San Marco.
Restaurant Panelli, Via dietro le Mura
Pizzeria Chiste', on Via delle Orne
If you are in the mood for Tyrolian food, then a good choice is the Pizzeria Rosa d'Oro, located next to Santa Maria Maggiore.
Trento is famous for its local wines, relatively unknown outside of Italy, including the Teroldego wine. There are numerous wine bars that sell wine and small plates of cheese / ham. One good wine bar is 'La Sgeva' in Via Brennero, just north of the city center.
'Il simposio' is popular with university students.