Trento is a bit of an upmarket town in the North East 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. At Easter the fields around Trento are in bloom with apple blossoms.
The town centre is more or less an 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 childern 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.
A22 / E45 highway connects Trento to Verona to the South, Innsbruck and Bolzano to the North.
SS47 highway connects Trento to Padova.
Main train line to Verona-Bologna and Brennero-Munich. Secondary train lines to Padova and Venice.
The best way to visit the city is by feet. 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 busses. The bus station is between the train station and the hostel).
Castello del Buonconsiglio (with the reknowned Torre Aquila)
Antiques, local traditional handicraft.
Wines, grappe and spirits.
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).
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 convivio' is popular with university students.
The newly renovated Youth hostel is near the train station, towards the city center. Other good hotels include America, Accademia, Grand Hotel Trento.