Italy is one of those places that keeps drawing me back, and I love it because there is always another gem to explore. So where is Trento? And why should you love it? Let me explain the things that will have you booking your next flight to Italy.
Where is Trento?
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.
Things to do in Trento
Duomo di Trento
You can't visit an Italian city, town or village without visiting its most recognized 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).
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.
Castello del Buonconsiglio
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 Trentino region. 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.
Trento City Centre
Book a tour and explore the history of Trento city Centre, team up with a local guide who can take you the city and explain the cities beautiful architecture, landscape and history. Or if you prefer to do it on your own, then head out to the surrounding areas of this beautiful city and enjoy the many wonders the landscape has to offer. Head up on the cable car and get a bird's eye view of this adorable town.
The food and wine
If you are anything like me, I am there to sniff out the best food and wine in the region. 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.
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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