Duomo in Trento
Like other historic cities and towns in Italy, Trento also has a magnificent Duomo located at the heart of the town. The ancient architecture is attractive and adds a historic feel to Trento. Indeed, Trento has a rich history dating back centuries. What an enjoyable sight!
Strangolapreti is a traditional dish from the Trentino region. They are small dumplings made of spinach, eggs, bread and flour. They are usually served with sage butter and grated parmiggiano cheese. It is delicious but not really a light dish! It is a mountain dish for those that has walked for hours in the snow and fought against the cold wind! Strangolapreti can be translated by priest strangler.
What an amazing name, isn't it? Why Strangolapreti? Though I have found several different explanations, none of them did convince me and I feel that the name has the same origin than the étouffe-chrétien (choke-christian) in French. The difference is that in France étouffe-chrétien does not apply to one special dish but to any very nourishing food. In the past, in villages, parishioners had to feed their priest. He was invited for dinner by each family, one after the other. Those that were too poor to afford expensive dishes, those that supported the parish because they had to, but preferred to keep tasty dishes for themselves prepared some nourishing dish to feed the priest! Priest strangler!
Here is the recipe I have translated from an Italian site:
1 kg of dried bread
2 egg yolks,
1 liter of milk,
500 g of spinach,
70 g of flour,
nutmeg, salt, pepper.
150 g of butter,
50 g of grated cheese,
Crush the bread and soak it in the milk for at least one hour; wash the spinach, dip them in salted boiling water; drain and cool, cut and grind; add them to the bread in the milk. Add the egg yolks and mix; add salt, pepper and grated nutmeg and make a paste with the flour. If needed, add bread crumbs; form the gnocchetti and cook them in boiling salted water; as soon as they swim, remove them with a skimmer and carefully lay them down in a Pyrex dish; sprinkle with cheese and butter aromatized sage; serve immediately
Castel di Trento
Castel di Trento is located in the very center of Trento. The architecture is typical of Trentino Alto Adige region fortress architecture of the feudal era ( about AD 1300 ). The lines are bold and defiant looking. The defense posts have the distinctive concave V-shaped firing openings.
The castle is so forceful looking that it appeared to insist on having its picture taken.
Castel di Trento is original in every aspect. It was given no facelifts over the centuries, and is as well preserved as any medieval castle. It is a shame that so few tourists bother to visit Trento.
Casa Rella and Casa Cazuffi
Casa Rella and Casa Cazuffi (Rella House and Cazuffi House) stand at the corner of Piazza Duomo with Via Belenzani. They are seen here from Fontana del Nettuno. They are among the many houses painted with frescoes that allow Trento to be called "la città dipinta" (the painted city).
Palazzo Salvadori, close-ups
Around the mid-XVIIIth, above the two portals were placed the marble relives by Francesco Oradini depicting the Martyrdom and Glory of the child Simon of Trento. For centuries San Simonino was celebrated in Trento. After Vatican II council, Simon was removed from the list of the martyrs as "doubtful"