Favorite thing: This was the view from my hotel, Hotel Aquila D'oro, located literally across the square from the Duomo. I can say this is probably the best view in town of Trento's city center. I had this view for two weeks and it was one of the most memorable stays I've ever had. Every morning at 7am the bells of the Duomo would ring loudly, waking the whole town up. Watching from my balcony, at night people would stroll along the narrow streets until very late. This is an experience one wouldn't get anywhere else!
Fondest memory: 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!
Fondest memory: Just outside of Trento are green rolling hills and beautiful mountains. There are also a lot of farmland on these hills making a wonderful scenery. On the train near Trento you should be able to see this kind of scenery. You'll actually see more of this scenery if you take the local area buses as well as long distance buses.
Trento, due to its position on the valley floor, has access to a wide variety of scenery within an hour's drive in any direction. I know this because I've been in every direction!
You have the unsurpassed Dolomites (see my sporting section) and, more so on the western side, some glorious lakes.
Fondest memory: I stayed at Malcesine, which is an easy and pretty drive away from Trento. Apart from the waterside castle, so loved by Goethe, the main attraction is the Monte Baldo cable car. I had to use a picture off the brochure because, the day I went to see what all the fuss was about, it was impossibly fog ridden and visibility was down to about 200 metres in places. The days after, it was shut for a month for maintenance.
One of the interesting features of this cable car, apart from the 1,650 metres lift, is that the cable car slowly turns so everyone gets a chance to savour the view.
I actually stayed in a hotel just beyond the castle in this picture.
South of Trento, and north of Revereto, if you're on the main strada, you can't help but notice something on a prominent hillside. At night, under floodlights, it is positively dramatic; an inspiring sight dominating the heavens.
Fondest memory: Castel Besano was actually lived in until 1973 but, when you see the state it is in even today, it is plainly obvious that only a very small part of it must have been occupied.
(For more details and pictures, see my travelogue and Intro)
Favorite thing: Monument in the Piazza Dante, which happens to be a park, unlike other piazzas. Here there is a monument dedicated to Dante Alighieri that provides evidence of the sentiment for which Trento's irredentists, notably Battisti, died.
On Palazzo Geremia, a detail of a fresco from the 16th century in the Veronese style.
The palace itself dates from the 15th century and the paintings depict significant events in the history of the city. Here we undoubtedly see the city burghers overlooking one of the many parades, triumphal entries and diplomatic assemblies depicted on the walls.
It's opposite Palazzo Thun and is also used for government purposes today.
Wherever you look in the piazza, there's something to admire. It has variety. There's a fountain, painted walls, tower, duomo, castle, museum and room to move. Is this the best piazza in all Italy?
Fondest memory: The fountain of Neptune, sculpted by Francesco Antonio Giongo in 1767.
For Neptune himself, see my "Intro" page.
The four sculptures at the base represent the four continents of the then known world.
The building behind is one of the two-part Case Rella. On this one are painted subjects such as Virtue, Time, Fortune, Apollo, Abundance and the Triumphs of Love.
On my first trip to Trento I only saw a couple of external frescoes then went to Bolzano and wondered what all the fuss at Trento was about. This time I managed to understand what the fuss was about. I wandered three times as many streets (and ran a few as well!) but got to understand more about this proud city that doesn't get the tourist numbers it warrants.
Fondest memory: Here you can clearly see why they call it the painted city. This is a corner of the Piazza Duomo.
In the background is the Torre Civica where a Roman porta used to stand. In fact, some of it was used in this construction. It signalled the start of the via Claudia Augusta.
This shows the interior of Palazzo Thun and, no surprises to guess the name of the family who lived here for over 400 years, a very influential one in the history of Trento.
This 1454 edifice is now the town council building.
This is one of the premier castles in Italy. The varied architectural styles, not always homogenous, have combined to make an impressive fortress nonetheless.
It commenced in the early 13th century and, for over 500 years, was the seat of the Bishop Princes of Trentino.
Inside the Torre dell'Aquila has fine examples of medieval knightly paintings, commissioned by Giorgio of Liechtenstein and done by a Bohemian artist. The unbroken wall to wall pictures called "Il ciclo dei mesi" represent the months and feature a wonderful variety of individual scenes.
Then there's the Magno Palazzo, another art-filled wonder with sculptures, stucco works and frescoes.
If you still haven't had enough then you can walk the Via Bernado Clesio and along the castellated walls to the Torre Verde, a 1450's tower with and unusual spire that was built for defensive purposes before the Fiume Adige was diverted in the 19th century.
Favorite thing: Of particular interest are the frescoes which picture the twelve months of the year in Torre dell'Aquila, painted by an anonymous fourteenth-century artist in the international gothic style. For securoty measures, visits are restricted to groups of max. twenty people, escorted by museum personnel). A restored building houses the civic museum of the Risorgimento and fight for freedom (opening hours; same as Castle museum), containing mainly relics and mementoes of the irredentist movement of the first world war and of the Resistance.
Fondest memory: Trento was unique to me because it was a small Italian city, and small Italian cities have their distinctive qualities. You don't have the hustle and bustle, noise, pollution of a big city like Rome or Florence. Everything is just a few minutes of walk, which means convenience is a big plus. Feel free to stop and talk to the local people (but unlike the big cities, not many people speak English here). Overall, you feel more relaxed in a city like Trento.
Fondest memory: We stopped in a small square near Trento. I was hungry and thirsty. We sat at an outdoor cafe and had lunch. Then we walked around in the square where my husband took this picture of me with our dog, Shubi.
This city is placed in North East of Italy near VERONA.
If you have visited Verona and you are going to Austria you can spend a day in this city.
It's not big and in a day you can visit the center and the castle and have a funny evening in one of pubs full of university students.