Trentino Journals

Hiking and History in Italy's Trentino Region

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A travel journal to Trentino by mediterranean_girl

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Quote: As a result of its unique position, wedged between Italy and Austria, Trentino is part of the larger Autonomus province of Trentino-Alto Adige, something of which the locals are fiercly proud. Firmly an Italian province since 1919 this region of Italy is famous for its beautiful natural landscapes (including the famous Dolomite mountains), its wine production and its hearty combination of Italian and Austrian dishes. If you are looking for an original holiday in Italy, far from the madding crows, I've listed some of the key activities and places I've discovered in this stunning region.

Hiking and History in Italy's Trentino Region

Overview

Trento Photo, Trentino, Italy
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Trentino, the little-known region sandwiched next to Austria, is blessed with beautiful peaks, lakes and valleys. The craggy peaks and crystal blue waters call year-round to outdoors lovers. In the winter you can ski in the romantic and inspiring jagged peaks of the Dolomites. In the summer you can take advantage of those same mountains to climb, bike and hike the hundreds of well-kept trails. In the summer the beautiful crystalline waters of Lake Garda bekon, offering a heady mix of water sports and pebble beaches. Local history is as colourful and rugged as the landscape. A strategic position since Roman times, the valleys and peaks of Trentino have been the site of many battles. Ca...Read More

Castel Besèno

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When I was a child, I used to visit family in Trento and would always look up on our journey to see the ruins of Castel Besèno looming high on its hillside perch. In the last ten years, the castle has been lovingly and meticulously restored by the province and has now become a fully comprehensible monument to medieval life. If you are to visit only one castle in all the region, make it this one. Castle Besèno occupies a strategic hill overlooking the Adige River Valley. It stretches over the entire hillside - an impressive 16,400 square metres - making it one the biggest castles in the Alps. The best way to visit is by car, as it’s a hefty walk up the hillside. Even with a car, you can only go s...Read More

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Castel Besèno

Trentino, Italy

Buonconsiglio Castle

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Attraction | "Castel del Buonconsiglio"

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A powerful symbol of Trentino’s long-ranging influence is the imposing Castel del Buonconsiglio in Trento, Trenino’s provincial capital. This large castle/museum is easily reached from the main piazza (Piazza Duomo), requiring nothing more taxing then a gentle walk. Castel del Buonconsiglio (The Castle of Good Counsel) is a gentle-looking, low-lying castle overlooking the eastern parts of Trent. The well-landscaped gardens, intricate stone work, and sturdy turrets are incredibly photogenic, but the really interesting stuff lies inside. The castle is home to 13th-century art collections, intricate minute frescos, WWI prison cells, and two small museums on Trento’s Renaissance and independence fr...Read More

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Buonconsiglio Castle
Via Bernardo Clesio, 5
Trento, Italy
0461/233770

MART Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea

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Attraction | "MART - Modern Art Museum of Trentino"

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A new contender on the art scene, MART is a stunning development well worth a committed visit. The sleepy backwater town of Roveretto (the province’s second largest town) seems an odd place to locate such an architectural and artistic powerhouse. I still can’t fathom why the powers that be placed such an artistic jewel here, but luckily, Roveretto is easily reached by bus, train, and road. Designed and built in 2002 by the famous Italian architect Mario Botta (who is presently redesigning the world famous La Scala opera house in Milan), MART is tucked out of sight down a busy road in Roveretto. From Piazza Rosmini (located straight up the road from the bus and train stations), turn left onto Cor...Read More

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MART Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea
Corso Bettini 43
Rovereto, Italy 38068

A Beginners Guide to Hiking in Trentino

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Hiking in Trentino is incredibly varied, and mountains range from the craggy rugged peaks of the Dolomites to the more gently sloping mounts surrounding Lake Garda. Mountains and valleys characterise the wild Trentino region, and it would be doing the region a great injustice not to attempt even one simple excursion. Trentini are famous throughout Italian history for their aptitude on the mountains and their love of the peaks. Modern-day Trentini are still very much a mountain people, using the local mountains for everything from wine-making to holidaying. Most Trentini have their second home atop the neighbouring peaks, and as a result, the infrastructure (trails, roads, maps) is very well-main...Read More
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Rifugi are distinguishable features of the Trentino mountain culture. These mountain huts range from simple wooden shacks with self-catering facilities to large ski chalets. Solidly constructed, they provide cheap, hospitable dorm-style accommodation with great views and a real sense of camaraderie. Rifugi also provide great convenience to hikers and climbers by acting as basic restaurants and bars, services that are available regardless of whether a bed has been booked or not. The food is fairly basic and hearty, usually pasta or polenta (cornmeal mash) and lots of grappa (lethal Italian firewater) – exactly what you need after a strenuous climb. Some rifugi are even popula...Read More