Trento (Archaic English: Trent, German: Trient), is a bit of an upmarket town in the northeast 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 industries. At Easter the fields around Trento are in bloom with apple blossoms.

The town centre is more or less a 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 Trent, 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 plaques on via Roma. Therefore all Jewish men were killed, while women and children 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 plaque in a little alley off via Roma commemorates this occasion.

Get in

By car

By train

Trento is on the main train line between Italy and Austria/Germany. There is a regional train line to Malè and to Bassano di Grappa, with two daily trips to Venice and Padova.

Get around

The best way to visit the city is on foot or by bike. The city centre is closed off to traffic and small and pleasant to walk.

By bus

The beautiful mountains surrounding Trento can be reached easily using public transport (the blue buses). The bus station is between the train station and the hostel.

By bicycle

Rental bike companies offer some easy biking itineraries in the Trento region.

Mira, based in Venice ( offers Trentino easy biking tours with guide services on roads with sparse traffic and quiet scenery. For a small fee they will deliver bikes to B&Bs, hotels and railway stations.


Castello Buonconsiglio


Trento offers a number of activities throughout the year:



Located in the region where Italian and Austrian cultural influences intertwine, Trento has places to satisfy both the lovers of pizza and the amateurs of pork with sauerkraut. If you stop for coffee-and-cake, do not miss the local version of strudel with Melinda apples.




Trento is famous for its local wines, relatively unknown outside of Italy, including the Teroldego (red) and Nosiola (white) wine. There are numerous wine bars that sell wine and small plates of cheese or ham. One good wine bar is 'La Sgeva' in Via Brennero, just north of the city centre.

'Il simposio' is popular with university students.


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