Trento – a city shaped by two cultures
Trento, or how German speaking people call it: Trient, is the capital of north Italian’s region Trentino-South Tyrol. After spending some days in the prosecco valley, we decided to pay a visit to this fascinating town. Trento is a typical mixture of 2 cultures: the ancient Italian culture, reflected by the renaissance and baroque style and the cultural impact of Austria, reflected by the down-to-earthness of middle Europe. The town itself seems very modern and open to the world. It’s a little bit comparable with Milano. The landscape is wonderful and the quality of life excellent.
The romantic village is located underneath of the Castello del Buonconsiglio, which was the emperor’s residence in the 18th century.
We booked via Secret escapes for the first time. We were a little skeptical at the beginning but in the end, everything went very smoothly. The NH Trento was a very good deal.
The hotel is almost new and is located next to the MUSE (Museo delle Scienze). Underground parking is 7€ per day. The staff is friendly and courteous. A little bit weird was the fact that we were once asked again if its ok for us to sleep in a Queen size bed. Duuhh.. it was ok… The secret escape deal included 1 night and 2 Trento cards. The room was huge and very clean. The village was within 15 min walking distance. The location of the hotel is perfect and we were very satisfied with our booked package. The only shortcoming: check in was only at 15:00 and we were not able to check in at 13:00.
We walked around the beautiful village of Trento. Thursday is usually the day of the local market, so we were lucky enough not to miss it. Several dealers were touting their products, some of the products were actually quite interesting. We used this opportunity to shop a little bit before jumping into a very exciting adventure.
The local cableway called Funivia is connecting Trento and Sardagna, and it takes about 2 minutes to cross it. The view was breathtaking but seriously, if you are afraid of heights, please don’t do it, since its very very high and shaky. The cableway is considered as public transport and was included in our Trento card, without a card its 4€.
Food & drinks
There are a lot of really great restaurants and bars in Trento. We actually wanted to go to another place but in the end, we ended up having food at Ristorante Antica Trattoria Due Mori in der Via S. Marco. The food and the wine tasted delicious. Prices were little bit higher than expected but they served us tiramisu as a desert, something we have been craving for!
Cozy cafés are located around Piazza del Duomo. Some of the places offer live music in the evening. Our favorite place was Scarigno del Duomo, although they served beer in a wine glass instead of a beer glass but apparently, this is very common in this part of Italy.
Nada… Unfortunately no scene at all. We have been searching for a lesbian bar but without success. The locals in Trento are friendly and seem to accept gay people but although Trento is not a typical traditional Italian city, there is absolutely no scene. We have to say though that we’ve felt very accepted and safe.