Romantic Town #1: Trento, Dolomiti , Italy (Enchanting!)

Romantic Town

If you are planning an Italian vacation to the romantic town of Trento in the Northeast of Italy you will find that there are many interesting things to see and do.

Here’s an awesome introductory video:

Trento is amazing to see, it’s really a “romantic town”! It was once said that the city has nothing to offer to the tourist, but with all the things to see, you will enjoy a visit. Here’s one more video listing the 12 best things to do in Trento:

The Cathedral of Trento

One of the most incredible attractions to see in the cathedral square, which is at the center of the city.

The Duomo is the ancient cathedral built over eight hundred years ago and was the main seat of the Council of Trent, from 1545 to 1563.

This was probably one the most important events of Modern History

This huge church is a must-see for its beautiful architecture.

Built over the tomb of the saint, over the centuries the cathedral has undergone various modifications and reconstructions, with the addition of Gothic and Baroque elements.

Today it is a complex but harmonious building, in which the Gothic and Baroque styles give life to rich and unique interiors.

Among the wooden sculptures, paintings and decorations, on the north transept stands the Wheel of Fortune, the large rose window that illuminates the nave, while on the sides of the naves, two rampant staircases allow you to reach the bell towers.

The Palazzo Pretorio and the Civic Tower

These two ancient buildings are located in the center and overlooking Piazza Duomo, the main square point of the city: these outstanding monuments are also must-see very important historical monuments. You can easily visit them in 2 or 3 hours.

The Palazzo Pretorio and the Castelletto with the Tower, have today, thanks to a wise restoration, the Romanesque appearance of the thirteenth century: the Prince-Bishop of that time, Federico Vanga, commissioned important renovation and modernization works entrusted to non-local workers.

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The City Castle

The “Castello del Buonconsiglio” is an imposing castle very close to the center of this small romantic town.

Surrounded by high walls, slightly higher than the city, this set of buildings is a true museum center, which contains rich collections of paintings, artifacts, sculptures, and everything that tells the art and the culture of Trento from 11,000 BC at 1800 d.C.

romantic castle of TrentoWandering through the cobblestone streets is an experience that will take you back in time to live like the ancient inhabitants of this medieval castle.

Above all stands the Mastio di Castelvecchio, an imposing cylindrical tower, and the Venetian Loggia, from which you can enjoy the panorama of the city.

It is also worth visiting Torre Aquila, whose interior walls are entirely frescoed with the Ciclo dei Mesi: the work dates back to the end of the fourteenth century and offers a very detailed insight into the changing seasons, the professions, and the daily life of nobles and peasants in Trentino in the 1300s and 1400s.

The Winter Markets of This Romantic Town

Trento is well known in Italy for its characteristic winter markets that usually begin at the end of November and end on 6 January, the “Befana Day” (the Hag Day). This typical market makes this place a stunning romantic town!

winter market

The Fersina River Gorge (L’Orrido di Ponte Alto) – A Unique Waterfall

romantic town - Trento - the Fersina gorge For a unique waterfall view, you have to visit “L’Orrido di Ponte Alto”, an impressive gorge of the Fersina river, very close to the city.

It was built over than 100 years ago when Trento was under the Austrian rule & administration.

The place is impressive, the gorge is deep, and really deserves its name: l’Orrido (The Horrid)!

If you would like to get a beautiful view of the river gorge, the “Ecomuseo Argentario” is a great place to visit.

However the most important river of this romantic town is the Adige, the second Italian river with a length of 410 km.

You can admire it in the following romantic picture taken from the San Lorenzo bridge in spring.

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