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, due to 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.
The city is probably best known for the Council of Trent, which gathered in Trento in the sixteenth century for many periods of several years in buildings which dominate the town centre. The purpose of the council was to respond to the doctrinal challenge that the Protestant Reformation represented to the Catholic Church, with the results being known as the Counter-Reformation.
There is one other noteworthy historical event that took place in Trento, 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. In punishment for the alleged crime, all Jewish men in Trento were killed, while women and children were expelled. The Jews put a ban on Trento in return. In the 1990s, 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.
- A22 / E45 highway connects Trento to Verona to the South, and Innsbruck via Bolzano/Bozen to the North.
- SS47 highway connects Trento to Padova.
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.
- From Verona, it is a 50-80 minute train ride, depending on which regional train. Please beware that, while the ticket distributors may offer First Class tickets, there isn’t actually any First Class section on any of the departing trains! Don’t forget to validate your regional train ticket on the platform before boarding the train.
- There are 5 daily trains to/from Munich and Innsbruck. The travel time between Trento and Munich with the direct inter-city is about 4.5-5 hours.
- Bolzano, the capital of Alto-Adige/Südtyrol is 45-50min north and is served by an average of two trains per hours.
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.
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.
Rental bike companies offer some easy biking itineraries in the Trento region.
Mira, based in Venice (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
- 1 Bike Rental. You can rent bikes by registering for €15 in advance. Then, the first hour of each ride is for free. There are some stations in the city – one of them is in front of the tourist information on Piazza Dante.