Best Things to Do in Trentino- Italy

Val di Funes Trentino Alto Adige Italy

This article was published on Mamablip in december 2021 and written by Lele Gobbi

  1. Renon’s Cable Car
  2. The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in Merano
  3. Muse and Mart
  4. Old Ponale Road Path
  5. Lake Braies
  6. Stelvio Pass
  7. Pordoi Pass
  8. Lake Tenno
  9. Sella Ronda
  10. Brunico
Information sign and map of the Dolomiti with Trentino Alto Adige`s peaks in the background, San Candido. Italy
Information sign and map of the Dolomiti with Trentino Alto Adige`s peaks in the background, San Candido. Italy

 

What is Trentino?

Trentino is located in the North-East of Italy, in the heart of the Italian Alps, between Lake Garda and the Dolomites. 

As an autonomous province of Trentino-Alto Adige, together with Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino belongs to the macro-area of Triveneto or Tre Venezie and is one of the three territorial entities which, together with the Austrian Tyrol and Alto Adige, formed the Euregio Tirolo – Alto Adige -Trentino (1815-1918).

Succinctly, from a historical viewpoint, we could define it in the following way: an episcopal province of the Holy Roman Empire, the extreme periphery of Austria, the far north of Italy.

Where is Trentino?

Geographically, the western and eastern borders are marked almost entirely by large mountain ranges; compared to Lombardy and Alto Adige, the division represented by the Adamello-Presanella and the Ortles-Cevedale is very clear. it is more complicated to identify a ‘natural‘ border with Veneto to the east, where different mountain ranges, especially the Dolomites, have some valleys which are ‘cohabited’. 

To the south, Lake Garda and the Lessini Mountains define the provincial territory. To the north, everything is somewhat elusive as the border crosses the Adige valley without any real distinguishing features. 

Dolomite Alps, Misurina Lake
Dolomite Alps, Misurina Lake

 

What is Trentino known for?

Its strength is therefore the landscape: the majesty of the mountains, the numerous alpine lakes present throughout the area, endless forests, orchards, and vineyards. There are farmers who look after the area and protect products at risk of extinction, but also farmers who safeguard the livestock heritage, and therefore the thoroughbred cattle for alpine cheeses. 

The altitude ranges from around 70 metres above sea level at Lake Garda (the Trentino Riviera) to almost 4,000 metres above sea level at the Cevedale mountain group, with the famous Brenta and Fassa Dolomites marking the ancient glaciations of an area whose expert relationship between habitat and culture makes it a leader in hospitality. 

In short, the province boasts excellent museums (above all the Mart in Rovereto, and the Science Museum in Trento), numerous holy sites, and then wine cellars, dairies, artisan workshops, restaurants, inns, rural farms, mountain pastures and alpine refuges. There are unique towns and villages, while the capital, Trento, is a vibrant city that is a hothouse of culture and leisure. All this provides excellent opportunities for tourism in all four seasons of the year. 

This Dolomite province offers such a wide variety of stimulation, above all because the most authentic values have always been linked to the selective nature of the mountains. In these mountainous conditions, wines derived from these vineyards are symbolic of the hard work and intelligence of the labourers. Wine but also mountains: the former is linked to the latter; in the Dolomite valleys the mountains limit the vine and take the leading role.

Is Trentino worth visiting?

Because it is a multifarious land, with wide open spaces, mountains, lakes, villages, castles, rocks, meadows, sun, glaciers, gastronomy, spas (and many other natural alternatives) – all well preserved and highly valued.

Trentino is, in essence, a bastion of traditions, historical memories and with exceptional products to taste.