Trento is a city of 100,000 about 1 hour (by train) north of Verona. In reading about this city on websites like wikipedia and wikitravel, two things come up. 1- This city is much closer to Austria, so German influences will be more apparent. This was true in the Deutsche Bahn trains coming through the station, German beers and pretzels in store windows, and several signs which included English, Italian, and German. 2 – This city continually ranks at or near the top on several quality-of-life ratings among Italian cities. Visually, the city looked well taken-care-of (except for near the bus station). I should also mention this city is significant in Catholic (and European) history as it was the location of the “Council ofTrent” from 1545 to 1563.
Well, that 100,000 sure seemed much smaller. In fact, though it looked big (as you can see – above), it felt small and I loved this city. It is also a starting point to get to ski runs in the Dolomites and has numerous trails and outdoor possibilities nearby. If we had known how accessible they were, we might have arrived earlier in the day or even stayed the night and hiked a trail or two.
Food was much cheaper than Bologna or Verona here (wasn’t expecting that), everyone seemed relaxed, we had more excellent coffee, and it was really a pleasure to spend my day in this city. Again, I will let the pictures tell the story.
…And if you didn’t notice, this cathedral, fountain, and piazza are right in the very middle of the picture way at the top of this post. Do you see them?