A trip into the Valley…up north to Trento

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.

The centerpiece of the park across from the train station

Taking a funicular to a small village up the valley wall

Wandering around up there…

At the overlook point

The main piazza, pleasantly relaxed and quiet

Inside the Cathedral di San Vigilio (14th century – Council of Trent location)

B+W: Same location, eerie staircase

Sunset over the Cathedral and the Fountain of Neptune

…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?

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2 thoughts on “A trip into the Valley…up north to Trento

  1. Trento….. just by the name, I could tell that I would like it! 🙂 When looking at your pictures I instantly felt a sense of calm or something compared to the previous days’ pictures. I think it must be a combination of the lack of people and the presence of mountains. Both of those are quite soothing and homey to me. What a lovely place and a lovely day! BTW- I love the color of Kellie’s jacket. She looks great in magenta! That staircase picture is awesome. You’re right– it’s a little eerie.

  2. And I had to look up “funicular” in the dictionary & just want to clarify: “railway up the side of a mountain, consisting of two counterbalanced cars at either end of a cable passing round a driving wheel at the summit”… Is that what you took? Can’t say I’ve ever been on one of those!

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