Discovering Trentino

Discovering Trentino

Trentino is an Italian province, in the north-east of Italy, close to Austria and Switzerland. Thanks to its geographical position it has always been the crossing and matching point between the Mediterranean and the Central-European cultures.

Its surface is mainly covered with mountains but its landscape varies a lot and is full with lakes and rivers. One sixth of the total surface belongs to protected areas and it is covered with forests and trees. Important natural reserves and three large natural parks have been founded: the Nature Park Adamello Brenta, the  Nature Park Paneveggio-Pale di San Martino and the Nature Park of Stelvio. Further there are some smaller protected areas (biotopes), aimed at protecting biodiversity. Every park is home to important flora and fauna, among which the protected animals such as the brown bear, the ibex and the gold eagle.

Trentino embraces the gorgeous Dolomites chain, belonging since 2009 to the Unesco Natural Heritage, because of their beauty and peculiar features and thanks to their perfect integration with the local community who always respected their tradition and nature.

Tourism is mainly marked by the mountains, with many ski-lifting facilities, numerous ski-fields and facilities for winter sport activities. Trentino offers 800 km of ski-fields, covering all levels of difficulty, covered in snow and safely accessible during the whole winter season.
The Pale di San Martino is the largest mountain group of the Dolomites. The picturesque village of San Martino di Castrozza lies at its foot. This village is in the Primiero area which is considered by many as the most beautiful area of the Dolomites. Another historical town of Primiero, rich in fascinating atmospheres, is Fiera di Primiero, which lays at the basis of the Pale di San Martino. From San Martino, over the Rolle Pass, you can reach Val di Fiemme (the largest towns being Cavalese, Predazzo and Tesero). The valley is rich in forests and well known because of its important sport centre, above all devoted to Nordic skiing, where two World Championships were held in 1991 and 2003. Going north from the Val di Fiemme, you enter into the Val di Fassa, the country of the "Ladini", with many little villages (the largest and probably best known being Moena and Canazei), surrounded by some of the most important mountain groups of the Dolomites (Marmolada, Sella, Catinaccio).

At the same time Trentino also offers leisure opportunities, above all in Madonna di Campiglio (1550 m a.s.l.) in an area between the Dolomiti di Brenta and the perennial snows of the Adamello Group and the Presanella Group.  In Campiglio, the famous 3-Tre ski field often hosts the competitions of Special slalom of the Alpine Skiing World Cup.

The Folgaria and Lavarone Plateau is scattered with many small villages, originating from ancient cimbric communities. They are important summer and winter touristic centres, close to the border with Veneto.

The western part of Trentino hosts two major ski resorts,  Folgarida and Marilleva, connected with the Passo del Tonale and Pejo village. Last but not least other important touristic attractions are the villages of Andalo, Molveno and Fai, at the foot the Paganella mountain, right in the heart of the Dolomiti di Brenta.

The Brentonico Plateau, the Brocon Pass, Panarotta 2002 and Monte Bondone also offer some ski fields.

The Dolomites are a meeting point for the mountain and outdoor-sport lovers: during the winter hundreds of kilometres of ski fields are available for skiers and alpine skiers, snowboarders and cross-country lovers. Further ice skating, ice climbing, sledging and curing are possible. The range of opportunities is wide in the summer as well: mountain trips, trekking, climbing, Nordic walking, mountain bike, canoeing, rafting, windsurfing, canyon and many more.

Trentino touches the shores of the largest Italian lake, Lake Garda: it is a splendid lake, offering enchanted villages, beaches and sailing sport opportunities for sport lovers.

The underground of Trentino is very rich as well: spa waters have become a reference point for wellness and body care. There are indeed many wellness and medical spa centres.

The rich natural heritage of this area is combined with the valuable cultural and religious heritage. There are many museums:  their content ranges from archaeological finds of ancient populations to modern art and natural treasures! Among the best known Mart – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Museum of the Traditions of the Trentino peoples, the Museum of the Buonconsiglio Castle  and the gorgeous castles to be found all over in Trentino.

The gastronomy of Trentino has been preserved and almost untouched throughout history. The cuisine is marked by simple but tasteful dishes, excellent wines and champagnes, which are exported all over.

Trento is the main city of Trentino and counts 115.000 inhabitants.

From the cultural viewpoint it offers a wide range of opportunities: you can breathe history admiring the Buonconsiglio Castle, which was home to Prince Bishops for centuries, or viewing the San Vigilio Cathedral, venue of the Trento Council in the 16th century. The Museum of Sciences and the Museum of Modern Art at Palazzo delle Albere organize many events. The Piedicastello Art Galleries and Doss Trento are particularly rich in history about the Trentino and Alpine soldiers.
There are many city events which combine tradition and culture. In April the Filmfestival is held in Trento: it is a global film festival involving all cinematography dealing with alpine activities, mountain territory and culture. At the end of June Trento hosts the Feste Vigiliane - the feasts devoted to Saint Vigilius, the protector of the city, which turn the city centre into a magnificent stage for costume parades and shows. During the winter Trento becomes the alpine capital of Christmas, thanks to one of the best known and beloved Christmas street markets. 
Important education and top level research centres, as well as the prestigious University of Trento are located in Trento. The University has always aimed at achieving high quality standards and throughout the years it has been able to create a sound basis, upon which it built a policy tailored to serve its students and territory. The University offers a wide range of high quality education opportunities, supported by high level scientific research which in some specific sectors achieved significant results and awards at international level. It ranks among the first places in the most prestigious rankings.