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Discover Trentino

Discover Trentino

Nestled among snow-capped mountains of northern Italy, Trentino is a province rich in culture, offering soaring bell towers and medieval castles among peaceful Alpine terrain.

Originally part of Austria, the area became a part of Italy together with South Tyrol after the Treaty of Saint-Germain was signed in 1919. Today it remains an autonomous province within the Trentino Alto-Adige region, boasting its own set of languages and a unique cuisine influenced by both its Austrian origins and Italian nationality.

WHAT TO KNOW

Home to Italy’s most spectacular mountains, the Dolomites and the Alps, Trentino offers stunning views of Alpine terrain (think: Sounds of Music scenery), three natural parks, and a widespread network of protected areas. Comprised of more than 2,300 square miles, the area stretches between the borders of Lombardia and Veneto, with the Adige River flowing through its center from north to south.

Trento, the capital city of Trentino, has a culturally rich center with beautiful architecture, monuments, and castles. It consistently ranks as one of the top cities in Italy for the quality of life, thanks to its peaceful, clean, and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. Trentino is also home to the tallest Dolomite mountain – a UNESCO world heritage site – called the Marmolada, rising more than 10,000 square feet above sea level. During the fall season, the family-owned apple orchards of Val di Non begin blossoming with fruit, where roughly more than 20% of Italy’s total apple production is made, giving it the rightful title of “Valley of Apples.”

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WHERE TO GO

From endless outdoor adventures to breathtaking architecture, Trentino offers a variety of activities to take part in.

DOLOMITES & ALPS
Trentino is a beautiful playground of mountainscapes, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dolomiti are great for mountain climbing, trekking, cycling, and mountain biking. Winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding are also extremely popular here, thanks to the snowy mountainsides.

TRENTO: THE CAPITAL CITY
In the city of Trento, outdoor adventurers can take a break to enjoy the beautiful Renaissance-style architecture of Piazza Duomo. Much of the city is dominated by its imposing castle, Castello Buonconsiglio, a mammoth fortress with built in the 13th century.

MERCATINO DI NATALE
Held annually from November through the first week of January in Piazza di Fiera, Trento's Mercatino di Natale, or Christmas market, boasts a winter wonderland of stalls, food stands, and artisanal holiday gifts.

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WHAT TO TASTE

Thanks to its spectacular mountains, pristine lakes, and lush valleys, Trentino offers a variety of microclimates that provide rich and diverse food culture.

FORMAGGIO
Made with fresh milk from cows that graze among the lush Alpine fields, local cheese and butter are among the top foods to enjoy while here. Notable formaggi include Trentingrana DOP, an aged, nutty variety part of the Grana family, as well as the Puzzone di Moena DOP, a washed-rind cheese named for its intense smell.

BURRO
Local butter is a premium specialty, with Il Botìro di Primiero di Malga butter reigning as queen. Made with only raw, unpasteurized cream from local, grass-fed cow's this unique butter can be produced only during the summertime when the cows can feed on the freshest grass and mountain flowers. The result is an intensely yellow-colored butter with a grassy aroma and creamy flavor.

SALUMI
Of course, no Italian region would be complete without a variety of salumi! Trentino cured meats include carne salada, a cured salted beef, as well as Ciuiga del Banale, an aromatic pork sausage seasoned with spices and local turnips.

PRIMI
As for primi, canederli, milk-soaked bread dumplings, are served in broth or with local butter, and cheese. Polenta-based dishes, risotto, and potatoes are also quite common, ideal for warming up in the mountain air.

LE MELE
Also known as the Valley of Apples, Trentino’s Val di Non offers the perfect microclimate for apple-growing. From mid-September to mid-October, entire families head to the orchards to hand pick perfectly ripe mele. The apple harvest is celebrated with the preparation of strudel, a sweet symbol of Trentino.

VINO
Trentino has a notable wine production and grapes are primarily harvested in the Valle dell’Adige, Val di Cembra, and Valle del Sarca. A popular white grape is the Nosiola white grape, while Teroldego Rotaliano and Marzemino are two red wines unique to the area. Other notable wines from Trentino include Müller Thurgau, Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, and Trentodoc. To pair with dessert, Grappa and the sweet Vino Santo are two locally-made drinks of choice.

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