Have you ever heard of the Trentino region of Italy or its capital Trento? If you haven’t keep reading because it’s one of Italy’s best-kept secrets!
I have traveled throughout Italy and enjoyed all the major destinations that are picked as must-see destinations in Italy. And as more people travel, these destinations get overcrowded and touristy. The Real Italy has been lost as once epic sites are now jam-packed with tourists taking selfies.
But there are still undiscovered gems in Italy and the Trentino region is my top pick as Italy’s undiscovered country, with Trento as my favorite town.
Where is Trento Italy?
You’ll find Trento in the Trentino region of Northern Italy. Bordering Switzerland and Austria, It’s known for medieval castles and the Dolomite Mountain Range (a section of the Italian Alps known for sawtooth limestone peaks). About 3 hours east of Milan and 1 hour north of Verona you’ll find the capital city of Trento. It’s easily accessible by train and bus and within driving range from Milan.
Trento is home to Renaissance palaces and the Buonconsiglio Castle, where you’ll find some of the area’s best frescoes.
What can I do when I Visit Trento?
The weekly market held every Thursday is a lively event where you can pick up everything you need for dinner or a new outfit for a night on the town.
The fountain of Neptune was a focal point in the Piazza Duomo. Restaurants are plentiful in this area and its nice spot for lunch to people watch with a glass of wine or espresso.
If you’d like to get a little exercise there’s a very scenic walking and biking path along the Adige river.
The city of Trento also runs guided tours free of charge from their Discover Trento Tourism office at Via Torre Verde, 7 across from the public gardens. Make sure to visit their website to see what events will be going on during your visit.
What type of food will I find in Trento?
During our stay in Trento, we got to try quite a few of the local restaurants and enjoyed a nice variety of dishes. One of the restaurants we enjoyed in Trento was the Green Tower where we sampled their clams and linguine.
Another favorite was this Blueberry Pappardelle with a Duck Ragout at Ristorante Patelli.
You’ll also find a German influence in the region with its proximity to Austria. Huge pretzels and steins of beer at Forsterbräu Trento are a relaxing way to enjoy the late afternoon. And right around the corner, you’ll find Ristorante Pizzeria Chistè Trento where I found this amazing grilled seafood platter!
And of course, there are plenty of options for pizza when you visit Trento.
What would a trip to Italy be without desserts? Everyone knows about gelato and tiramisu but you’ll also find delicious local pastries like this Blueberry Strudel. They love blueberries in Trento and you’ll find them showing up in dishes around the area.
Most people have learned about the joy of Prosecco. During our time in Trento, I was introduced to the Nectar of the Gods, TrentoDOC.
My favorite variety of the spumante aka sparkling wine (please don’t compare it to Asti Spumante) was the Ferarri brand. This was the best Italian sparkling wine I’ve ever had!
But the best part about going to conferences is being able to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. We got to spend time with our friends Betti and Nazim of Casa Chiesi which was the highlight of our trip!
Click on the link to learn more about Trento and the Trentino Region and all the wonderful things you can see and do when you visit Trento.
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Hi Chef, always enjoy your Italian travel segments! I’m glad you discovered the region of Trentino Alto Adige .If you have the opportunity in future post COVID try to visit Trieste on the border of the now Slovenia / Croatia.Most Italians don’t know it now belongs to Italy! A very complex city with a long interesting history and also being the main port for the Austro Hungarian Empire in its peak.To give you an idea of it’s gastronomic heritage I only discovered pizza, ravioli etc when my family moved to Australia in 1960. These foods where in no way common in the region! Worth a look or at least a read for now!! Keep up the good work. Thanks!
Chef Dennis Littley
I can’t wait till I can start traveling again. Italy is always at the top of my list and I’ll definitely be heading back up to the Trentino region to explore more of that diverse area.
My sister is planning a trip to Italy next year, I’ll pass this information on to her. Based on your experience, I think she would enjoy Trento.
My friend was there last year and she told me it is a beautiful place, I do need to plan a trip to Italy soon to see all the magical places with my own eyes
Italy is like always at the list of many people with a travel goal. Aside from it’s romantic vibe place the food are the best to try for. I’ve never been to Italy, I hope someday I’ll get to travel there too.
I would have loved to see this! Italy was such an amazing trip when I went.
I haven’t been to Trento, but it looks amazing. I did two motorcycle tours through Italy, the Upper Italian Lakes, and Tuskcany/Umbria. The scenery was terrific, and the riding was fun, but the food, the glorious food…
I have never heard of Trento. I would love to go anywhere in Italy.
I have never been there but the place is so beautiful and those food looks really delicious. I am wishing to visit and explore that place someday!
Italy is a country that you need to visit it all. Every little corner is a piece of history, culture or a natural beauty! I will definitely visit trento one day!
Food looks delicious! Finding out how to make a delicious pasta would be my priority lol. Also I heard that wine there are great. Looking forward to visit Italy soon.
This looks like such a neat place to visit. I’ve never been to Italy, but it sounds like there is a lot to see and plenty of good food.
Everything looks so yummy. This looks like a really amazing experience. I would love to visit Trento.
The one place I want to visit is Italy. I know I would eat so much pasta and pizza.
What a cool spot! I love Italy, so I know I’d love it here. Plus the food? Yes please! Italian food is one of my faves.