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This delightful and somewhat overlooked alpine town should be on your radar all year round for a perfect weekend getaway, says Valentina Nicastro


It may not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re planning a weekend gateway to Italy, but Trento has all the ingredients for the perfect Italian break. Just an hour-and-a-half drive from much-loved ski destinations like Madonna di Campiglio, this compact alpine town in the northeastern region of Trentino is big on history, nature and gastronomy, and makes for a relaxing weekend escape all year around. Each season has its own draws and charms in Trento, from rosy-cheeked walks through the picturesque Christmas markets to scenic spring views of the blossoming Adige valley surrounding the town. What’s more, when you stay two nights or more in officially recognised accommodation, you get a special Trentino Card that grants free access to regional public transport and all the major sights and attractions for the duration of your stay, meaning that the only money you’ll spend here will likely be for food, drinks and souvenirs.

Trento is a cosy little town still quite untouched by mass tourism and with a unique cultural identity, essentially Italian but heavy influenced by neighbouring Austria. Its past as a member of the Austro-Hungarian Empire has left traces on local architecture and gastronomy, so much so that at times you’ll find yourself wondering if you are really in Italy. Trento has also played its part in the wider history of Europe, being the town that hosted the famous Ecumenical Council called by the Catholic Church in response to the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century.

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About Italia!

Welcome to this first issue of 2020! We send you our best wishes for a productive and peaceful time in the year ahead. Here we are looking forward to travelling deeper into Italy, discovering new places and seeing the familiar in a new light.