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Trento

Gavin Lynn

Trento is a bit of a posh town. The history made it a proud town, with a number of large manors outside town, where bishops used to come for holidays. Nowadays it is one of the most expensive towns in Italy, with the wealth from farming, wine, and high-tech. At Easter the fields around Trento are filled with apple trees in blossom.

The town centre is pretty much a pedestrian area, and walking around the historic centre you can see a number of outdoor frescos on historic buildings. In former days the river Adige flowed right outside the centre where now Torre Verde is.

Apart from the council of Trento, which gathered here in the sixteenth century for many periods of several years each, and dominates the town centre, there is one other noteworthy historical event, related to Judaism. A little boy named Simione died about five hunderd years ago. The event was blamed on the Jews, with stories of pagan rituals. Fictional scenes are depicted on two plaqettes on via Roma. Therefore all Jewish men were killed, while women and children were expelled. The Jews put a ban on Trento in return. In the 1990s relations between Trento and the Jewish community improved when the Trentini stopped (officially) honouring Simione as a martyr, and the ban was lifted. A plaquette in a little alley off via Roma commemorates this occasion.

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A Trento travel guide will cover the main features of the city. The city of Trento is found in the Trentino Alto-Adige region in northern Italy. It is a very cosmopolitan city and is one of the best in Italy for a high standard of living, quality of life and job opportunities. It is also one of the wealthiest cities in Italy.

History

Much of the town’s unique history is due to its spot along the main route of communication between northern Europe and Italy. The river flowing through the center of the city was one of the main routes through the Alps. Its name originally was bestowed by the Romans who named it after the nearby three hills.

Main Sights

The Duomo is one of the main monuments in the city and dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries. You can still see the old underground crypt from the previous Roman basilica. Next to the Duomo is the Piazzo Duomo which contains the Fontana di Nettuno constructed in the mid-1700s. You can visit the existing portions of the medieval city walls at the Piazza Fiera. The Castello Del Buonconsiglio is now a museum that has a great collection of Gothic frescos that show the different months.

Modern Buildings

There are also many examples of modern architecture as the central post office and train station were constructed by Angiolo Mazzoni. In particular, the train station is a landmark and a lot of the local stone alongside modern building materials were used in its construction. Several rooms in the Grand Hotel were furnished with furniture by the futurist Depero and there is a school built by Adalberto Libera.

Trentino Wine

The wine from the area is quite famous as about 10 percent of the country's grape production comes from the area. The three main grapes are the red Marzemino and Teroldego Rotoliano and the white Nosiola. There are other international grapes grown as well. Most of the wineries near Trento are cooperatives in which many grape growers get together to produce wines. Two main cooperatives include Mezzacorona and Ca’vit.

Traditional Dishes

Polenta is the basis of much of the area's cuisine. There are large German influences so you will find many spices and food combinations that are not found in the rest of Italy. Smoked meats are very typical as the weather is quite cool. The tastiest local dish is “speck” which is boneless pork meat that is cooked with herbs, juniper, garlic, pepper and laurel, using a secret family recipe that has been passed down through the generations.

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July 04, 2007 change by lpx

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