30+ Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Trentino, Italy

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I first laid eyes on the region of Trentino, Italy with the announcement of the location of Traverse 2020, a travel blogging conference, in collaboration with Visit Trentino.

It was to be my first travel blogging conference of all time, and oh, what a place for it to be.

Though I had never heard of Trentino before, I quickly fell in love. The second I stepped foot in the city of Trento, I could tell that it was a unique place full of all the things that make a place my personal definition of perfect.

Photos that will Inspire you to Visit Trentino

Even from the center of town, you can see the mountains…

a road in Trento, Italy with mountains in the background
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And climbing up to the highest point in the city (which appropriately houses Buonconsiglio Castle), you can see for miles around.

Colorful rooftops blend in perfectly with the mountains in the background…

mountains in the background of a town with red roofs. Trento is one place to visit in Trentino
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columns in the foreground looking out over a city of red roofs - one of the many places you can visit in Trentino
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The castle itself features intricately painted ceilings and a romantic garden…

And when you head back down into town, you’re greeted with quaint cobblestone streets, impressive churches, and decorative frescoes…

Located in the very north of Italy, Trentino has been profoundly influenced by Austria. You can hear it when the residents randomly burst into German, and taste it in the hearty and delicious food…

Risotto with local apples, which you must eat when you visit Trentino!
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Risotto with local apples
3 different types of Polenta - you can try so many when you visit Trentino!
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3 different types of Polenta
Goulash and sauerkraut, a must-eat when you visit Trentino!
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Goulash and sauerkraut

Of course, you can’t go to Italy without indulging in wine, either. In Trentino, the specialty is Trento doc: a refreshing sparkling wine second only to champagne.

And forget about Aperol when you come to Trentino. Spritzes here come in all shapes and sizes, often made with local bitters. Hugo Spritzes are also popular, made with prosecco, elderflower syrup, seltzer, and mint leaves.

a hugo spritz
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And of course, you can’t forget the coffee…

colorful old coffee drums
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Coffee containers in the Bontadi Coffee Museum

Once you head out of the city, you’ll be met by gorgeous rolling mountains, medieval castles, and plenty of adventure activities.

Just a few minutes from Trento is the Gorge of Ponte Alto, where a guided tour takes you behind a roaring waterfall.

Or why not visit the fairies at Toblino Castle, perched on the edge of a lake.

Toblino castle through trees - one of many photos that will inspire you to visit trentino
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In the stunning Valle di Ledro, even just a few hours of hiking can bring you up a mountain and to a little blue-trimmed rifugio, or mountain hut…

hiking in valle di ledro, trentino, italy
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Where you can eat a delicious home-made meal of strangolapreti (literal translation: priest-stranglers, less literally translation: cheesy bread dumplings that are the height of deliciousness) and polenta, bed down for the night in comfy bunks…

spinach bread dumplings - strangolapreti
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Delicious strangolapreti

And wake up for a soft orange sunrise accompanied by coffee the next morning.

The best way to get back down the mountain? By mountain bike, of course…

mountain biking in valle di ledro - one of many photos that will inspire you to visit trentino
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Of course, the adventure doesn’t stop there…

Clamber through a canyon and rappel down a waterfall…

addie holding her hands up in triumph in front of a waterfall
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Paraglide over the sparkling Lake Idro…

addie and her tandem paragliding pilot
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addie's feet in the air while paragliding over lake idro
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Kayak across the waters…

kakaying on lake idro - one place to visit in trentino
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and eat fish from the lake when you’re done…

delicious fish
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Valle di Ledro is also home to one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Baitoni…

And of course, there are plenty more waterfalls to chase…

pink flowers in front of a waterfall
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addie standing in front of a waterfall
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Before you top it all off with a generous helping of gelato.

delicious gelato in the main square of trento, italy - visit trentino
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Top Tips for when you visit Trentino

Now that you’re itching to visit Trentino, here are a few practical tips for planning your trip!

When to Visit Trentino

You honestly can’t go wrong when it comes to the best time to visit Trentino. I went in June, which was the perfect time for hiking and all of the other warm-weather activities that the region offers. It is the busiest season for tourism, though, so things will be a little bit more crowded and expensive than usual.

Winter in Trentino is perfect if you’re interested in winter sports, while spring and fall are great shoulder season times with generally mild weather and fewer tourists.

Where to Go in Trentino

There are SO many amazing places to go in Trentino, you could easily spend weeks exploring the region.

Trento, the capital of the region, is a medieval city surrounded by mountains, and definitely shouldn’t be skipped.

For an easy gateway to the region, try Riva del Garda, on Lake Garda.

For a plethora of adventure, head to one of the region’s many valleys. Valle di Ledro and Valle del Chiese are both excellent choices. Read my guide to Valle di Ledro here and my guide to Valle del Chiese here.

And of course, you can’t miss the Dolomites when you’re in Trentino. The Brenta Dolomites are the perfect place for hiking and wellness.

For even more recommendations about places to visit in Trentino, check out this post!

How to Get Around Trentino

Trento, Rovereto, and Riva del Garda are all easily accessed by train and bus (FlixBus runs services to them all), but other than that your best bet is generally going to be to rent a car.

If you’re super opposed to renting a car, then getting around by public transport is possible, but it will take a bit longer. Click here for a complete guide.

With the Trentino Guest Card you also get unlimited access to the Trentino Trasporti network, which includes the public transportation networks in Trento, Rovereto, Alto Garda, and Pergine, as well as several regional trains and cable cars.

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Trentino, Italy is one of the most gorgeous regions in the country. If you're ready to get off-the-beaten-path, eat delicious food, and have crazy adventures, then Trentino is the place for you. Check out some gorgeous photos that will inspire you to visit Trentino! #italy
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MY FAVORITE TRAVEL TIPS & RESOURCES

Booking Flights: The first place I turn when I’m searching for flights is actually just Google Flights - it’s great to figure out what sort of routes are available. Then, I check Skyscanner and Kiwi for deals. I also love Kiwi for its destination: anywhere feature!

Transportation: I love Omio for figuring out the cheapest way to get from one place to another, and Trainline for booking train tickets within Europe.

Accommodations: I absolutely love Booking.com for finding great hotel deals. After you stay a certain number of nights, you get Genius discounts! For hostels, Hostelworld is my go-to, and I use Airbnb occasionally as well (click here for $40 off your first booking!)

Travel Insurance: I knew that I shouldn’t travel without insurance for the longest time, but I really learned my lesson when I got an infected cut in Bali. Thank goodness I had travel insurance! I use and love World Nomads for their extremely comprehensive coverage.

Travel Insurance: I knew that I shouldn’t travel without insurance for the longest time, but I really learned my lesson when I got an infected cut in Bali. Thank goodness I had travel insurance! I use and love World Nomads for their extremely comprehensive coverage.

Tours: I always check Urban Adventures for great day tours of cities first–I’m obsessed with them! GetYourGuide and Viator are also great options. For multi-day tours, I highly recommend Intrepid.

Camera Gear: I use a Sony Alpha A6300 camera with an 18-105 mm lens and a 35 mm lens. My tripod is the MeFoto Backpacker Air and I loooooove it! I also use a DJI Mavic Air and a GoPro and which allow me to capture everything my regular camera can’t.

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