Capital of Trentino, not far from the Dolomites and the numerous lakes that can be found near by, Trento is a city of art that has a strong Renaissance mark, which characterises it for its colors, its buildings and make it unique in the entire Alpine arc. Trento is able to surprise as it always presents itself in a new form, maintaining at the same time close links to tradition. Visitors throughout the various seasons can admire its many folded facets: “Citta’ in giardino” after the awakening of spring, its tasty products in the autumn period, kept alive by its historical reenactments during the S Vigilio festival at the end of June or illuminated by the “warm” Christmas market lights during Advent.
Home to the Council of Trent (1545 – 1563), it has always been a bridge between the Italian and Central European culture. The city offers a lot to the keen visitor from its many historical to artistic aspects: from the underground archaeological site of the Tridentum dating back to the Roman period, to the Cathedral’s palaeo christian Basilica in the basement and its beautiful square, walking amongst Renaissance palazzi, churches and the Castello del Buonconsiglio, home for many centuries to the Prince bishops of Trento.
Home for a millenium to Prince Bishops who turned the Buonconsiglio castle into one od the best known castles in the whole of Europe, Trento is a case of exemplary autonomy and self government, still to be seen today in every corner of its historical centre.
An incredibily rich museum offer covering many fields, from art to history, tradition and science, with science being protagonist at the opening of MUSE, the very modern centre designed by Renzo Piano. Unforgettable experiences can be lived in Trento’s museums!
Where to stay in Trento
There are high quality hotels, apartments, B&Bs and farm stays available, check them out and make a reservation here.
Monte Bondone, a few kilometers away from the city, is an important nature reserve of specific botanic nature that makes this mountain unique. This lead to the opening of the Botanical Alpine Garden, one of the most important in the Alps, and the “Nature reserve of the Tre Cime del Monte Bondone”. This tourist destination offers numerous possibilities for walks in the summer, whilst in the winter it turns into a paradise for lovers of skiing and winter sports.
Bondone in Winter
On the so-called “Alpe di Trento”, in one of the region’s oldest ski resorts, that witnessed the first official introduction of a lift facility in Trentino, the renowned “slittone” by Giovanni Graffer, erected in the mid-1930s, this is virtually a sort of town district uphill, a highly appreciated small but well equipped ski resort at a quite small distance from the town.
Monte Bondone rises at only 500 meters from the “Trento Centro” A22 motorway exit. One is suddenly surrounded by an enchanting mountain environment, offering majestic views over the region’s mountain ranges, from the Brenta to the Fassa Dolomites.
Snow offers at Monte Bondone
The resort of Monte Bondone welcomes skiers with 20 km slopes winding down Palon and Montesel for both novice and expert skiers, served by 5 lift facilities, and totally equipped with a high-pressure network of snow-making equipment.
Among the lifts, the Rocce Rosse 4-seat detachable chair lift, particularly stands out due to its drop of 890 m, which is among the highest in Europe.
This chair lift provides service to one of the most stunning slopes of the Alps, that is almost 4 km long.
After-ski at Monte Bondone
At Viote there are walking routes and a sleighing slope. Towards the nearby Tre Cime del Bondone and down in the hollow there are some ski mountaineering trails and hiking routes where you may want to go snowshoeing with Alpine guides. For tourists staying there, after ski time before dinner can be devoted to visiting the town of Trento, at only 25 minutes drive, boasting a choice of museums, an old town center, shopping streets and night clubs.
Accommodations for Monte Bondone
Hotel establishments, apartments, hotels and private houses on Monte Bondone are located at Candriai (1.000 m), Vaneze (1.300 m), Norge, (1.400 m) and Vason (1.600 m).
Where to stay in Monte Bondone
There are quality hotels available, check them out and make a reservation here.