Nature at its best
If you love nature, you have come to the right place. In Trentino, you’ll find enchanting woods, majestic mountains, crystal-clear lakes, rolling hills and romantic vineyards.
The entire region is a true paradise for outdoor activities in every season. Lake Garda, in particular, has a unique climate: mild days during winter, warm but never unbearably hot days during the long summer. It’s really a magical place, nestled between mountains and olive groves. And its crystal-clear waters and reliable winds will give both beginners and sports pros alike an incomparable emotional experience.
Above the “Busa” (literally, “hole”), the flat lands between Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole, lies the imposing presence of Monte Stivo (2054m), from whose summit you can also enjoy a fabulous view over the Adige Valley. On its wooded slopes, one of the most enchanting places in Trentino can be found: Lake Cei. Fir trees and centenary beech trees open up and frame a body of water with incredible colors, different in every season. And among water lilies, rare blue irises and cane thickets nest wild ducks with feathers just as beautifully resplendent with colour. A bit higher up, wide meadows in spring are covered in peonies, wild tulips, anemones, Alpine buttercups, gentians and primroses. Even higher, cows and horses graze lazily on lake-view mountain pastures.
Next to Mount Stivo there’s Mount Baldo (2218m): one of its slopes overlooks Lake Garda, while the other faces the vineyards of the Adige Valley. In winter, its white-capped peaks will ensure fun for those who love snow. And the other seasons are not to be outdone: flowering meadows in spring, extraordinary view-points over Lake Garda in summer and colourful beech-woods in autumn. Already known by 1500 as Hortus Italiae, the Garden of Italy, the Baldo Park is characterized by rich biodiversity. For centuries it has been a popular destination for naturalists, chemists, pharmacists, experts in botany and geology.
The area of Folgaria and Passo Coe is another fascinating destination, particularly in winter, when the blanket of snow make the landscape almost surreal. Then there’s Millegrobbe, a magic and pristine place known as the “Canada of the Italian Alps”.
Farther north, we selected other places of excellence: Paganella, with its stunning views on the Brenta Group, the Adige Valley and Lake Garda; the Dolomites of Pampeago-Obereggen, protected by UNESCO; Tonale Pass, where to breath the wilderness of nature.
Last but not least, Trento, Rovereto, Bolzano and Merano, real Alpine pearls. And then the entire region is rich in culture and traditions: historical towns and villages, dreamy castles and magnificent palaces, WWI galleries and trenches (in particular, in the extraordinary Vallarsa), museums and art galleries, music and local festivals dedicated to food & wine – not to forget the famous Christmas markets.
Food lovers will find something to satisfy their expectations. Among the most delicious meat-based meals there are canederli (bread-balls filled with meat and served with different sauces or in broth), osèi scampadi (turkey rolls filled with cheese), carne salada (raw seasoned beef), tonco del pontesel (different kinds of meat cooked together), smacafàm (a sort of focaccia bread, made with flour, egg, milk and meat), game (capriolo in umido, deer ragù) and sguazet (an offal stew made from heart, liver and lungs). If you feel like soup, there is orzotto (barley soup with meat and vegetables), tripe soup and bro brusà (a creamy and cheesy meat broth, with pasta). Tasting freshwater fish, like trout, is also a must.
Vegetarians won’t be disappointed: strangolapreti
If that’s not enough, there are luganega, mortandela, speck and ciuiga as cold-cuts, or tosela, vezzena, grana trentino, casolet, puzzone di Moena and sprezza as cheeses. To end with something sweet, you can try one of the typical cakes like strudel, zelten, torta di fregoloti and fugaza, or pastries like frittelle di mele (apple pancakes), strauben and grostoi (fried pastries).
A glass of wine is mandatory: Gewurztraminer, Müller Thurgau, Nosiola, Vino Santo or Sylavaner if you like whites, Teroldego, Lagrein, Schiava or Marzemino if you prefer reds, or spumante if you loves bubbles (both white and rosè).