The city of Trento, nestled amongst the Alps, is a point of reference for all mountain lovers. Its exceedingly strategic location is perfect to reach the Monte Bondone, also known as the ‘Alp of Trento’, quickly, or to travel a few kilometres further to the skiing trails of Paganella and Panarotta, the Lavarone Plateau and Folgaria ski area.
Trento is not a ski resort itself, however, it is a critical hub for skiers and snowboarders flocking to the area.
The Monte Bondone is definitely the most comfortable and most famous of ski areas around Trento: 20km of trails available regardless of weather conditions thanks to a fully planned snowmaking system. It is an ideal resort for families thanks to the availability of nursery slopes for beginners although it is also perfect for amateur skiers and experts thanks to the technical tracks it also offers. Among the most thrilling descents lies the ‘Gran Pista’, a location that boasts a vertical drop of 800m. In 2014, it was hailed by CNN as one of the best in the world.
It is a haven for snowboarders, who can test themselves in a tried and tested Snowpark, which is also in operation at night and that attracts food lowers from all over Europe.
The capital of Trentino Alto Adige is also renowned for its origins and its history: founded in Roman times, it experienced its heyday in the 1500s when it became the seat of the Council of the Counter-Reformation. Also from a cultural perspective, Trento offers a wide touristic scene that features the Buonconsiglio Castle, the Palace of Albere, the Piedicastello galleries and some interesting museums including the Diocesan, the Science Museum and the Alpine Troops.
The best time to visit the city is surely Christmastime when the city centre plays host to one of Europe’s most beautiful and highly appreciated Christmas markets.