La bella Italia – Italian trip part 2

Hi there,

I’m back in the blog! (sorry that it took so long, but I’ve been so busy and I couldn’t find the time needed to write). I’m ready to show you the next destination of my italian trip: Trento and its surroundings 😀

We left Verona early in the morning, took our rented car (with no wifi, not what the renting car agency promised) and headed to Trento, where we spent 2 days. Trento is located in the northern region of Trentino-Alto Adige, on the border with Austria, where it once belonged.

We arrived at the apartment in the morning (pretty well situated, about 5 minutes walking from the city centre), we left the suitcases and went out to discover the new city. It’s relatively small but so beautiful. We were hungry and could not find any supermarket open (it was sunday) so we walked and walked until we found a nice restaurant, very similar to a typical austrian “heuriger“, where we ate pizza along with a refreshing beer (it was so hot that day).

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Yum!

Once fed, we continued walking through the city. We ended up in the Piazza Duomo (the Cathedral square, plaza), where la Fontana di Nettuno is located. Is a small colorful square surrounded by old painted buildings and beautiful cafés, where to sit and enjoy the nice atmosphere. What a lovely place!

Piazza Duomo

Piazza Duomo

Cathedral and Fontana di Nettuno.

Cathedral and Fontana di Nettuno.

The friend I went to Italy with had some italian friends, one of them was from Trento, so we met her. The lovely and adorable Giulia, she was our guide for the rest of the days we spent in this city. She took us on a tour of Trento, walking through the streets and beautiful corners.. she also showed us the Castello del Buonconsiglio, the most important and largest monument in the Trentino-Alto Adige region. We didn’t enter, just saw it from the outside, since we didn’t have enough time to spend there.

Painted facades in the city centre

Painted facades in the city centre

Castello del Buonconsiglio

Castello del Buonconsiglio

After visiting the city centre she took us to see the Lago di Garda (Lake Garda), the largest lake in Italy. I don’t really know which words I should use to describe that place, it was just amazing!! So wonderful, stunning place surrounded by mountains. It looks like the sea, like a beach but with fresh water instead. We also had a walk through the beautiful town of Riva del Garda, where one can enjoy of the amazing views to the lake. It was a lovely afternoon 🙂

Lago di Garda

Lago di Garda

Riva del Garda

Riva del Garda

A swan in the lake

A swan in the lake

Here ended our first day in Trento, but we had one more day to visit the surrounding towns of the Trentino province. On the next day we took again the car, picked up our “personal guide” (who did an amazing job, by the way) and headed towards the mountains, to the Parco Naturale Paneveggio – Pale di San Martino (Natural park), that is divided into different areas. We focused our visit in a part of it called Canal San Bovo, that belongs to the Valle del Vanoi (Vanoi valley), which at the same time is divided into different villages. The way up to the mountains was a little bit unsettling, we all know how the roads that surround the mountains are, don’t we? So many curves, very narrow roads, but well, I guess we had to suffer all that in order to arrive to the top and see the marvelous and fascinating views and towns from up there. So let’s say that it was worthwhile to go through that.

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As I mentioned before, Canal San Bovo (link in italian) is divided into fractions: Canal San Bovo, Caoria, Prade, Cicona, Zortea, Gobbera and Ronco e Cainari. The first village we stopped in was Canal San Bovo, a small village, though the biggest in that region. There was an information office, where we went to get directions to go to Caoria and Zortea, but before we continued our journey up to the mountain, we stopped in a bar to have a delicious sandwich made with a typical cold meat called “soppressa“(oh my god, so tasty). Once our stomachs were full again, we carried on with the trip, being the next town visited Prade, a very cute town with an amazing view of the mountains.

Canal san Bovo

Canal san Bovo

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landscape in Canal san Bovo

Views from Prade

Views from Prade

Prade

Prade

We had a walk around it and we continued with the next one, Zortea, an even smaller village with the name of my friend’s surname (that was the main reason why we visited it). I also want to have another town or city or whatever with my surname!. It was actually so exciting to be there after listening to many stories about this place. We didn’t stay for so long, because as I said, it’s a very small village, it counts about 160 inhabitants. And the last town, very close to Zortea, was Caoria. It’s a little bit bigger than this last one, as all the others was surrounded by mountains, and contains a museum of the world war I that it was closed at the moment we were there, so we could not visit it.

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Zortea

Zortea

Caoria

Caoria

Cannon of the WWI

Cannon of the WWI

New church of Caoria

New church of Caoria

But this was not the end of the day. We travelled back to Trento and we had the last meal with Giulia, she took us to a typical trentino gastronomy’s restaurant. I had a dish called “Canederli”, which are bread balls served with butter, tomato sauce and sage. And as a dessert, “Strudel di mele” (apple strudel).

Canederli

Canederli

Apple strudel

Apple strudel

That was, definitely, a great day. A day to remember.

I absolutely recommend all of you to visit this part of Italy, don’t stay just in the “important”, “famous” cities that, yes, they can be charming but are always full of people and traffic. Go to the surrounding areas, to the small towns. You will find peace, wonderful food, lovely people  and amazing views.

And that’s all for today. I hope you enjoy this adventure and discover places that you might visit soon. And once again, thank you for reading!! 🙂

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One thought on “La bella Italia – Italian trip part 2

  1. La verdad es que desde que estoy en Francia me cuesta hasta leer en inglés, voy a tener que hacer un serio pensamiento y ponerme a estudiar. En cualquier caso, lo que he entendido y las fotos son preciosas, Italia es un país muy bonito y con mucho encanto ^^ Yo estuve en verano y ya pienso en repetir. Y los italianos… qué decir de los italianos… jajaja tú ya me entiendes!! un besote!

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