Excursions from Trento: the best day trips around Trento

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Martí Micolau

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Trento is a small city, which can be easily visited in 2 or 3 days, but this does not prevent you from staying even a week, on the contrary it would be an excellent idea that would allow you to discover its surroundings by taking you to a different place every day. The day trips that can be done in Trento are endless and of various kinds. In fact, they range from city tours to mountain tours, from lakes to natural parks, from relaxation to small trekking in nature.
Here are the best day trips around Trento!


  1. Bolzano
  2. Levico Lake and Caldonazzo Lake
  3. Lake Garda with ferry cruise
  4. Val di Fumo (Adamello Brenta Natural Park)
  5. Spormaggiore Wildlife Park
  6. Sanctuary of San Romedio
  7. Verona
  8. Beseno Castle
  9. Integral Reserve 3 Peaks of Monte Bondone and Alpine Botanical Garden
  10. Fort Belvedere Gschwent
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Bolzano

One hour away and well connected by trains and buses.
Awaits you a colorful and always alive city, from medieval buildings with influences of the Austro-Hungarian period, where you can discover interesting museums and castles including the unmissable archaeological Museum e Castel Roncolo. Immerse yourself in via Goethe e Piazza delle Erbe, a colorful square in the heart of the city center. Don't miss out Walther Square, where the beautiful Cathedral and the Romanesque Basilica are located.

The city lends itself perfectly to being visited in one day, either independently or with a guided tour, for example of the historic center or the wine cellars, and when you have finished with the main attractions you can enjoy a good aperitif or one of the many events proposed, such as the Christmas markets, from November to January, and musical or gastronomic festivals in the other seasons.

  • Range: 55,6 km
  • by car (about 30 minutes) via the A22 motorway; the train takes 48 min; the Flixbus takes 55 min - Get directions
  • the cathedral 10: 00-12: 00 and 14: 00-17: 00 excluding Sundays; the castle 10 am-00pm except Mondays; archaeological museum 18: 00-10: 00 closed on Mondays
  • regional train € 7,30; Flixbus starting from € 5,00; cathedral € 4,00; castel Roncolo € 8,00; archaeological museum € 9,00
  • Guided walking tour of the historic center 2 hours private guided tour Walking tour in the old town and Castel Roncolo

2 - Lake Levico and Lake Caldonazzo

Whether it's winter or summer, a lake is always very impressive!
We offer you two in one day, 5 minutes away from each other and about 30 minutes from Trento, to be visited in complete autonomy. The Levico lake and Caldonazzo lake they take their name from their respective countries and are two Trentino pearls that have obtained the Blue Flag!

We suggest you leave in the middle of the morning calmly towards Levico where the lake is a small jewel set in nature, with little space for infrastructure and a dense frame of trees and bushes, the ideal place for a quiet walk and then a stroll in the Austrian-style village for a seafood lunch.
Immediately after move to Caldonazzo where the lake is bigger and enriched with ice cream parlors, restaurants, sports rentals and the possibility of various activities such as canoeing and water skiing, therefore ideal for practicing sports and have an aperitif before returning.

Also in summer both lakes are suitable for swimming and equipped with beaches and there is no shortage of parties and events in the various clubs, while in winter it is pleasant to walk, admire the landscapes and stop for some photos.

  • Range: 30 km
  • by car (about 30 minutes) via Statale 12 and then the 47; the regional train takes 1 hour and 20 min; Trentino Trasporti buses take 45 min - Get directions
  • 4 or 5 hours may be enough to visit both lakes and their respective villages
  • free access to the lakes; train € 4,00; bus € 3,00

3 - Lake Garda with ferry cruise

The splendid Lake Garda is a renowned natural attraction located about an hour and a little more from Trento. Going to Lake Garda means visit many pretty places that even in winter do not lose their charm, for example with this mini cruise that we offer you, you start from Garda and dock in Sirmione, Limone sul Garda and Malcesine. The lake can be reached from Trento by car or train and then board the ferry that will take you around the clear waters to discover villages, castles, vineyards and breathtaking views. The tour usually takes all day, however you can simply opt for one of the amusement parks located on the lake including Gardaland and Caneva World.

  • Range: 90 km
  • by car (one hour) via the A22 motorway and the E45 road; the regional train takes 3 hours; the bus takes 2hrs 30mins - Get directions
  • departure at 8:00 / duration 10 hours
  • the tour costs € 54,00; train € 12,00; bus € 10,00
  • Lake Garda: full-day tour with ferry cruise

4 - Val di Fumo (Adamello Brenta Natural Park)

If you are in Trento and want to visit the Adamello Brenta Natural Park, know that even in this case you will have to choose a particular location as we are talking about the largest protected area in Trentino with an extension of 620 square km that embraces several countries. About that we point out the Val di Fumo, an almost unknown place e completely uncontaminated immersed in the Adamello Brenta Natural Park, located an hour and a half from Trento that you can visit independently and without a guided tour, ideal for a daily trek suitable for everyone as it does not present any difficulty. This long nature walk takes place in a picturesque setting between a green valley crossed by a stream that in some points creates small jumps and the scenery of the mountains of the Adamello group all around. At the end you reach a characteristic alpine refuge where you can refresh yourself with hot or cold drinks and a good piece of cake!

  • Range: 78 km
  • by car via Statale 237, or Trentino Trasporti bus to Tione (2 hours and 20 min, € 10,00) and then continue by taxi (1 hour and 45 min, € 50,00), losing too much time and spending lot - Get directions
  • the journey in the valley takes about 2 hours
  • free

5 - Spormaggiore Wildlife Park

Are you an animal lover? You are in the right place! What better region to observe some Alpine wildlife than Trentino? About half an hour from Trento, in Val di Non, here is another trip that will take you most of the day, ideal for all ages, from children to the elderly, and also in this case to visit independently.

The Spormaggiore Wildlife Park is a theme park set up to reintegrate and safeguard typical local animals such as brown bears, roe deer, lynxes, wild cats, eagle owls, wolves and foxes, all of which can be seen in the park but in complete safety. In fact, each of them is dedicated to its own area in which an area equal to that where it should be found in nature has been recreated, with beeches, fir trees, larch trees, bushes and waterways, so as to allow the best both hibernation and normal daily activities.

In addition to sightings, walking through the park's paths is pleasant and relaxing, surrounded by greenery, in silence and with only the sounds of nature. At the end of the visit you can have a drink or eat something in the park's refreshment point complete with souvenir shop.

  • Range: 28,6 km
  • by car (30 minutes) via the provincial road 235; the Trentino Trasporti bus to Spormaggiore with a change in Mezzocorona takes 1 hour (€ 4,00) - Get directions
  • variable according to the season, for detailed info consult the official website
  • full € 8,00 - reduced € 7,00 for groups of at least 10 people, children aged 4 to 14, seniors over 65

6 - Sanctuary of San Romedio

Also in Val di Non, half an hour from the Spormaggiore park and 45 minutes from Trento, is this sanctuary, located in the village of San Romedio, which takes a couple of hours to visit. In fact, this trip can also be done in half a day or in combination with the Spormaggiore Wildlife Park, in any case independently without a guided tour, simply by relying on public transport.

You will find yourself in the middle of nature, on a 70-meter cliff reachable via a staircase of 131 steps, in the greatest example of medieval Christian art and one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in Trentino made up of several churches and chapels. To make everything more interesting are the many legends related to this sanctuary, among which the best known is that of the bear that tore the horse of the hermit Romedio and the latter managed to teach him managing to get to Trento on his back.

  • Range: 43,5 km
  • by car (45 minutes) via Statale 43; the Trentino Trasporti bus to Tavon with a change in Dermulo takes 2 hours (€ 5,00) - Get directions
  • every day 8: 30-18: 30
  • entrance to the sanctuary € 3,00

7 - Verona

A wonderful city 50 minutes away, reachable independently by bus and train and can be visited either alone or with a guided walking tour among the treasures of the city. If you think of Verona, the love between Romeo and Juliet and the concerts in the famous Arena immediately come to mind. To top it all, medieval and baroque buildings, narrow alleys and a historic center declared a World Heritage Site. Verona will amaze you among Juliet's House, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza Bra, of course the imposing Arena but also various churches and multiple bridges along the Adige river and to discover the city and its history in the best possible way, there is certainly no shortage of tours offered. once they arrive at their destination. Finally, to end the trip in the best possible way, you cannot miss a traditional aperitif with Spritz and cicchetti.

  • Range: 90 km
  • by car (about 50 minutes) via the A22 motorway; the regional train takes 45 min (approximately € 6,00); the Flixbus 1 hour and 10 min (€ 7,00 approximately) - Get directions
  • city ​​tours start in the middle of the morning and last from 2 to 5 hours depending on the type; Juliet's House and Arena 8: 30-19: 30
  • tour starting from € 20,00; Juliet's House € 6,00; Arena € 10,00
  • Skip-the-Line Walking Tour and Arena Food Tour with Wine Tasting Group Walking Tour of the City's Treasures 3-Hour Authorized Segway PT Tour

8 - Beseno Castle

This attraction requires a visit of a few hours, on average 2 and a half to be precise! It is located in Besenello, in the Adige Valley, 20 minutes from Trento, and is the largest fortress in Trentino built on top of a hill.

Arriving, you immediately notice the imposing sixteenth-century bastions, which were added to the castle to reinforce it in anticipation of sieges with firearms, but the real magic comes upon entering and starting to visit its immense gardens and rooms. In the large courtyard there are a series of court games, while in the rooms there are weapons and armor, but also tools and work tools, as well as being enriched by beautiful frescoes. The beauty of Castel Beseno is the invitation to visitors to touch everything with your hand, thus allowing to wearing helmets and wielding swords, so as to offer a better visiting experience.
Finally, to finish in the best possible way, walk the walkway system along the walls and enjoy the suggestive panoramic view on the verdant valley. We also point out that in the summer various events and historical re-enactments are hosted.

  • Range: 36 km
  • by car (20 minutes) via Statale 12; the B301 bus takes 50 min (€ 3,00) - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday 10 am-00pm, closed on Mondays
  • € 7,00 full - € 5,00 reduced

9 - Integral Reserve 3 Peaks of Monte Bondone and Alpine Botanical Garden

This Integral Reserve is located 40 minutes from Trento, a few minutes from it, also the Alpine Botanical Garden, in the locality of Viote. Both stages can be done in a single day and in complete autonomy.

The reserve is an area of ​​233 hectares, which consists of 3 peaks of 2.100 meters each (Dos d'Abramo, Cima Cornetto and Cima Verde) and is also crossed by the Rio Val Magna river which is divided into three streams Roggia di Garniga, Roggia di Sopramonte and Roggia dei Molini. Inside the available routes are the most varied, each of which offers amazing natural landscapes in a thick vegetation of larch, silver fir, spruce and pine and with a great variety of faunal deer, roe deer, chamois, marmots, eagles and many other mountain animals. One of these routes in particular leads to the Alpine Botanical Garden, one of the oldest and largest of all the Alps, 10 hectares large and with a collection of 2.000 species of high altitude plants, some of which are at risk of extinction, divided between rocky flowerbeds, lakes, meadows, peat bogs and groves.

  • Range: 25 km
  • by car (40 minutes) via Provincial 85; the B202 bus takes 55 min (€ 3,00) - Get directions
  • reserve always open, botanical garden every day 9: 00-17: 00
  • reserve free admission; botanical garden € 3,50

10 - Fort Belvedere Gschwent

It is located in Lavarone, 40 minutes from Trento, and it is a war structure belonging to the Austrian fortification system on the Italian border whose visit will only take you a couple of hours, so this trip is also ideal for those who have half a day available.
Structure it is located on a rocky spur at an altitude of 1.177 meters, built to counter attacks and defend the surrounding territory. Today inside it is set up theexhibition of finds, objects and photographs divided into three floors and different themes that follow in chronological order the timeline that goes from the first to the second world war, telling the story of the fort and its origins, the military operations and the battles fought right there, and finally various general topics related to war. To make the visit suitable for all visitors, the information has been written in both Italian, German and English.

  • Range: 45,5 km
  • by car (40 minutes) via Statale 47; the B303 bus takes 1 hour 20 min (€ 4,00) - Get directions
  • variable according to the season, for detailed info consult the official website
  • full € 7,00 - reduced € 5,00

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