What to see in Trento in 3 days

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Trento is a small but very interesting city, particularly ideal for short stays. In fact, it can be visited easily in 2 or 3 days and we want to offer you an itinerary that includes the best and main attractions of the city, passing through interesting places linked to the history of medieval Trento such as the Duomo and the underground museum, and others instead that tell the alpine nature of Trentino, such as MUSE, but also panoramic points, such as Sardagna, which offers a crazy view of the city.

Here what to see in Trento in 3 days!


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  4. How much does a weekend in Trento cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Piazza Duomo, Cathedral of San Vigilio, Tridentino Diocesan Museum

The itinerary starts from Piazza Duomo, which can be reached on foot or with lines A and B up to the appropriate stop. The square is large and surprising, with the large fountain of Neptune in the center, dominated by the beautiful Duomo, the Torre Civia and the Palazzo Pretorio, surrounded by frescoed buildings such as the Cazuffi-Rella houses.

Before starting to visit the attractions of the day, you cannot miss a breakfast with a view under the arcades of the square. We recommend the Caffè Italia (coffee and croissant € 2,50). It continues with Cathedral of San Vigilio, a beautiful and immense cathedral built in 1200 in Romanesque style with intertwined columns, arches and frescoes inside (every day 9: 45-18: 00 / admission € 1,50).

Finally we visit the Diocesan Museum of Tridentine, set up in the Palazzo Pretorio right next to the Cathedral, which exhibits a vast artistic and cultural heritage from churches throughout Trentino and is also enriched by a suggestive raised passage that allows you to admire the cathedral from above (from Wed to Mon 10: 00-13: 00 and 14 pm-00pm / admission € 18).

2 - Afternoon: Piazza Cesare Battisti, Sass, Church of San Pietro e Paolo

Moving on foot to the next attraction you will find the Ca dei Gobj restaurant with typical Trentino cuisine where a full lunch costs around € 25,00 per person.

Immediately after, go to the nearby Piazza Cesare Battisti, small and surrounded by shops and bars, which houses the Sass (Sas Underground Archaeological Space), a district of the ancient Roman city Tridentum on which today's Trento was built in the Middle Ages (every day 9: 00-13: 00 and 14: 00-17: 30 / admission € 2,50). This area was only discovered in the 90s following renovations bringing to light a wonderful place in which to admire the remains of the city between mighty walls and a red stone floor.

At the end of the visit, right outside Piazza Cesare Battisti is the Church of San Pietro and Paolo built in the 800s in Gothic style with a large bell tower with a green roof and very elegant gilded interiors (every day 7: 00-18: 30 / free admission).

3 - Evening: Porticoes of Via Suffragio, Dinner

At this point it will already be early evening, so from the church walk along the colorful and lively Via San Pietro until you reach the suggestive Via del Suffragio, characteristic for its long arcades among other magnificent historic buildings and palaces with frescoed walls. Here you can take the opportunity to shop for typical products in the many shops or enjoy a suggestive aperitif.

Finally, a few steps away you will find yourself close to the Antica Trattoria Due Mori restaurant, to enjoy another typical meal but this time in a more homemade key according to the ancient traditions handed down in the family. The average cost of a dinner is € 30,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1 km / 13 min
  • Places visited: Piazza Duomo (free), Cathedral of San Vigilio (€ 1,50), Diocesan Museum of Tridentino (€ 7,00), Piazza Cesrae Battisti (free), Sass (€ 2,50), Church of San Pietro e Paolo (free ), Portici of Via Suffragio (free)
  • Breakfast at Caffè Italia (Get directions), Lunch at Ca dei Gobj (Get directions), Dinner at Antica Trattoria Due Mori (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: MART, Church of Santa Maria Maggiore

The second day begins with a visit to the MART, without first missing a tasty breakfast at the Casa del Cioccolato with excellent sweets and chocolates and a good coffee at an average cost of € 3,50.

Immediately afterwards visit the MART (Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00 / admission € 2,00), located inside the Civic Gallery of Trento, where they are exhibited modern and contemporary artwork. It is actually a museum section whose main office is in Rovereto.

At the end, walk a couple of minutes until you reach the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, a great sixteenth-century masterpiece with an exterior rich in carvings and columns, and a very high bell tower with 7 bells, while inside there is an elegant nave with arches and domes, embellished with frescoes and sculptures (every day 7: 00-18: 30 / entrance free).

When you have finished the visit, head to the "Rosmini S. Maria Maggiore" stop and take bus 17 to "Rosmini Cimitero / Muse" to get closer to the attractions in the afternoon.

2 - Afternoon: MUSE, Palazzo delle Albere

From the stop you have to walk for another 5 minutes until you reach the modern and lively Le Albere district where you will find the place that we suggest for lunch, Le Albere Cafè, for a quick and well-priced meal (dish and drink about € 10,00 , ).

When you have finished lunch you will already be very close to MUSE, the most famous museum in Trento and the most important in Trentino in terms of natural sciences (Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00 / admission € 11,00). The MUSE is a surprising glass structure divided into 5 floors, each of which is in turn divided into various sections, where the topics covered are the most varied, for example alpine flora and fauna, the origins of the Earth and pollution.

Immediately afterwards visit the Palazzo delle Albere, located right next to the MUSE, a 500th century villa-fortress with 4 towers at the corners and surrounded by a poplar garden with canals and paths (Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00 / free entry). The palace was there summer residence of the Madruzzo Prince Bishops where banquets and tournaments were held, today the interior preserves suggestive frescoes depicting landscapes, castles, the 12 months and much more.

3 - Evening: Sardagna, Dinner

From the Le Albere district you are a 10-minute walk from the Trento-Sardagna cable car (return ticket € 5,00) with which you can reach the best viewpoint in Trento located on a hill overlooking the city. Upon arrival you just have to take a few steps outside the station and you will find yourself on a terrace that offers a wide view from over 500 meters high from which you can distinguish the main attractions.
By suggesting this stop in the early evening you will be able to watch the sunset and an even more suggestive view with the spectacular colors of the sky and the lights of the city.

Also nearby is the Trento Alta bar for a characteristic aperitif with a view before returning down (the cable car closes at 22:30 pm). Once back in the city we suggest for dinner the TrattoriWalkingcastello, a 5-minute walk away, for an abundant typical dinner at an average cost of € 20,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 11,4 km / 2 h 40 min
  • Places visited: MART (€ 2,00), Church of Santa Maria Maggiore (free), MUSE (€ 11,00), Palazzo delle Albere (free), Sardagna (€ 5,00 the cable car)
  • Breakfast at Casa del Cioccolato (Get directions), Lunch at Le Albere Cafè (Get directions), Dinner at TrattoriWalkingcastello (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Buoncosiglio Castle and Torre dell'Aquila

The last day in Trento is dedicated to the imposing castle that you have certainly already noticed in the previous days, and then move to a suggestive natural attraction. The Castello del Buonconsiglio is located near the La Vie en Rose bar, a refined restaurant that offers an excellent breakfast with croissants and coffee for € 2,50.

Then start the visit of this former residence of the Prince Bishops of Trento e current site of archaeological and art exhibitions (Tue-Sun 9: 30-17: 00 / admission € 10,00). The Gothic-style construction dates back to the Middle Ages with some Renaissance features from the 600s coming from various renovations. Of the castle you can visit all the rooms, the prisons, the gardens and above all you cannot miss a tour of the Torre dell'Aquila. 22 meters high, it is divided into three floors connected by a spiral staircase and houses the Cycle of the Months, a wonderful series of frescoes which describe the economic, social and political situation of Trentino in 1300, depicting both the pastimes of the nobles and the peasants during the cultivation of the fields, all following the changing of the seasons.

2 - Afternoon: Orrido di Ponte Alto

From the castle go to the "Trento Port'Aquila" stop and take the B401 bus to "Ponte Alto". Opposite the stop and next to the next attraction is La Gnoccata, an excellent restaurant that offers fresh pasta and other Italian specialties at an average cost of € 25,00 per person.

When you are done, go to the ticket office of the Orrido di Ponte Alto (Sat and Sun 10: 00-17: 00 / admission € 5,00) and wait for the next hour to start so as to leave for the visit together with the expert guide who is automatically assigned to you. The Orrido di Ponte Alto is a large canyon carved out for thousands of years from the waters of the Fersina stream, which today flows through red sandstone walls, creating spectacular reflections and plays of light. The visit includes a path between these walls and between the hydraulic works built to avoid floods in the city, thus crossing waterfalls and bridges that offer beautiful views.

3 - Evening: Via San Vigilio, Piazza Fiera, Dinner

Return to the city with the same bus from the "Ponte Alto" stop to "Trento Port'Aquila" and stroll through the streets of the historic center heading on Via San Vigilio to reach Piazza Fiera. Via San Vigilio is a characteristic and bustling street adorned with colorful buildings and small shops, shops selling typical products, ice cream parlors and pastry shops. This street leads to Piazza Fiera, the historic market square of Trento, the one where the Christmas markets take place in winter, surrounded by the historic city walls and dominated by the tower and the Bishop's House.

Piazza Fiera is the perfect place for an aperitif in the heart of the city before stopping for dinner in the nearby Uva e Menta, a restaurant with typical Trentino dishes and also a wide choice of pizzas, craft beers and local wines. Average cost of a dinner € 18,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,4 km / 1 h 24 min
  • Places visited: Buonconsiglio Castle and Torre dell'Aquila (€ 10,00), Orrido di Ponte Alto (€ 5,00), Via San Vigilio (free), Piazza Fiera (free)
  • Breakfast at La Vie en Rose (Get directions), Lunch at La Gnoccata (Get directions), Dinner at Uva e Menta (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Trento cost

Trento is a rather expensive city but in any case with prices in line with other cities in Northern Italy. For example, a hotel room starts at € 70,00 per night in a central location, a price that drops slightly as you move away from the historic center.

A lunch or dinner varies from € 20,00 in a pizzeria to € 50,00 in a mid-level restaurant. Entertainment of various kinds such as an aperitif (at least € 6,00) or a wellness center (at least € 20,00) are more expensive than in other cities, so we recommend avoiding them if you are traveling on a low budget.

On the contrary i transportation is very cheap and convenient. And finally, museums and attractions, which have quite affordable prices. Here is a summary of how much you spend during a weekend in Trento:

  • Costs to eat: about € 60,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 44,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 37,00 per person (of which € 4,00 per day for the day ticket, € 5,00 for the cable car, € 20,00 to go to and from the airport) for the weekend
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 15,00 per person per day (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Trento: from € 376,00 per person (flights and / or transfers excluded)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Trento: every season is good for visiting the city; winter for the Christmas Markets, spring from a climatic and event point of view with average temperatures between 15 and 22 °, rare rains and sunny days - find out more
  • best way by car or train, thanks to the A22 motorway that crosses the whole of Trentino and the vast network of rail connections, while from the rest of Italy you can fly to the airports of Verona and orio al serio and then reach Trento by train in the first case and with the Flixbus buses in the second, at a cost varying between € 5,00 and 15,00
  • the historic center even if it has quite high prices, while the Le Albere, Cristo Re and Solteri districts are slightly cheaper but still very close to the center and also to the shopping area. For panoramic views and suggestive environments in nature we recommend the hilly districts of San Donà, Cognola and Martignano
  • Getting around: on foot, both in the historic center and in the neighboring districts, with the exception of the neighborhoods in the hills which are several kilometers away, reachable by bus service active all day, every day and in every corner of the city. The single ride costs € 1,50, the day ticket € 4,00 - find out more

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