The capital of Trentino is a fascinating and easy to appreciate city. The immaculate streets depart from the suggestive and intimate Piazza del Duomo, the citizens stroll among Renaissance fountains and a dozen historical eras blend perfectly between stone castles, shady arcades and medieval frescoes.
Even if we are in the middle of Italy, the city carries all signs of continued Austrian influence: Apple strudel is omnipresent and breweries abound.
It is located in a large glacial valley guarded by the peaks of the Brenta Dolomites, surrounded by colorful landscapes with vineyards and orchards, in an area crossed by 400 km of asphalted cycle paths. Trento is a perfect starting point for excursions on foot, by bicycle, for days of skiing or wine tasting. However, it is really important to know how to choose the right period to visit it, based on what you are looking for from your holiday.
If you are planning your visit to the city and want to gather as much information as possible, here it is when to go to Trento: climate, best time and tips month by month.
- Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
- When to go to Trento: the cheapest period
- Trento in Spring
- Trento in the Summer
- Trento in Autumn
- Trento in Winter
- User questions and comments
Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
- Best time: any period is good to visit Trento. Winter is the most popular season for winter sports and Christmas markets. But also summer and spring offer wonderful excursions into nature.
- Period to avoid: no one in particular.
Trentino has an alpine climate which in the lower areas becomes sub-continental. Summers are therefore hot and less sultry than on the plain, but rather rainy; in reverse, winters are cold, dry and with snowfall.
It is difficult to determine which is the best time to visit Trento, as it offers the best of itself throughout the year, even if the best season ever is spring. From April to June, in fact, the landscape changes and renews itself offering a spectacular scenery made up of many colors and the average temperatures are mild and pleasant. However, the Christmas period is equally impressive, famous for the Christmas markets that attract tourists every year.
When to go to Trento: the cheapest period
In winter, especially close to the Christmas and New Year holidays, prices are skyrocketing: hotels on the snow, winter sports facilities and spas are in peak season. Even in summer Trento and the region are crowded with tourists, attracted by the mild but not sultry climate and by the possibility of enjoying the mountains during the summer.
I periods slightly less frequented and therefore cheaper are spring and autumn, which equally offer endless possibilities for entertainment thanks to museums, cultural and gastronomic activities, the spectacle of nature.
Trento in Spring
Spring is one fantastic season to plan a visit to Trento. The city is perfect for walking and the historic center is rich in art and architecture, as well as numerous museums and attractions.
Facing the visit of the city on foot and with relaxation is also the best method to enjoy the spectacle of nature: the surrounding mountains, in fact, frame the city and offer a mix of natural and artistic beauty almost unique. The Piazza del Duomo of San Virgilio is the ideal starting point for the city tour, do not miss the Buonconsiglio Castle which was the residence of the bishops of Trento from the th to the end of the th century.
Trento in the Summer
In addition to the pleasantly mild climate and the spectacle of the mountains in the summer, with its vivid and bright colors, a visit to Trento in the hottest season means above all taking part in the Vigiliane Festivals. Trento celebrates its patron San Vigilio with a week of parades, historical re-enactments and typical local gastronomy. The event takes place in June, the streets of the center are transformed into an ancient medieval village, where you can rediscover ancient crafts and taste traditional specialties, all seasoned with games, music, shows and historical re-enactments. The week of celebration always ends on June 26 with the traditional fireworks.
In the following months you can take advantage of the temperate climate to face the many mountain paths, to be covered on foot or by bike, near the capital, suitable for families but also for the more adventurous.
Trento in Autumn
Autumn is another fantastic season for a visit to Trento, especially for the wonderful phenomenon of foliage, or the change in color of the leaves among the splendid mountains that surround the capital. The scenario lends itself very well to those who love sharing their photos on social media, the shots of the Trentino foliage are in fact extremely "instagrammable"!
In September they go on stage the authentic taste and flavors of tradition, those to be found in the dishes proposed by the Order of the Trentino Confraternities but also in the street food of the Mountain Butchers Association: stofiss, tonco del pontesel, polenta de potatoes and then again sguazet, Pantrentino and much more, all to taste and enjoy among the streets of the center.
Trento in Winter
Even if the winter in Trento can be intimidating for the cold temperatures, with suitable clothing you can face the cold season and enjoy the beauties of the city. Unmissable, in winter, is the Christmas market, which is spread over the two historic squares of the city, Piazza Fiera and Piazza Cesare Battisti. It is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Italy, certainly the largest in Trentino, thanks to the many initiatives aimed at the most varied public. In the typical houses it is possible to find local handicraft products, food and wine, articles and gift ideas for all tastes.
It is a fantastic season for winter sports fans, from skiing to snowboarding, thanks to the well-organized lifts not far from the city.
How to dress: what to pack
- In winter: winter in Trento can be harsh, with suitable clothing it can be tackled. Warm clothes, thermal underwear, woolen sweaters and socks, heavy sweatshirts are recommended, without forgetting winter coats, scarf, hat and gloves.
- In summer: summer is hot but not muggy and evenings are cool. During the day, light clothing is fine, with a t-shirt and shorts; for the evening don't forget a sweatshirt or a light jacket.
- In autumn and spring: Layered clothing is recommended, as the climate and temperatures can be variable.
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