Trento and Asiago, Italy

Trento is a city in the Trentino–Alto Adige region of northern Italy. I was lucky enough to have had a local friend take me around which also included visiting Lake caldonazzo and Asiago town. Catch the Christmas markets if you go in December! Top 5 recommendations:

  1. Visit Piaza Fiera where you can find the Christmas market selling local products and food stalls. You will have to try Goulash and plantain, a common dish here. Just outside Trento train station there is also a nice park (although I was told the park was created to try improve the safety of that particular area, so be careful).23915698_10157236784318849_1989658320170067178_n 

  2. Trento Cathedral, featuring a rose window and a baroque chapel, sits on Piazza Duomo and Neptune fountain right in front. And diagonal from the cathedral, behind the fountain, you can find Case Cazuffi-Rella, a Renaissance building with a frescoed facade (washed out painting on the building, bottom left image). 

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  3. Loacker cafe! Even though it’s an Austrian brand, they have a dedicated Loacker cafe in the city centre, great for breakfast.20171126_112225
  4. Lake Caldonazzo. In the Summer, a lot of people visit from Germany to chill here23844460_10157236784208849_4957956520050855077_n
  5. Asiago town centre – a minor township in the surrounding plateau region in the Province of Vicenza in the Veneto region of Northeastern Italy. It took about 1h to drive from Trento, passing by the lake along the way.23915626_10157236783463849_4248685400442187806_n23915680_10157236783518849_1867737988198450114_n23843552_10157236783603849_1755541038535597556_n

 

 

Verona, Italy

Verona is a city in northern Italy’s Veneto region, with a medieval old town built between the meandering Adige River. It’s famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” A 14th-century residence with a tiny balcony overlooking a courtyard is said be “Juliet’s House.” The town feels very romantic and grand, and is very walkable in one day. Even though it was raining, I know this is a truly beautiful town! Top 5 recommendations:

  1. Visit Juliet’s Balcony which includes the love lock wall and golden stature of Juliet. You are apparently meant to take a photo with her, and cup one boob! Secret tip: to get the best shot of the balcony, there is a free upper viewing spot in the embroidery shop on the corner which no one seems to have noticed when I was there!
  2. Stand on a bridge to take in the views24129763_10157233530103849_5324088592873257583_n23905350_10157233530188849_1957372781712107191_n
  3. Try Venchi, you can find this chocolate brand across Italy.
  4. Visit the Verona Arena, which sort of looks like the colosseum in Rome! Although this was for Opera purposes rather than bull fighting.
  5. Have a meal at Osteria al Duca. You have to lunch between 12-2 if not you’ll miss out on food! Italian’s take a break after this time and close up. Also, this restaurant gets very crowded, so plan ahead, it’s a famous local place.20171125_140229