It’s another warm and sunny day in this strange, dry winter. I drive a rented car crossing the valleys of Trentino region, in the North of Italy. My daughters travel with me and it’s a blessing spending a few days together.
We spot a lake, lightened by the rays of the midday sun, and decide to make a stop. It ’s the small and charming Toblino lake, with its ancient castle that is remembered in a traditional song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc1N6PUo4pk
We walk alongside the lake, forgetting the noise of the national road, captured by the beauty of the nature on the other side. A family of ducks is looking for fish just in front of us. With a fast and elegant mouvement they dive, one after the other. We scan the surface of the lake to see where they’ll come out after long moments into the water. Their thick, shiny feathers are brown, white and green.
We cross the street and head into the wood. We enjoy our lunch sitting alongside a tiny river. We cross a sign with a alert: Bears can be found in the wood. It’s time to go back!
That night, we decide to have dinner at the hotel. ‘Carne salada e fasioi‘ (salted meat and beans), of course, the traditional recipe of the area!
When we wake up the next morning It’s another beautiful day and we drive to Trento for a short visit. As we have little time, we take the funicular to Sardagna, a village perched just in front of Trento, for a beautiful view of the valley and the city
In the heart of the Alps, the city of Trento has a millenary history, made up of Mitteleuropean traditions straddling the Germanic and Italian worlds, the evidence of which can be seen in the beautiful historic centre.
We visit Piazza Duomo, considered among the most beautiful in Europe.
Dominating it are the splendid St. Vigilius Cathedral, the imposing Praetorian Palace that houses the Diocesan Museum, the square tower, the baroque Neptune fountain and two admirable examples of the mural art that has earned Trento the nickname “painted city’’