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Trento is the capital of the province of Trentino, in the region of Trentino-Alto Adige and has about 100,000 inhabitants. This city is located in the Adige Valley, which is a wide glacial valley. The main rivers in the province are the Fersina, the Avisio and the Adige River. This region is widely known for its mountains, but also for its lakes, the most important and popular of which are the Lago di Garda, the Lago di Caldonazzo, the Lago di Levico and the Lago di Toblino. The city of Trento is surrounded by mountains. In Rovereto, another town in the Trentino region, there is a very important museum of modern art. Trentino-Alto Adige is an autonomous province in the north of Italy and includes 223 comuni, the municipalities.
The most important sites of the city are the Cathedral of Saint Vigilio, the Piazza Duomo, the church Santa Maria Maggiore and the Buonconsiglio Castle.
In the region, Bolzano Airport (BZO) near Bolzano offers flights with Air Alps to/from Rome and Olbia. It is about 50 kilometres from Trento.
Verona Airport (VRN) has several dozens of airlines serving a growing number of European destinations, including London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Malta, Berlin, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv. Several charter airlines have flights to quite a few Mediterranean beach holiday destinations. It is also about 50 kilometres away.
The Trentino-Alto Adige region is well known for its good red and white wines, although the Trentino sparkling wine is also worth a try. In Trentino you should drink Teroldego and Marzemino red wine or Muller thurgau white wine. In the north of the region, Alto Adige Lagrein dunkel is a good red wine.
|Hotel Dolomiti Vattaro||Via Vicenza 15 Vattaro||HOTEL||88|
|New International Youth Hostel Giovane Europa||Via torre Vanga 9||Hostel||76|
|Villa Bertagnolli||Strada delle Novaline 42 Mattarello||Hotel||80|
|Garnì San Giorgio della Scala||Via Brescia 133||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Everest||Corso Alpini 14||Hotel||-|
|L'ostello di Castelfondo||Località Sentieri, 12||Hostel||-|
Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.
Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.
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