Winter is the perfect season to visit a city and to discover its culture, art and history. For the guests of our Residence and for all the other tourists on Lake Garda: you cannot miss Verona and Trento!
The nickname of Verona is “City of love” thanks to the tragedy of William Shakespeare which is set in this city. One step of your tour must be the House of Juliet! However, the international symbol of Verona is the Arena: it is a roman amphitheatre, and it was built in the I century AD; during its history, it was also used for gladiatorial combat. Nowadays it hosts many events, the most important is the Opera which takes place during summertime since 1922. Whereas in Winter inside the Arena you can find an exposition of Nativity scenes from all around the world! Another important piece of roman heritage is the Teatro Romano which dates back to the I century BC. It is located near the riverside and during Summer is one of the most important locations of the theatrical season of Verona. Another historical highlight of Verona come from the Middle Ages, and it is the fortress of Castelvecchio. Its original name was Castello di San Martino in Aquaro, and it was built between 1354 and 1356; nowadays it houses the Civic Museum. Its bridge can be crossed for free: it will feel like going back in time! Last, but not least, there are many churches in Verona that worth to be visited. The Romanesque Basilica of San Zeno was rebuilt in 1117, and inside of it you can see a famous Andrea Mantegna’s Triptych. The Cathedral is the central structure of a complex of architectural buildings which includes the Church of Santa Elena, the baptistery of San Giovanni in Fonte and a few remains of 2 paleo Christian Basilicas. The Basilica of Santa Anastasia and the Church of San Fermo are two Gothic buildings, and they treasure some Pisanello’s works of art.
The city of Trento has a peculiar historical centre, and it hosts many interesting museums. Among all, there is the MUSE, which is the Museum of Sciences. It opened in 2013, and it explores the themes of science, nature, biodiversity, innovation and technology. The Civic Gallery of Trento is part of the MART, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto. It was set up in 1989 and it is mainly focused on contemporary art of XIX and XX century. On your way back towards Lake Garda you can stop in Rovereto and visit the main centre of MART and the Hose of Depero. You cannot miss one of the limited-edition expositions at MART and the Civic Gallery! Another step in Trento is the Castello del Buonconsiglio: it is the widest and most important monumental complex of Trentino-Alto Adige. It consists of a set of buildings from different periods, and they are all within walls. Between the XIII and XVIII century this castle was an episcopal residence, and then it became a barrack. In 1924 it became the headquarter of the National Museum, and from 1973 it belongs to the city of Trento. The Castle is also the main centre of a museum system which consists of 5 castles: Castello del Buonconsiglio in Trento, Castello di Stenico in the Giudicarie Valley, Castel Beseno in the Adige Valley between Trento and Rovereto, Castel Thun in Non Valley, and Castel Caldes in Sole Valley.
"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."
Day after day the most magical season of the year is approaching. The villages on the Lake and the cities all around are decorated with rows of lights, Christmas markets fill the streets with joy and colour. Don’t miss the opportunity to walk among the stands while drinking some hot chocolate or mulled wine, and immerse yourselves in this festive and joyful atmosphere!