Never lose sight of Rovereto
- 2 days
- March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
- Art and Culture
Art, history, science and good taste in the City of Peace
If you travel by train, the tree-lined avenue Corso Rosmini will welcome you on your arrival. After leaving your luggage in your chosen accommodation a short walk from the station, take a stroll through the old town centre with its Venetian-style square, roads and campielli. Browse through the craft shops and treat yourself to a coffee with a view over the charming Piazza delle Erbe, before heading for Corso Bettini, the elegant road leading to the Mart (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rovereto). Once you reach the covered square, take a few pictures of the dome designed by Mario Botta, before deciding which exhibition to start your visit with. When you come out, whet your appetite with a glass of TrentoDOC spumante. Where? In one of the cosy bars in the old town centre: Enoteca Stappomatto, Osteria del Pettirosso, or Caffè Demin in via Dante.
For lunch choose between the elegant, trendy Tema restaurant, a few minutes from Mart and the friendly family atmosphere of the pizzeria run by Enrica, overlooking the River Leno. A short walk after dinner to digest takes you past the Casa dei Turchi, Rovereto's architectonic curiosity. You will now be ready to retrace the events of history in the rooms of the fourteenth-century castle that belonged to the Castelbarco family. The old fortress today houses the Italian Historic War Museum which has been collecting weapons and uniforms, photographs and paintings and documents and relics relating to the First World War for over 90 years. Do not miss the view of the town from the panoramic terrace!
It's almost time for dinner, remember that in Trentino people eat early! Depending on the season, choose between the sampling menu of the Ristorante al Trivio, the buckwheat canederli of the Ristorante alla Roza or the trolley of boiled meats and apple Strudel, the specialities of Novecento. Before going to bed, take a look at the programme of international festivals, which bring the City of Peace to life between April and October (concessionary tickets for TrentoRovereto card holders!) If however it ‘s a lovely summer's evening, take a walk up to the bell known as the Campana dei Caduti (a bus service is also available- line 7). Your effort will be rewarded by being able to listen to the one hundred heart-rending tolls of the largest sounding bell in the world ringing out into the distance. Be punctual however: the bell rings every evening when the clock strikes 9:30 from mid June to mid September.
After breakfast, head to Borgo Santa Caterina, to explore the many different faces of science. The Civic Museum in Rovereto, one of the oldest in Italy, will amaze you with its archaeology, art, botany, zoology and coin collections, earth sciences and astronomy. Visit the Planetarium in the museum gardens and explore the mysteries of the night sky.
If you are looking for a tasty souvenir of your travels, let the original offerings of Walter Tomio, the driving force behind the Exquisita wine and chocolate bar, delight you. His pralines dedicated to Mart and those created as an homage to Mozart are memorable, as is his colomba flavoured with Moscato Rosa wine. If you prefer something savoury, you won't be able to resist the temptation of homemade fresh pasta from the shop in Via Rialto. Do you have a few hours to spare before returning home? Then don't miss the opportunity to visit the Casa d'Arte Futurista Depero, the only example of a museum founded by a Futurist, with displays of paintings, inlaid cloth, furniture, furnishings in "buxus", toys and applied art products.