It may have won the accolade of enjoying the best quality of life in Italy, but in our reader survey only one in 50 our readers were interested in buying there. So is it time to rethink our attitude to north-east Italy and consider a property in Trento?
Trento is surrounded by stunning scenery, including alpine woods, rivers, valleys and lakes. When you have a beautiful natural environment you are onto a winner from the start. The only way a town can compete with natures beauty is to make its buildings equally attractive.
In Trento they have achieved this with such style. The façades of the historical buildings in the centre are decorated with marvellous Renaissance frescoes. The scene in Piazza Duomo is one of mountains, towers, castellated palaces, a fountain and elegant renaissance buildings.
Trento is one of the nation’s wealthiest and most prosperous cites with most of its wealth coming from farming, wine, and high-tech industries. It actively encourages businesses to invest in the area and benefits from fast connections with the main capitals of Europe. It has a high employment rate and good wage levels. However, it is also an expensive place to live and to buy property. Many holiday home buyers opt for a chalet near the ski slopes.
Trento has a reputation for looking after its citizens. Despite being a busy working town, it is considered very safe, and popular with retirees. In the summer of 2021, a ranking drawn up by newspaper Il Sole 24Ore praised Trento as the most livable province in Italy for over 65s.
Trento was rated the most livable province in Italy for over 65s
According to the survey it was the province with the highest expenditure for home care. It also boasted a high investment in the transport of disabled and elderly people and an efficient library service.
Trento for leisure
The province of Trento also offers a lot of free time activities, an efficient healthcare system and excellent education system. It is a popular university town and attracts many tourists throughout the year. Visitors are well looked after with many interesting attractions including art, history, and culture, seen in its castles, museums, and churches. Among the highlights are the Science museum and Buonconsiglio castle.
No matter what season you visit the Trentino website has you covered, with hiking trails and ski slopes. For information about the town of Trento see the “Discover Trento website” If you visit Trento over the Christmas period, be sure to visit the Christmas market.
Proprty in Trento
It’s not the cheapest part of Italy, but a budget as little as €100,000 offers the chance of getting a two-bedroom apartment or house to renovate. Three-bedroom houses start at around €500,000.
Getting to Trento
The nearest airport is at Verona. A flight with a low cost airline in December can cost as little as £40 return from London Stansted. Then it will take about an hour by car, bus or taxi to Trento. The train takes about 1hr 40 mins wih two changes. Train prices are from €14.25 each way.