Lying at the heart of the Dolomite Mountains, near Lake Garda, Trento offers a delightful sample of Italy's best: magnificent nature, rich cultural heritage, fantastic food and wine. Trento is also a cosmopolitan city, at the crossroads of the contrasting cultures of Italy and Northern Europe; it is the home of a prestigious university where the conference will take place.
Capital of Trentino, not far from the Dolomites and the numerous lakes that can be found nearby, Trento is a city of art that has a strong Renaissance mark, which characterises it for its colours, its buildings and make it unique in the entire Alpine arc.
Alps can be reached quickly by even the hardest-working conference attendee.
Known as the “painted city”, Trento offers many beautiful buildings within its compact historical center. Some of these were built to accommodate delegates to the Council of Trent (1545–1563). Most of the historical center has little or no traffic. Even brief walks during breaks from the conference are enjoyable. Culinary delights ranging from an cone of Italian ice cream to a multicourse meal can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors.
How to reach Trento
The nearest major airport is Verona (VRN), which has many flights to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, and London. Traveling from the Verona airport to Trento is easy, via train (about one hour) or bus.
Two main train lines reach Trento: the Brennero line (connecting to Rome to the south, and Innsbruck and northern Europe to the north) and the Valsugana line to Venice. Timetable details from Trenitalia website.
How to reach FBK - Povo
FBK’S Science and Technology Hub is located in Povo, the suburban hills to the east of Trento’s city center.
You can reach Trento on the following roads: Strada Statale dell'Abetone e del Brennero; Autostrada del Brennero - A22 motorway, phone no. (+39) 0461 980085; Superstrada della Valsugana for those coming from Venice, and Strada Statale 45 bis (Gardesana Occidentale), for those coming from Brescia.
From A22 motorway to FBK-Povo: exit the motorway at TRENTO SUD and follow the instruction at this link: How to reach us in Povo. FBK is the building inside the blue fence. You enter on foot to the right. To the left is the entrance to the parking lot.
Route 5 > This is the quickest route up the hill from the city center. The trip takes about 10 minutes. Board at the “Piazza Dante” stop in front of the train station or at the “Piazza Venezia” stop. Get off at the “Povo – Facolta di Scienze” stop just after the blue sign for “Povo”. Route times are displayed at every stop. The stop names are shown on bus stop placards. Tickets can be purchased at newsstands. Get them before boarding.
Route 13 > Getting to FBK Science and Technology Hub from the city center takes much more time on this bus, but it might be useful if you are in the southern area of the city. Get off at the “Povo – Piazza Manci” stop and walk down the hill to get to the Fondazione. Route times are displayed at every stop. The stop names are shown on stop placards. Tickets can be purchased at newsstands. Get them before boarding. Times and fares are available at the Trentino Trasporti web site.
Find one just outside the train station at the taxi stand to the right as you exit. Or call Radio Taxi at 0461 930002. The cost is 10 to 15 euros.