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I’m so excited about this new bar/restaurant just across the Amerigo Vespucci bridge in San Frediano. It’s called Bistro Santa Rosa and is located just through the gate, tucked behind Sabatini.
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It has a large outdoor area in a small garden with tables chairs and lots of tranquility. The pastries and cakes are delicious and so is the cappuccino. I haven’t been there for lunch yet, but it is already one of my “go to” places.
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We had a little extra time when we were in Trento and decided to revisit another of our favorite cities in Trentino Alto-Adige, Bolzano and Sopra Bolzano. We spent most of the day in Sopra Bolzano, which is reached by a funicular, which travels high over the mountaintops. The views are stunning.
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When you get to the top, the tiny town of Sopra Bozen is waiting. There are a few bars and cafes and a train that will take you over the ridge to some of the most breathtaking views you’ve ever seen.
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We had an incredible lunch of roast, salad, and mushroom risotto.
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Back down in Bolzano we visited the main piazza and walked the tiny streets, drank some beer and ate some pretzels.
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Bolzano is oh so German! See my prior blogs on Bolzano here!

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Castello Buonconsilgio is the most important castle in the Trentino region. This area is covered with castles and you will see them if you take the train to Trento. Erected in the 13th century this was first a fortified building connected to the city walls. It was called Castelvecchio or Old Castle.
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The Castle sits on a hill overlooking the city and today is composed of several structures connected within walls that have been built over the years. The castle was used as the seat for Bishops and Princes throughout the years until the 1800’s. The Austrians used it as a military barracks and then a jail and it decayed. In the 1920’s when Trento was returned to Italy, it became a National Museum and was restored. It is home to the Provincial Gallery of Art.
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One of my favorite things, and don’t miss this, was the tour inside the Eagle Tower. There are beautiful frescoes there representing the seasons. Medieval people are shown in these frescoes going about the activities of the day according to their “station” in life. The tour is taped and comes in a variety of languages and is fascinating. The frescoes represent some of the most noteworthy examples of International Gothic art in Europe. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed.
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There are also two magnificent loggias. One has incredible views and the other some beautiful 16th-century frescoes on the ceiling. Don’t miss it!