Open Source Free Software GIS - GRASS users conference 2002

Trento, Italy, 11-13 September 2002

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GeneralInformation about Trento

Traveling Information

Maps of Italy

Turistic Information: Trentino and Italy



The sessions of the Open source GIS - GRASS users conference 2002  will be held in the Law Faculty (Facolta' di Giurisprudenza) of the University of Trento. The address is ViaVerdi 53, Trento, Italy
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General Information about Trento

Trento (100.000 inhabitants), the capital of the Region of Trentino and Alto Adige (Südtirol) and of the Province of Trento. Trento is situated 190 mnto is situated 190 m. above the sea level on the flat ground of the Adige river Valley on the Verona-Brennero-Innsbruck-Munich motorway and railway.

The town is surrounded by beautiful mountains (the southern part of the Alps and the Dolomites) and lakes (in particular lake Garda, known for its mild climate); it is dominated by the nearby Mounts Bondone (2,170 m.) and Paganella (2,125 m.). The high craggy limestone buttresses and spires of the Dolomites soar above the conifer forests and plains surrounding their foothills, and at dawn and dusk their pinkish rock becomes tinted pastel pink, red, and violet, a spectacular sight. The valleys, woodland, grassland, and small lakes between the peaks are magnificent, and are the reason why the Dolomite mountains are famous throughout the world: almost vertical walls, hundreds of meters high, such as the Sella, the south side of the Marmolada (3,342 m.), high sharp peaks like the Madonna Peak in the Pale di San Martino, and the needles and towering rock of the very famous Torri del Vaiolet and the equally renowned Campanile Basso di Brenta, the Catinaccio, all examples of the variety of forms and appearance of these mountains. The best-known and best-equipped resorts include Cortina d'Ampezzo, San Martino di Castrozza, Ortisei, Selva di Val Gardena, Canazei, Moena, and at the foot of the Brenta group of mountains, Madonna di Campiglio.

Trento was a Roman town of some importance (Tridentum) and after Goth, Lombard and Carolingian rule it passed in year 1027 from Emperor Conrad the Salic to the Bishop Princes. Though established as a satellite state of the Germanic Empire, it always had a certain independence. The Council of Trento was held here from the year 1545 to year 1563 by the Catholic Church in an attempt to curb the rapid progress of Martin Luther's Reformation. The Bishop Princes rule lasted until year 1801. Monuments include the Duomo, built in 12th-13th Century and seat of the Council of Trento, and the Castello del Buon Consiglio, an imposing building dating to various periods (original nucleus 9th Century) seat of the Bishop Princes.

  • Turistic Information (by courtesy of Azienda per la Promozione Turistica del Trentino).
  • The history and development of Trento.
  • Castles of Trentino.
  • Lakes of Trentino.
  • Museums in Trento.
  • Valleys of Trentino.
  • Natural Parks in Trentino (in italian).
  • Typical Products: wine, apples, cheese, food...
  • Weather forecasts for Trentino: Provincia di Trento (bulletin in English and in Italian), Weather forecasts for the Dolomitic area (by courtesy of the Centro Sperimentale Valanghe e Difesa Idrogeologica - in Italian).

  • Traveling Information

    Plane There is no airport in Trento, so if you are planning to travel by plane, you should try to arrive either in Verona (90 km), Venice (153 km), or Milan (213 km); in order of importance, Milan, Venice, Verona. Verona is appreciably closer to Trento than Milan but there are many more flights into Milan. Overseas travelers should consider the opportunity of flying to Verona via London.

    • Milan. Two international airports: "Linate" (LIN) mainly for European flights, "La Malpensa" (MPX) overseas. Bus service to Milano Centrale railway station takes about 25 minutes from Linate and 1 hour 15 minutes from La Malpensa. From Milano Centrale railway station trains to Trento via Verona take 2 hours and a half. Some trains are direct; if not, change in Verona. We strongly recommend that, in order to avoid lines at the railway station, visitors continuing to Trento by rail purchase their tickets at the railway ticket offices in the airport upon arrival.
    • Venice (VCE). It has international flights. Bus service to railway station in Venezia-Mestre leaves every 20/60 minutes, and it takes 20 minutes. Trains from Venezia-Mestre railway station to Trento via Verona take 2 hours; alternatively, you might consider the direct, but slower, Valsugana line to Trento via Bassano.
    • Verona (VRN). There are daily flights to and from Paris, London, Frankfurt, Munich, Barcelona, Madrid, and Vienna, as well as Rome and other major Italian cities. The airbus service to Verona Porta Nuova railway station leaves every 20 minutes, and it takes 20 minutes; a taxi costs about 25,000 Italian lire. From there direct trains to Trento take 50 minutes.
    Trains. The european official train timetable changes frequently: you can check the FS official timetable search or the Deutsche Bahn Timetable (highly recommended!) for the information you need. Please note that train tickets must be stamped with the yellow machines available at the platform (binario) entrance before getting on the train. In buying your ticket you should specify the arrival station (Trento), the train you are planning to take (some InterCity trains require a supplement that is more expensive if purchased on the train) and the class: 1st (prima) or 2nd (seconda). First class is more comfortable and about 60% more expensive. An alternative possibthe class: 1st (prima) or 2nd (seconda). First class is more comfortable and about 60% more expensive. An alternative possibility is to fly to Munich International Airport and to proceed to Trento by train.

    Bus Transportation in Trento Trento has a good public transportation network with 17 bus lines. All the buses stop in front of the centrally located railway station and leave every 15-30 minutes. The service starts between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., and finishes between 7.30 p.m. and 10.30 p.m. Timetables and itineraries are listed at the bus-stops. Tickets must be purchased at a tobacconist or a newspaper shop before boarding the bus (single ticket Lit. 1,500; a booklet of ten tickets Lit. 12,000).

    For any further information please refer to Orikata or to Open source GIS - GRASS users conference 2002 secretariat.

    Maps of Italy

      Map of Northern Italy (110KB)

      Map of Italy (180KB)

    Turistic Informations: Trentino and Italy