Rovereto is the second-largest city in Trentino, boasting 40 000 inhabitants, a robust economy, picturesque location between tall Alpine mountain ranges and heritage paying testament to its role as the fortress guarding the border between Veneto and Trentino.
The city's name stems from rovere, which means in Italian means an oak tree, prominently displayed in the city's coat of arms.
Rovereto is small enough to comfortably be traversed on foot, but public transportation options are available. For those wanting to explore Trentino further without a car, the local government prepared the Trentino Guest Card, affording free travel on buses and trains across the province, as well as free or discounted entry to many museums and attractions. The Trentino Guest Card is provided free of charge to all guests for the duration of their stay by most accomodation providers within the province.
There are 14 local bus lines within Rovereto - numbered ones from 1 to 7 plus further seven denoted by letters. A locally-developed mobile application, called OpenMove, is fairly easy to use and conveniently provides information on timetables and available connections from selected waypoints or stations, as well as allows the purchase of tickets.
Additionally, a number of "extraurban" bus routes within cross Rovereto, connecting it to other localities within Trentino and providing additional connections within Rovereto, since they can be used as local buses as well, with frequent fixed and on-demand stops.
- 1 MART (Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto), Corso Bettini 43, ☏ , toll-free: 800 397760. Tue-Sun: 10am-18pm. Friday 10am-21pm. Monday closed. A fascinating Contemporary and Modern Art Museum designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, hosting a permanent collection of 15.000 Avant-gardist works of arts, including canvases of Giorgio de Chirico, Carlo Carrà and Futurist painter native of Rovereto, Fortunato Depero.
- 2 Ruina Dantesca. An accumulation of rocks, known for being mentioned in Dante's Inferno, Canto XII. In Longfellow's translation, "Such as that ruin is which in the flank // Smote, on this side of Trent, the Adige, // Either by earthquake or by failing stay, // For from the mountain's top, from which it moved, // Unto the plain the cliff is shattered so, // Some path 'twould give to him who was above."
- 3 Castello di Rovereto (Castel Veneto). Built in the 1400s and then subsequently expanded, rebuilt and fortified, the castle has been actively guarding the passage between Veneto and Trentino, playing an active role in warfare all the way through the First World War, changing hands back and forth from Venetian, and later Italian, to Austrian. Today, it has been restored and now houses the Italian War History Museum, which stores a large collection of armaments and memorabilia, which it had been gathering since the 1920s, focusing on the First World War period.
- 1 Mercure Rovereto Nerocubo, Via per Marco 16, 38068 Rovereto (from the roundabout in front of the Mori station, walk south along the road and the bike path), ☏ , ✉ H8089@ACCOR.COM. An out-of-town location that is nonetheless convenient for motorists, but also to travellers without a car, as it is close to the Mori FS station and several bus stops. Particularly convenient if you plan on visiting the Northern Garda Lake area, as the buses in that direction stop at the nearest roundabout. A structure built with pretences to "art" and "design", it is a bit form-over-function, but apart from that it works quite well as a hotel for a short stay, with everything you would expect of a Mercure hotel. Solidly soundproofed windows provide nice views of the surrounding mountains on either side of the building. Room rates from 60€.