June 1st, 2018

Today we received an introduction of the surrounding areas that we are studying and learned about the historical importance of the area, mostly focusing on the Alps. Going into today, I always knew about the Alps, however I never realized just how big they were. I was incredibly fascinated by the history of the Alps in regards to location, claimed land, and people. We learned that the the Alps connect Trentino to the rest of Europe and a long time ago, Italy wanted people to live in the Alps in order to create some sort of guard from the rest of Europe and claim the land as their own. We also learned that Italy is made up of 20 regions and 119 provinces. Trentino is the most special autonomous region because the taxes remain local in order to advance the land at the local level especially in regards to recreation with use of the land. It was also interesting to learn about the surrounding areas specifically in regards to nature and wilderness. It was awesome to see that people are becoming more and more aware of the importance of land conservation and sustainable energy in order to protect wildlife and people.
All in all it was a great day and I learned a lot of new material that I didn’t already know about Italy. Hannah and I also went up to the castle on the hill and walked to see the beautiful waterfalls! I am excited to see what the rest of the trip holds!