Urbexing, short for “urban exploration,” is the act of exploring and documenting abandoned, forgotten, or hidden urban spaces, such as buildings, tunnels, and other man-made structures. This practice has gained popularity in recent years as a form of adventure and photography, as well as a means of uncovering hidden histories and stories of urban areas. Urbexing can be dangerous and illegal, as it often involves trespassing on private property and navigating hazardous environments, but many enthusiasts believe that the reward of discovering and preserving neglected urban spaces is worth the risk.
The Trentino area has lots of urbexing to be discovered. After a few weeks of intense research, I have put together the following map. Over the last year or so I have also occasionally added places I have driven by. Most of the sources though are compiled from Urbexing blogs, databases or Youtube videos. Many of the locations are not exact, but approximations. Besides this, I think there is a host of dilapidated buildings that haven’t been checked out and documented by urbexers. One only has to look around the industrial areas of Trento Nord or Roveretto to see decaying old buildings. A great resource for urbexers is the site SEDOTTIeABBANDONATI and the map they put together. The resource was put together by the College of Engineers in Trento to call attention to the large number of abandoned and unfinished structures in the area.
Probably the most interesting Urbexing destinations in the area are the former aluminum factory in Mori. The area is enormous. It includes many larger abandoned hangars as well as smaller side buildings. Towards the back right of the property is a particularly elegant building with tons of amazing graffiti inside. It’s also possible to climb onto the roof, where a Highline strung between two buildings can be seen. The history of the factory is equally interesting. It seems the business was running well and employed many people for many years. However, at some point, Italy made it illegal to generate one’s own electricity. The factory which used hydroelectricity from the Adige had to begin paying for its electric supply and because of the added cost, it went under.
Another particularly notable destination is the former Villa Rosa hospital. The place has been totally gutted so on the inside there isn’t that much to see. However, the buildings themselves are gorgeous. The view over the valley is also fantastic.
The content of this blog is not intended to promote or encourage urbexing (urban exploration). Urbexing is a potentially dangerous activity that can result in serious injury, legal consequences, and even death. The information provided in this blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only and should not be taken as a guide for how to engage in urbexing. The author of this blog does not condone or endorse urbexing and assumes no responsibility for any actions taken by readers as a result of reading this blog. It is important to understand that urbexing is illegal in many areas and should be avoided for your own safety and the safety of others.