Among the Italian cities with the highest quality of life, Trento lies in the heart of the Dolomites, near lake Garda. This middle-sized, prosperous and cosmopolitan city builds upon a rich cultural heritage dating back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Deeply influenced by the long Austrian domination, the local culture represents a peculiar mixture of Italian and Central European aspects. Trento also features a lively cultural life, and its University consistently ranks among the best ones in the country. Finally, the city is tightly connected with the natural environment: its surroundings offer beautiful tracks on top of mountains, around lakes or nearby ancient castles.
The historical centre of Trento is mainly pedestrianised and is rich in beautiful buildings adorned by frescoes, some built to accommodate delegates to the Council of Trent (1545-1563). We especially recommend the following touristic attractions:
Buonconsiglio Castle. One of the largest castles in the region, it dates back to the 13th century. Its interiors are decorated with precious frescoes such as the “Cycle of the Months”, which accurately represent how life used to be in Trento during the Middle Ages.
Duomo. The Cathedral is located in the main square of the city and is dedicated to Saint Vigilius, patron of the city. Its gothic structure features large, colourful windows and a large Baldachin above the main altar that resembles the one sculpted by Bernini for St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
MuSe. The recently renewed science museum has been designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano: the main exhibition describes life on Earth through interactive installations, a spectacular tropical greenhouse and even a real glacier. It is currently one of the most visited museums in the country.
For further information about attractions in Trento, please contact the local tourist information center, or visit its main office in:
Via Manci 2 – 38100 Trento
Tel. +39 0461 216000
Fax +39 0461 216060