Capital of the province, Trento offers tourists a journey through time to discover its beauties
A border town situated along the river Adige, where Italian culture mixes with the grandeur of the Hapsburg past, Trento is the provincial capital. Despite being a small city, Trento offers visitors an incredible variety of monuments, museums and points of interest.
It’s very easy to get to from the summit of Monte Bondone. The city and its wonders are only about 30 minutes away by car. But where to start? How should you go about exploring this special, unique city?
Our advice is to take it easy and start with a walk in the historic centre. Here you can admire its picturesque towers, ancient buildings and palazzi full of history. There are the striking frescoed facades facing onto Piazza del Duomo, the town walls of Piazza Fiera and the ancient Pieve di Piedicastello.
The large cathedral dominates the whole space because of its size and invites tourists to examine the city’s tradition of faith in the ancient Bishop’s Palace. Trento was, after all, the site of the great Council of Trent, signs of which can still be seen in the Cathedral and in the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. The best way to learn more about the relationship between the city and the Catholic Church is to explore the rooms of the splendid Diocesan Museum.
At this point you can exit the historic centre and let yourself be drawn within the walls of the Castello del Buonconsiglio. A marvel of other times which, with its gardens and overlapping of styles from various eras, offers an evocative and unforgettable spectacle. With the extraordinary paintings on the Loggia del Romanino, the fourteenth century international gothic masterpiece of the cycle of the months, and the frequent temporary exhibitions, it is an open-air museum.
More up-to-date is the famous MUSE, the museum of natural sciences, which is located in the futuristic Albere neighbourhood designed by Renzo Piano. Interactive and innovative, it offers a memorable experience for adults but especially for the little ones.