Architecture, art, museums and nature make Trento a charming tourist destination. This city is also the capital of a province that bears the same name, with 120,000 inhabitants and an old and rich tradition, which forms part of Italy’s history. Trento was founded in the Roman period at the foot of the Doss Trento rocky cliffs, on which a Mausoleum dedicated to the Italian patriot Cesare Battisti was erected. Around the end of the 10th Century, the Holy Roman Emperor, Conrad II created the Episcopal Principality of Trento and the City became a major religious centre and remained such for a long time thereafter. The Council of Trent (1545-1563) was held here and initiated the Catholic “Counter-Reformation”. The Sixteenth century was Trento’s Golden Age, through the action of a few bishops who promoted the construction of new buildings and churches. In the Nineteenth century, the city was disputed between Napoleon’s troops and those of the Habsburg Empire. Only in 1919, after World War I, it was annexed to Italy.
The city centre is formed by piazza del Duomo, a square surrounded by splendid aristocratic palazzos. The central Romanesque cathedral called ‘Duomo di San Vigilio’ was erected in 1212 in this square and hosted the formal sessions of the Council of Trent. The Cathedral, the Palazzo Pretorio and the crenellated Vanga Tower of the Thirteenth century form a spectacular complex dominating the square. Another embellishing element of this square is the Eighteenth century fountain of Neptune. The Castello del Buonconsiglio is a real treat for the eyes. This castle consists of a number of buildings from different periods - it was the place of residence of the Trent bishops from the Thirteenth to the late Eighteenth century and now hosts several museums. The Renaissance palazzos are also remarkable with their frescoed façades adorning the elegant Via Belenzani. Two outstanding buildings – both dating back to the 16th century – are the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, in red marble, and Palazzo Tabarelli, whose façade has 22 sculpted profiles of famous local personalities. The 15th century Palazzo Geremia is also worth a visit with its magnificent façade decorated by frescoes depicting old episodes of the city life. Visitors will find countless museums including the Gallerie di Piedicastello, the historical War Museum, the Diocesan Museum and finally the Muse, a new science museum. This wide choice will please lovers of contemporary and modern art alike.
Partly by reason of its University campus, the Trento city life is characterised by the presence of young people and students. Cultural events, exhibitions, concerts and cocktails are the order of the day. Visitors should not miss the opportunity to taste typical wines and food specialties from the hills and valleys surrounding Trento.
History and art events are not the only leisure activities that you will find in Trento. Among other key events of worldwide interest are the International Mountain and Exploration Film Festival and the Trento Economics Festival.
To learn more about Trento and its surrounding natural landscapes, including the Dolomites, a World Heritage Site, visit http://www.discovertrento.it/
The “Registro Tumori” Team of the Trento province is pleased to welcome you to GRELL 2018 – scheduled in Trento on 16, 17 and 18 May 2018.