Sitting on the banks of the River Adige, Trento is the capital of both the Region of Trentino Alto-Adige/South Tyrol and of the autonomous Trentino Province.
As with much of the Trentino region, Trento itself has a very Austrian feel to it and wasn’t officially a part of Italy until 1919, shortly after the end of World War One.
As you walk around the city centre the Austrian influence is very noticeable in terms of the architecture, the food and language.
The indisputable centre of the city is Piazza Duomo, an historic square where many of the buildings are decorated with ornate frescoes in a variety of colours. The centrepiece of the piazza is a beautiful fountain called Fontana del Nettuno (“Fountain of Neptune”), while the main focus is the medieval Trento Cathedral which took almost 300 years to build before its completion in the 16th century. Another major landmark in Piazza Duomo is the crenellated Torre Civica clock tower while a short walk away from the centre takes you to the most famous visitor attraction in Trento, Buonconsiglio Castle. Originally built in the 13th century, the castle is in fact an amalgam of various buildings, the main one being Castelvecchio (Old Castle) which was later added to by the Renaissance period Palazzo Magno.
With its location right in the heart of the Trentino Alto-Adige/South Tyrol region, Trento is handily-positioned for a number of day-trips to a variety of places. The ski resort of Andalo is just 35 kilometres away while just a few minutes more will bring you to the lakeside town of Molveno where you can enjoy summer sunshine and swim in the crystalline waters of Lake Molveno. Heading south from Trento you’ll find further summer playgrounds in Arco and Riva del Garda, one of the most glamorous resorts on Lake Garda.
Trento’s closest airport is Verona’s Valerio Catullo Airport while the city is well served by road and rail links. The city centre is fairly small and there’s no real need to take public transport although buses are available and there’s even a cable-car that will take you up to the ski slopes and wonderful views of Monte Bondone.
|Category: Major Cities & Towns of Trentino Alto-Adige|
Administrative area: Capital of Trentino Province
Highlights: Buonconsiglio Castle, Piazza Duomo, Torre Civica
Close by: Molveno, Andalo, Arco, Riva del Garda, Rovereto
Recommended accommodation: Grand Hotel Trento
|By train: Levico Terme – 50 minutes|
By bus: Rovereto – 50 minutes
|By car: Bolzano – 49 minutes|
By air: Verona Airport (99 km), 55 mins by train, 1 hour by car