In the heart of the Alps, in the middle of the Adige Valley, lies the lovely city of Trento. The capital of Trentino Alto Adige is a treasure trove of art, culture and traditions that will leave every tourist who visits literally in awe. We’ll walk you through what to see in Trento!
Piazza del Duomo
The visit to Trento should of course begin in Piazza del Duomo. The Basilica of San Vigilio overlooks this square. Besides being worthy of a visit for its priceless beauty, this church represents a real piece of history. This is where the Council of Trent was held (from 1545 to 1563). The church was built in honor of the city’s patron saint and is where his tomb is found. Throughout history it has undergone various modifications and reconstruction. At first sight it may appear rather awkward given both the Gothic and Baroque elements, but, despite this, on the whole, it appears to be balanced. The interior of the Duomo will leave you speechless! A large glass rose window illuminates the main nave while two staircases lead to the bell towers.
At the center of the square, we find the beautiful Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune). The original statue that was in the center of the fountain was actually moved to the courtyard of Palazzo Thun many years ago and since 1945, a bronze copy has replaced it. Below Neptune we find tritons, sea horses and other symbolic sculptures.
In addition to the fountain and the Basilica, Palazzo Pretorio and the Civic Tower are also located in this piazza.
Palazzo Pretorio was initially a prison, a court, the seat of the municipality and the seat of the bishops, but today it holds the treasure of the Cathedral and the Diocesan Tridentine Museum. The archaeological area below the building is also worth a visit.
The Civic Tower stands right next to Palazzo Pretorio. Climbing to the top will give visitors an unbelievable view of the city and surrounding mountains. The bell had the difficult task of announcing the prisoners’ fates whose sentences were given right in the square.
A stone’s throw from Piazza del Duomo, we find Palazzo Roccabruna. It was a noble residence of the 16th century and since has been completely restored. Since 2007, it has hosted the provincial wine shop of Trentino Alto Adige. For those who have chosen Trento for good wine and good food, this is a must during their visit! Palazzo Roccabruna boasts a collection of more than 60 fine labels. Among these, we also find grappas and distillates. The wine shop often organizes events such as guided tours or tastings as well as cooking classes in the ancient stables of the palace.
Castello del Buonconsiglio
The castle is located at a slightly higher elevation than the city and is surrounded by high walls. Castello del Buonconsiglio, together with Castel Beseno and Castel Stenico, constitute a museum complex boasting paintings, artifacts, sculptures and many other artistic testimonies.
If you simply prefer strolling through the streets of Trento, there are many guided tours offered or you can just venture out on your own exploring its interesting vias and alleys.
What to Eat in Trento
Trento’s cuisine has been influenced greatly by its proximity to Austria and Switzerland. The traditional cuisine is therefore robust and characterized by strong flavors and very fragrant. Cured meats are a must on the Trentino table: the most typical and well-known is salà. Even the cheeses are very famous in this area, such as the Puzzone di Moena with its strong and decisive taste, which is usually melted over polenta and eaten before dessert. Trentino is absolutely famous for its wines: Marzemino, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and Müller Thürgau are known everywhere.
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Book your room at the Agritur Pisani Agriturismo in Brez, Trentino!
From the hotel, you can visit…
|Rio Sass Canyon|
|15km away||Santa Giustina Lake|
|30km away||Thun Castle|
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