10 things to see absolutely in Trento

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It is the capital of trentino alto adige and one of the richest cities in Italy. During its history it has been occupied by numerous populations, including Etruscans, Gauls and Romans.
Thanks to its ancient and long history and the passage of various empires and sovereigns, Trento has a myriad of wonderful historic structures to visit and get to know, such as the cathedral and the Buonconsiglio Castle, many museums and galleries.
Moreover, thanks to its location in the Northern Alps, it is also a very good one starting point to reach ski resorts renowned. Here are the 10 things to see in Trento.


  1. Cathedral of San Virgilio
  2. Buonconsiglio Castle
  3. Palazzo Pretorio and Civic Tower
  4. Roccabruna Palace
  5. Christmas market
  6. Via Belenzani
  7. MUSE (Trento Science Museum)
  8. Church of Santa Maria Maggiore
  9. Tridentum. SASS - Sas underground archaeological space
  10. Mausoleum of Cesare Battisti
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Cathedral of San Virgilio

Located in the heart of the historic center of Trento, the cathedral is the main religious structure of the city. Built in the th century, this majestic and ancient building is dedicated to San Virgilio, patron saint of the city, and stands right on his tomb.
It was the seat of the famous Council of Trent from 1545 to 1563, over time it has undergone various restorations and inside it was added a series of splendid Renaissance frescoes and some Gothic and Baroque elements.
In the front of the cathedral stands a huge circular rose window and a decorative arched door, on the outside you can see two large Gothic towers (one of which has an onion dome).

  • it is located in the historic city center, reachable on foot from the station (500 meters). All bus lines make stops near the Cathedral (Piazza Duomo stop, Via Antonio Rosmini stop) - Get directions
  • open every day from 6:30 to 12:00 and from 14:30 to 20:00. Tourist visits are not allowed during the celebrations
  • free

2 - Buonconsiglio Castle

This splendid complex was the home of the bishops who ruled Trento during the th century.
The castle consists of a series of buildings (with Castel Beseno and Castel Stenico) which together constitute a real museum center concerning the art and culture of the city.

It is surrounded by imposing crenellated walls and embellished with a circular tower that dominates the horizon. Despite the interventions and changes it has undergone over time, the castle retains much of the original structure and there are remains of the first construction in some decorations and in the inner courtyards, including some beautiful colored frescoes and wall paintings. From the upper courtyard, there is an extraordinary view of the valley and surrounding mountains.
The guided tour costs € 3,00 and leads visitors to discover all the secrets of the complex.

  • is located in via Bernardo Clesio, can be reached on foot from the historic center - Get directions
  • every day, except non-holiday Mondays and December 25th, from May 1st to November 1st open from 10:00 to 18:00, the rest of the year open from 9:30 to 17:00
  • full € 10,00, € 8,00 for over 65s, from 15 to 26 years € 6,00, free up to 14 years. The guided tour costs € 3,00

3 - Palazzo Pretorio and Civic Tower

Tower and palace are located in Piazza Duomo and represent two of the most impressive attractions in the whole city, with a lot to tell, and therefore need at least half a day for an in-depth visit.

The Palazzo Pretorio dates back to 1220 and over the centuries has served as a prison and court, but has also been the seat of the municipality and seat of the bishops.
Inside are the treasure of the cathedral and the Tridentine diocesan museum, with paintings representing the events relating to the Council of Trent.
The Civic Tower is located right next to the building and is equipped with a large clock, its Renga bell, on the other hand, announced the death sentences that were then carried out on the square it overlooks. Unfortunately the tower cannot be visited.

  • it is located in the historic city center, reachable on foot from the station (500 meters). All bus lines stop near the cathedral (Piazza Duomo stop, Via Antonio Rosmini stop)
  • the diocesan palace and museum every day from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00, closed on 25 December, 1 January, 6 January, Easter, 26 June, 1 November
  • full € 7,00, reduced over 65 and residents of the Province of Trento € 5,00, reduced university students and children under 26 € 2,00, free for children and teenagers up to 14 years

4 - Roccabruna Palace

It is a unmissable stop especially for wine lovers. Palazzo Roccabruna, which should not be confused with the castle of the same name, has undergone a recent restoration but is a former noble residence dating back to the sixteenth century and, since 2007, it hosts the Provincial Enoteca of Trentino.

It collects a collection of over 60 fine labels, which also include grappas and spirits dating back to the years between 1940 and 1980. The visit is recommended not only for lovers of good wine but also for lovers of good food, since the wine shop organizes weekly guided tours and tastings of typical Trentino products: meats and cheeses from the malga are specially paired with the 100 best wines of the area thanks to the help of qualified sommeliers.
Cooking courses are held at the old stables, while the main floor is reserved for exhibitions and events concerning regional food and wine.

  • 5 minutes walk from Piazza Duomo - Get directions
  • wine shop open from Thursday to Saturday from 17:00 to 22:00
  • varies according to the taste experience chosen (indicatively starting from € 5,00 / 6,00)

5 - Christmas market

Obviously open only between November, December and the beginning of January, the market is a tradition not to be missed to immerse yourself in the real Christmas atmosphere of the city. Visitors can admire and buy unique handcrafted creations, gastronomic and confectionery proposals, games, gift ideas and objects to give to others or to themselves.

The Christmas market it consists of about 70 wooden houses, the most interesting offer original decorations for the tree and the nativity scene but there is no shortage of typical Trentino products and wooden crafts.
In addition to the market, some folkloristic events are staged every day and there is an area where you can taste the flavors of the city, such as mulled wine and canederli with speck.

  • takes place in Piazza Fiera, reachable on foot from the city center or by shuttle bus from the parking lots in piazzale Ex Zuffo and piazzale Monte Baldo - Get directions
  • from 25 November to 6 January, from 10:00 to 19:30
  • free

6 - Via Belenzani

It is one of the streets of the historic center which goes from the Duomo to via Roma.
Walking along this street means admiring the refined architecture and a selection of historic buildings with beautiful colorful frescoes dating from the th and th centuries, including Thun palace, the municipal palace and the Casa Geremia. It is also full of special shops where you can buy souvenirs of the city, including the chocolate shop.

  • walk from Piazza del Duomo - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

7 - MUSE (Trento Science Museum)

MUSE, short for Trento Science Museum, is a wonderful building designed by Renzo Piano and an ideal stop for the whole family. Located on the banks of the Adige River, this museum can be reached from Piazza del Duomo on foot in about 10 minutes.

The collections kept inside it include interactive exhibits illustrating the region's natural alpine environment, along with geological information, examples of wildlife taxidermy and exhibits on natural phenomena such as avalanches. Do not miss a look at more current issues, such as sustainable development and environmental conservation.

The museum's flagships are the Maxi Ooh !, a unique sensory space dedicated to children from 0 to 5 years old, the tropical greenhouse, the largest dinosaur exhibition in the Alps and the FabLab, a digital space where own ideas.

  • just 10 minutes walk from Piazza del Duomo. To reach the museum from the historic center it is advisable to use the pedestrian underpass that connects via Madruzzo to the museum - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00
  • full € 11,00, reduced € 9,00, two parents with underage children € 22,00, a parent with underage children € 11,00

8 - Church of Santa Maria Maggiore

It is the church of the Council of Trent, in fact, the preparatory congregations took place here from April 1562 to December 1563. It was built by the bishop-prince Bernardo Clesio between 1520 and 1524, the project involved the construction of a single-nave church on the the typically Romanesque one.

The church was enriched over the centuries with works of great value: the exterior has a cathedral-like design with a large circular rose window and a triangular pediment decorated at the top. There are also some delightful stucco details on the door. On the back there is a large bell tower. Inside, there are many decorations and magnificent Baroque altars.

  • is only 500 meters from the station, can be reached from the Piazza Dante stop by bus (n ° 1-3-4-8-10-12-13 or Line A), the Rosmini Santa Maria Maggiore stop is about 100 meters from the church - Get directions
  • every day from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 14:30 to 18:00
  • free

9 - Tridentum. SASS - Sas underground archaeological space

It is an archaeological area brought to light after some excavations carried out on the occasion of the restoration and expansion of the theater. It's about the remains of the completely buried ancient Roman city of Tridentum, built and inhabited during the st century BC, in the period in which the ancient Romans conquered this part of Italy. With the expansion of the Roman Empire, Tridentum developed and became an important military and commercial center. Today it is possible to visit the excavations of the ancient city which include parts of the original walls and sections of the fantastic Roman roads. Furthermore, in the ruins of the ancient houses you can still admire the mosaics that adorned the walls, rooms with even ancient underfloor heating systems, courtyards, a perfectly preserved well and a glassmaker's workshop.

  • it is only 700 meters walk from the Trento railway station - Get directions
  • from 1 October to 31 May from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:30, from 1 June to 30 September from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00, closed on Monday (except public holidays)
  • full € 2,50, reduced € 1,50

10 - Mausoleum of Cesare Battisti

It is located on the top of the Doss Trento, or the small hill overlooking the city.

The remains of Cesare Battisti are kept right in the center of the mausoleum, with a circular shape taken from classical art. . Executed by the Austrians on 12 July 1916, Cesare Battisti is the symbol of irredentism, he was the one who fought for the Italian spirit of Trento.

  • by car or via a short walk uphill from the western exit of the "Zuffo" car park, passing under the large Vela Viaduct, taking a sidewalk that quickly leads to the beginning of the climb - Get directions
  • Monday to Friday from 8: 30 to 12: 00
  • free

Plan your stay in Trento: flights, hotels and tours

To get to Trento by plane it is necessary land at Verona Valerio Catullo Airport, which is about 104 km. The airport is connected to the Verona Porta Nuova railway station by a daily shuttle service every 20 minutes (the journey takes 15 minutes). From here you can take regional trains that take you to Trento in about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The city is very safe, orderly and organized, tourist information is numerous and precise.
Almost all the main attractions are concentrated in the historic center, not far and easily reachable on foot from the train station. In the city, moreover, there are many free and paid parking areas. From luxurious hotels in the center to small bed & breakfasts full of atmosphere, passing through typical farmhouses, Trento offers a wide variety of choices for all types of budgets

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