basilica paleocristiana san vigilio
basilica paleocristiana san vigilio

Early Christian Saint Vigilio Basilica

In the 1970s, archaeological excavations under the Cathedral of Trento revealed remains of the ancient Early Christian Saint Vigilio Basilica. Today the basilica is part of the Tridentine Diocesan Museum

The Early Christian S. Vigilio Basilica was built outside of the Roman town walls and probably dates back to the 4th century AD. The basilica was intended to be a cemetery basilica, as the Saints Sisinnio, Martirio and Alessandro were interred there. These three martyrs were murdered in 397 AD by the people of the Val di Non valley.

Some years later, also Vigilio, the bishop and patron of Trento, was interred in the basilica. Finally between the 9th and 10th century the basilica became a cathedral. Through the centuries it was rebuilt several times until finally Bishop Altemanno let finish the works. In the 13th century the today’s cathedral was built in its place.

Under the Cathedral of Trento, the wide excavation site of the S. Vigilio Basilica can be explored today. It offers a true journey through the centuries and is part of the Tridentine Diocesan Museum.

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Opening times

  • Fri 19 Apr 10:00 - 12:00 14:30 - 17:30
  • Sat 20 Apr 10:00 - 12:00 14:30 - 17:30
  • Sun 21 Apr 14:30 - 17:30
  • Mon 22 Apr 10:00 - 12:00 14:30 - 17:30
  • Tue 23 Apr closed
  • Wed 24 Apr 10:00 - 12:00 14:30 - 17:30
  • Thu 25 Apr 10:00 - 12:00 14:30 - 17:30

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General opening hours

  • Mon 10:00 - 12:00 14:30 - 17:30
  • Tue closed
  • Wed 10:00 - 12:00 14:30 - 17:30
  • Thu 10:00 - 12:00 14:30 - 17:30
  • Fri 10:00 - 12:00 14:30 - 17:30
  • Sat 10:00 - 12:00 14:30 - 17:30
  • Sun 14:30 - 17:30

Holy Week and Easter 2024: (24/03/2024 - 01/04/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

Saint Vigilius of Trent 2024: (26/06/2024) closed

All Saints' Day 2024: (01/11/2024) closed

Christmas 2024: (25/12/2024) closed

New Year’s Day: (01/01/2025) closed

Epiphany 2025: (06/01/2025) closed

Admission

• Early Christian Basilica of St. Vigil:
€ 3.00: full ticket
€ 2.00: reduced ticket (young people 15- 26 years, over 65, AreAArte Card, FAI Fondo per l'ambiente italiano, groups over 20 visitors)

• Tridentine Diocesan Museum + Early Christian Basilica of St. Vigil:
€ 7.00: full ticket
€ 5.00: reduced ticket (young people 15- 26 years, over 65, AreAArte Card, FAI Fondo per l'ambiente italiano, groups over 20 visitors)

• Tridentine Diocesan Museum + Early Christian Basilica of St. Vigil + Torre Civica:
€ 12.00: full ticket
€ 10.00: reduced ticket (young people 15- 26 years, over 65, AreAArte Card, FAI Fondo per l'ambiente italiano, groups over 20 visitors)

Free entrance: every first Sunday of the month, for children up to 14 years, persons with disabilities and carers, Trentino Guest Card

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