Trento boasts a culturally rich centre with monuments, manor-houses and castles and offers various possibilities to experience the city
Featuring some 118,000 inhabitants, Trento is the capital of the Trentino region and actually boasts a fascinating history. Founded by the Celts, fairly soon the ancient settlement was conquered by the Romans and named "Tridentum". In 1004 AD Emperor Heinrich II appointed the bishops as new rulers over the city. Despite several revolutions and uprisings, the bishops continued ruling the town until in 1796 Napoleon and its troops invaded the area. Now Trento became part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. A number of construction works characterised the following period, ranging from the construction of the Brennero motorway to the development of a modern townscape. The city's autonomy contributed a lot to the fact that Trento has become such an important administrative and economic centre as well as a renowned university city.
Several frescoes found on the palazzi in the inner city show mythologic figures and stories: from the German emperors travelling to Rome to the Council of Trento in 1545 or the diocese of the prince bishops.
The city of Trento has a lot to offer: from palazzi and castles to a peaceful atmosphere, lots of culture and not to forget its oh-so tasty culinary delicacies! Sometimes tourists seem to forget about the particularities of this town, as they prefer hiking up the surrounding mountains or are too busy when walking through the alleys. But the fascinating inner city has a lot to offer. Numerous ancient Roman remains, museums and palazzi are waiting to be discovered: the castle Castello del Buonconsiglio, the churches Santa Maria Maggiore, San Apollinare or San Lorenzo, Palazzo Pretorio and the fountain of Neptune, Piazza del Duomo and the San Vigilio cathedral, the memorial of Dante Alighieri, the Diocesan Museum or the Museum of Natural History, the planetarium and the Gianni Caproni Aeronautics Museum,...
In the last years the historic centre as well as several monuments were restored and newly valued by the municipal administration. In this way the city has been made more worthy living and of course more interesting. There is also a multitude of events taking place in Trento, including the "Autunno Trentino" (autumn in Trentino), a gastronomic event treating your palate with typical products such as sausages, cheese and much more, a rich number of fairs ("San Giuseppe" in spring, "Santa Lucia" in December), the international Trento Film Festival of mountains in late April, hilarious concerts by bands and choirs, markets and Christmas markets, plays and much more.