Sprawling on the east bank of the Adige River, Trento is a former Austrian city annexed by Italy in 1919. It has been nicknamed the “Silicon Valley of the Alps” due to its abundance of research centres and laboratories in the IT, engineering and science industries.
Things to do in Trento
Dating back to the 13th century is Buonconsiglio Castle, which has served as the residence of prince bishops and lords throughout its history. It houses impressive art and archaeology collections, as well as temporary exhibitions about Trento’s past. Admire the castle’s medieval frescoes and its Venetian Gothic loggia, then take time to explore the landscaped grounds.
Dominating Piazza Duomo in the heart of the city is Trento Cathedral, which is officially named in honour of Saint Vigilius, who is buried at the site. Marvel at its Romanesque portal and the 14th-century bas relief of Saint Stephen or coincide your visit with the ringing of the cathedral’s eight bells. Significant pieces of religious artwork are on display in the Tridentine Diocesan Museum, which occupies the adjacent Bishop’s Palace.
Travelling with kids? Don’t miss a visit to the MUSE - Museo delle Scienze, which was designed by the celebrated Italian architect, Renzo Piano. Through interactive exhibits, you can learn about the formation of the Dolomites and early human settlement in the region, then explore the largest dinosaur exhibition in the Alps. Highlights include the tropical plant-filled glasshouse and the digital production workshop known as the FabLab.
Getting around Trento
Trento is a 45-minute drive from Bolzano and around 2.5 hours from Venice. Verona Villafranca Airport is an hour away and has flights to destinations across Europe. Trains connect from towns and cities throughout the Trentino–Alto Adige region to the Trento railway station and buses access most of the city’s attractions.