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Trento Travel Guide: 191 reviews and 482 photos

Trento is the capital of the autonomous province of Trento/Trient. It stands in a narrow valley drawn by glaciers but where now flows the Adige river.

The city was founded before the 4th century BC but developed mainly after its conquest by the Romans in the 1st century BC. The Romans called it Tridentum, referring to the three mounts that frame the city. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the city was taken by the Lombards, by the Francs and by various other invaders. After that, it became part of the Holy Roman Empire and for eight centuries (1027-1796) was ruled by the Prince-Bishops.

The geographical situation of Trento makes it a crossroad between southern culture and northern culture, between the Latin world and the Germanic world.

In the 16th century Trento became famous for the Council of Trento (1545-1563) which gave rise to the Counter-Reformation. The adjective Tridentine refers to Trento, but, because of the Tridentine Council, can also refer to this specific event, as in "Tridentine Mass". Among the famous prince-bishops of this time were Bernardo Clesio/Cles, who ruled the city 1514-1539, and managed to steer the Council to Trento and Cristoforo Madruzzo, who ruled 1539-1567, during the Council. Both European politicians and Renaissance humanists, they greatly expanded and embellished the city.

Thank you Maurizio (VT Maurizioago) for suggesting several editions of my page!

  • Last visit to Trento: Oct 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 21, 2007
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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Thanks for this great agriturismo tip :-)) Next time I come by car I'll stay there :-) Oh and eat strozzapreti :-) Yummmm.... and mushrooms :-) I still love all these frescoes :-)

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    With all our trips to Italy, we never have made it the there yet. Your input and pictures entice me to start planning a trip. Next 2 years looks like in Germany and France, though.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2009 at 6:05 AM

    Love those mushrooms. Nice page ;-)

  • Sep 5, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Jean-Louis, this has got to be the most informative page on Trento that I have seen on the internet-period! It was a wonderful read.

  • lotharlerch's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Great Trento page! Manholes are interesting historical documents because of their durability. In Chernivtsy (Ukraine) you can see them one aside the other in German, Romanian, Russian and Ukrainian.

  • May 31, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    I loved the picture of the manhole cover! My next trip to Italy will have to include Trento, and a search for that manhole cover in my spare time. Thanks much!

  • tere1's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:15 AM

    I love Italy but have never been to Trento. Now your page made me want to go there!!!! Lovely page , pictures and tips:). Teresa

  • Feb 4, 2008 at 6:27 AM

    Lovely page! and picture too! Nikos

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2008 at 8:17 AM

    that mushroom market is fascinating

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2007 at 2:01 PM

    Hi interesting tips and great to see so much interesting architecture - visiting yr page as im trying to decide whether to drive up from Venice when there this weekend.good spots for Dolomite shots around here?


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