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Historically, Trento was a fairly rich and proud town and outside the city walls large and expensive manor houses were built to enable bishops to come and enjoy holidays. Today, Trento is still one of the nation's wealthiest and most prosperous cites with most of its wealth coming from farming, wine, and high-tech industries. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most expensive cities in Italy.
Panorama of the town with the castle - Photo: Giac
Trento is one of the major educational, scientific, financial and political centres in Northern Italy. The University of Trento ranks highly in Italy and the rest of the world, with a particularly good record in engineering.
Modern day Trento is a highly developed and organised cosmopolitan city, the centre of which is more or less a pedestrian area. The city centre is small and the architecture has a unique feel. In the picturesque Medieval and Renaissance historic centre the buildings have been restored to their original pastel colours with wooden balconies. Part of the medieval city walls are still visible and these walls once encircled the whole city and were connected to Castello del Buonconsiglio.
The main points of interest during a visit to the city are:
The Duomo which is a Romanesque-Gothic cathedral built on top of a Roman basilica in the late 12th century. The Roman basilica can be viewed from an underground crypt. The piazza on the side of the cathedral has many frescoed Renaissance buildings Baroque Fountain of Neptune (Fontana di Nettuno) which was built in 1767-1768.
Trento Cathedral with Fontana di Nettuno - Photo: Matteo Ianeselli
Palazzo Pretorio, next to the Duomo and also built in the 12th century, has an interesting 13th century bell tower and is now home to a collection of baroque religious paintings. It was the main Bishops' residence until the mid-13th century.
Castello del Buonconsiglio, which includes a museum and the notable Torre dell'Aquila. You will also find here some fine Gothic frescoes which depict the months of the year.
In Via Prepositura and Piazza Cesare Battisti there are Various underground remains of the streets and villas of the Roman city.
The churches of Santa Maria Maggiore, San Pietro, Sant'Apollinare and San Lorenzo.
Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore - Photo: Matteo Ianeselli
Palazzo delle Albere which has an excellent modern art museum and Palazzo's Salvadori, Geremia and Lodron.
Museo dell'Aeronautica Gianni Caproni which is located in Trento - Mattarello's Airport and is a notable aeronautical museum.
The surrounding countryside is famous for its beautiful mountain landscapes and at Easter the fields around Trento are filled to bursting with apple blossoms.
Population density: 742.7 per square km
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