Trento is a city on the Adige River in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol in Italy. It is the capital of Trentino. Formerly part of Austria and Austria-Hungary, it was annexed by Italy in 1919.
Trento lies in a wide glacial valley known as the Adige valley, just south of the Dolomite Mountains, where the Fersina River and Avisio rivers join the Adige River (the second longest river in Italy). River Adige is one of the three primary south-flowing Alpine rivers; its broadly curving course alongside Trento was straightened in 1850. The valley is surrounded by mountains, including Vigolana (2,150 m (7,050 ft)), Monte Bondone (2,181 m (7,156 ft)), Paganella (2,124 m (6,969 ft)), Marzola (1,747 m (5,732 ft)) and Monte Calisio (1,096 m (3,596 ft)). Nearby lakes include Lake Caldonazzo, Lake Levico, Lake Garda and Lake Toblino.
The city is an educational, scientific, financial and political centre in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, in Tyrol and Northern Italy in general. The University of Trento ranks highly out of Italy’s top 30 colleges. The city includes a picturesque Medieval and Renaissance historic centre, with ancient buildings such as Trento Cathedral and the Castello del Buonconsiglio.
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September is the perfect month from the point of view of weather in Trento; the heat of the summer is over, and very few precipitations are present. In the last 5 years, the minimum temperature of september has been 11°, the maximum 28°, with an average around 22°.
What to to do in Trento and around Trento
You can visit the monuments and museums in the city or enjoy the great natural setting of the region. Below you find some suggestions about places you should see:
- Buonconsiglio Castle. This castle is a “must visit” attraction as it represents the main
monument of the city.
- Duomo. The Duomo of Trento, also known as Saint Vigilius Cathedral is located in the
main square of Trento.
- Palazzo delle Albere. A representative villa, built in Renaissance style, that now hosts a
permanent modern art museum.
- Museo diocesano tridentino. Next to the Duomo, Palazzo Pretorio host a permanent exhibition.
- Roman underground ruins. In Piazza Battisti you will find the access to the ruins of the underground ancient Trento built by the Romans. This is actually another city under Trento.
- MUSE: the new Science Museum of Trento, open since 27 July 2013. The building itself is a novel architectural structure, designed by Renzo Piano, whose outline recalls the profile of the surrounding mountains.
- Mountains: Trento is the hearth of the Dolomites, the mountain range that were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. They can be reached in less than two hours, by public transport or by car.
- Lakes: In the Trentino region, several beautiful lakes are reachable in less than one hour by public transport; we mention here only the largest ones (Garda, Caldonazzo, Levico), but several smaller lakes are spread around the region.