The city of Trento was formally founded
in the first century B.C. by
the Romans, with the Latin name of “Tridentum”. Trento is set on the
intersection of important roads leading to Lake Garda, the Dolomites,
Venice, Verona, Bolzano and Innsbruck. It is dominated by the nearby
Bondone and Paganella Mountains, where residents and tourists go
skiing and hiking.
In spite of being a small city (115.000 inhabitants), Trento is still
nowadays an important cross road between the Mediterranean and the
Alpine areas and a place of cultural dialogue. Trento’s rich artistic
and historical heritage is revealed by its monuments, which embody
the centuries of history written under the dual influences of northern
and Italian cultures, still evident today in the variety of
architectural styles. Trento is well known for its Alpine Renaissance
characteristics and the city was restored to its original
splendour by recent renovations. Worthwhile to visit include the
Castello del Buonconsiglio, the Duomo (cathedral) and its wonderful
square, the houses decorated with frescoes, the churches of the
Council, the museums and exhibitions which today make Trento a city of
art, culture, and traditions.
Visitors can enjoy several facets of Trento and of its tradition,
including its wines and typical gastronomic products. In particular the
San Vigilio festival
will take place during the days of the PhD school, with its many events
and nightlife activities.
Last but not least, Trento is very close to the wonderful hiking and
skiing areas of the Dolomites (UNESCO World Natural Heritage).
See more on Trento and Trentino here.