Trento is an Italian municipality with over 115 thousand inhabitants, the main town in the Trentino province.
According to the Latin tradition, the place name Trento originates from Tridentum (given by the Romans) because of the three hills (Mount Verruca or Doss Trent, Dosso Sant'Agata and Dosso of San Rocco) that encircle the town.
Situated in the Valley of the river Adige, the town is a crossroads among the valleys stretching from the Brenner Pass to the Dolomites, from Lake Garda to Verona and Venice.
The town stretches for about 11 hectares with a regular square urban plan. It is surrounded by walls on the East, South and West sides. On the North it borders on the river Adige with its fluvial port.
Set in the heart of the Alps, Trento grew especially in the Roman period.
There are still has several records from that age, for instance the underground archeological area of piazza Cesare Battisti as well as the early-Christian basilica that offer rare but complete examples of Roman planning in a charming and evocative setting.
During its thousand-year old evolution, Trento has attracted very different traditions from the North and South of Europe combining them uniquely, to such an extent that it was chosen as the place for the Catholic Reformation (1545-1563).
As for culture the town offers a really wide range of choices: historical records can be admired at the Castello del Buonconsiglio characteristic features of the Church history at the diocesan museum, scientific events and labs at the new MUSE as well as Modern Art at Palazzo delle Albere. Do not forget to visit also the Gallerie di Piedicastello and Doss Trento, where you can plunge into the history of the Trentino region and its Alpine troops.
In wintertime Trento becomes the Alpine capital of Christmas thanks to one of the most renowned and admired markets in Europe.