Castello del Buonconsiglio
This is one of the premier castles in Italy. The varied architectural styles, not always homogenous, have combined to make an impressive fortress nonetheless.
It commenced in the early 13th century and, for over 500 years, was the seat of the Bishop Princes of Trentino.
Inside the Torre dell'Aquila has fine examples of medieval knightly paintings, commissioned by Giorgio of Liechtenstein and done by a Bohemian artist. The unbroken wall to wall pictures called "Il ciclo dei mesi" represent the months and feature a wonderful variety of individual scenes.
Then there's the Magno Palazzo, another art-filled wonder with sculptures, stucco works and frescoes.
If you still haven't had enough then you can walk the Via Bernado Clesio and along the castellated walls to the Torre Verde, a 1450's tower with and unusual spire that was built for defensive purposes before the Fiume Adige was diverted in the 19th century.
Although the whole country of Italy has a rich history, you don't really get to experience it fully with the hustle and bustle of Rome, Florence, Naples, Milan, etc. Here in Trento you really get to sink deep into its culture and experience the life of the locals. Because Trento is a small town, you can get the chance to interact with the locals and really understand centuries of history this city has to offer.
Trento - Fountain of Neptune
The enormous Fountain of Neptune is a dominant feature of Trento's main square. The fountain is made of the same pink marble that the adjacent cathedral ( duomo ) is constructed from. Pink marble was very plentiful in the area 500 years ago.
Details concerning the fountain are forthcoming.
I did not photograph the fountain from the front because the morning sun would have ruined the picture. This would have shown the duomo in the background instead of the unattractive buildings shown. Sorry but I spent only a few hours in Trento.
The road to Sardagna for views over Trento
Behind the Ponte San Lorenzo bridge on the other side of the river from Trento is the road that runs behind the rocky hill thats there, with the church and memorial on top, and up the lower slopes of Monte Bondone to the village of Sardagna about 5km by road above Trento.
The road takes you past vineyards and stone farmhouses with roadside stopping spots along the way as views unfold over Trento and the surrounding valley and mountains that encircle the area.
Though the road becomes narrow with a few tight corners through Sardagna village once past you will find that theres a large parking area above the village at the cable car station where the best viewing points are.
The Roccabruna family was one of the oldest noble families in Trento, documented since the XIIth with Gandolfino I.
In the XIVth Canon Gerolamo II Roccabruna bought several houses to build a large palace for his family. The Palace was built between 1557 and 1562 and was part of a renewal of the city in order to prepare the Council of Trento..
The Palace remained owned by members of the family until the end of the XVIIIth.
Palazzo Roccabruna is now used by the Trade Chamber to present the products from the Trento region.