Piazza Cesare Battisti, Fiore lunare
On Piazza Cesare Battisti the monument called Fiore lunare (moon flower) matches perfectly with the modern theater. It was built in from 1981 to 2002 to recall the memory of Marco Pola (1906-1991), poet from Trento. Please not that this is Marco Pola and not Marco Polo, who anyway lived in a completely different century!
Trento, in addition to be a great town, is also nestled in a valley of the Dolomites and it is possible to go skiing from here on both the eastern and western sides of the town.
The east also takes you to lago land as I call it, in particular Lago di Garda and all its attractions. The Dolomites are my favourite mountain range mainly because of the dramatic cliffs and more spectacular scenery that they offer over the alps as evidenced in this picture.
Two of the skifields look directly on to Trento though it takes a while to get there from the town itself.
Altar of the Council of Trent.
Sorry about the quality of the photo, but it was very dark inside the chapel. Perhaps symbolic of the darkness initiated by the decree issued from this very spot 460 years ago. Nobody else was present at the time, and I found this an excellent opportunity to offer a prayer for peace, tolerance, and the acceptance of differences.
Piazza Duomo/Cathedral Square
This is Trento's main square which was first laid out by the Romans as their central market place when the town was called Tridentum. This is commemorated by the 18th century fountain with the stature of Neptune holding his trident in the middle of the square.
The square is surrounded by arcades, shops and cafes with streets that lead to streets lined with impressively frescoed palaces, many from the 16th century when Trento was an important market town.
Also flanking the square is the Duomo, built in Romanesque style from the 13th century.
Chiesa San Francisco Saverio
Chiesa San Francisco Saverio stands in the perfect alignment of via Belenzani, opposite to Piazza Duomo, on via Roma.
It was built by the Jesuits between 1708 and 1711 following the theories of Andrea Pozzo, an architect from the city.
The elaborate architectural decorations of the interior (sorry, no photo!), made by Carlo Gaudenzio Mignocco, the nephew of Pozzo, are considered as one of the best expressions of baroque art in the city.