Strada del Norge 1, Monte Bondone, Trento, 38100, Italy
More about Trento
Chiesa San Pietro
Palazzo Alberti Colico, disturbing entrance
Palazzo della Regione, the architecture
Castello del Buonconsiglio, Torre dell'Aquila
Travel Tips for Trento
Palazzo della Regione, offices
The offices of the Palazzo della Regione stand in another, taller, building, 200m away. The architect was also Adalberto Libera. It is also built in an aerial way and a large part of the building is standing on a pillar that contains the staircases and lifts. The whole, though huge, looks very light and elegant.
This is one of those friendly little skifields that tries harder and doesn't have pretentions. Just a few kilometres out of Trento on the western side up a windy road there is Monte Bondone (not to be confused with Monte Baldo like I did at first!). With a 7 minute 43 second transit time to the top they are justly proud of their Rocce Rosse chair lift.
An altitude shift of 809 metres and average gradient of 30% (max 44%) means a great intermediate and beginners skifield with a little expert thrown in.
Duomo di San Vigilio, rear entrance
On the left to the apse, stands a small rear entrance that was closed when we visited. At first, it has nothing special. It is topped by a lion, as I had seen in so many places around the Adriatic. But my second thought was "why there should be a San Marco Venice lion in Trento that has never been ruled by Venice ?" I have not the answer, though I extensively searched for it. However, as the lion was extensively used in heraldry, may be that the explanation is that this is NOT a Venice lion but a lion of another breed! Who knows?
Palazzo Geremia frescoes on the 2nd level
On the second level, two paintings (photos 1 and 2) represent the reception of Emperor Maximilian by the city rulers, talking under a fake loggia. For Maximilian, to march via Belenzani that, traditionally, only the Popes could to march, was the consecration of its holiness and of its power.
Municipio Vecchio (Old Town Hall) was bought by the city in 1481 and has been the Town Hall for four centuries. The Town Hall is now in Palazzo Thun.
Municipio Vecchio has a neoclassical façade, rebuilt in the XIXth. On top stands a huge eagle on a Latin inscription. I have read that it was the emblem of the city but I have also read that it was Napoleon's eagle! I do not know which is true! May be both!
The Latin is attributed to Fra' Bartolomeo da Trento, who died in 1251. It says: "Montes argentum mihi dant nomenque Tridentum" (Mountains give me silver and the name of Trento),