Once host to the Council of Trent, this dimly lit Romanesque cathedral displays fragments of medieval frescoes inside its transepts. Two colonnaded stairways flank the nave, leading, it seems, to heaven. Below is a paleo-Christian archaeological area, which includes the Basilica Paleocristiana di San Vigilio, a 4th-century temple devoted to Trento's patron saint and to a number of Christian martyrs murdered by pagans in the nearby Val di Non.

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Nearby Trento attractions

1. Fontana del Nettuno

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In the centre of Piazza del Duomo is the town's beloved if rather unlikely Fontana del Nettuno, a splashing 18th-century fountain dedicated to the trident…

2. Piazza del Duomo

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Trento's heart is this busy yet intimate piazza, dominated, of course, by the duomo, but also host to the Fontana del Nettuno, a flashy late-baroque…

3. Museo Diocesano Tridentino

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Sitting alongside the duomo, this former bishop's residence dates from the 11th century. It now houses one of Italy's most important ecclesiastical…

4. Case Cazuffi-Rella

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Frescoes decorate the facades of two private Renaissance houses, known as the Case Cazuffi-Rella, on Piazza Duomo's northern side.

5. Galleria Civica di Trento


This city gallery/project space is the Trento campus of the Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto and focuses on 20th-century and…

7. Castello del Buonconsiglio

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Guarded by hulking fortifications, this massive edifice was home to Trento's bishop-princes until Napoleon's arrival in 1801. Enclosed within is the…


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A stunning modernist architectural work, courtesy of Renzo Piano, houses this 21st-century science museum and cleverly echoes the local landscape…