Trento is a city of art and history and represents a crossroads for the contrasting cultures of Italy and northern Europe. Trento's rich artistic and historical heritage is found in its monuments, which reflect centuries of history written under the dual influences of northern and Italian cultures, still evident today in the variety of architectural styles. Ever since ancient times, thanks to its specific geographical position between the European continent and the Mediterranean, Trentino has represented an essential passage way, and a crossroads for a cultural exchange between different populations, a fact that is clearly evident in local traditions and history. Among the many faces of Trento, one of the most striking is the alpine Renaissance city, which has been restored to its original splendor by recent restorations.
Places to visit include the Castello del Buonconsiglio (the castle which was home to the prince bishops of Trento for many centuries), the Duomo (cathedral) and its splendid square, the houses decorated with frescoes, the churches of the Council, the museums and exhibitions which today make Trento a city of art, culture and traditions beyond those of the Alps. The famous Torre Vanga andTorre Civica are located in the historic city centre. From piazza Duomo towards via Cavour, via Belenzani, piazza Pasi, via S. Vigilio the historic city centre reveals itself, part of which is closed to traffic. Leaving behind the Cathedral, Torre Civica, Palazzo Pretorio, Nettuno fountain and the frescoed houses which make piazza Duomo one of the most beautiful in Italy, you get into via Belenzani which terminates on the facade of the church of S. Francesco Saverio or of the Jesuites and along which stand Palazzo Thun (communal seat) and other noble residences rich in ornaments.