Trent, the capital of the Prince-Bishops
Malè – trento: km 60
By train: Ferrovia Trento – Malè
If you are bound to Trent from Val di Sole, you’d better leave your car and take the Trento-Malé railroad. You’ll enjoy a relaxing and interesting trip (1h and 20 min) all along the Lower Val di Sole and Val di Nòn, going past dozens of villages overlooked by old castles. The last 20 km in Val d’Adige are winding amongst magnificent vineyards (Piana Rotaliana) and are overlooked by the Paganella (2,125 m).
Trent used to be a Roman “municipium” (some traces are still there), but its origins are to be found in the Rhaetian times. Very little remains of the subsequent barbarian rule - Ostrogoths, Longobards, Franks. The town was actually brought to new life when it became part of the Sacred Roman Empire of the German Nation (around 970) and then as it became a Bishop County (from 1004 to 1802). The two centres of Church and Civil power, that ruled together in this tiny Alpine state almost 800 years long, were the Cathedral (near Palazzo Pretorio) and the Buon Consiglio Castle. The Prince Bishops lived in the fortified mansion since the 13th Century: it is a highly articulated building resulting from subsequent additions to the original pre-Romanesque core. Magno Palazzo (commissioned by the Bishop and Cardinal Bernardo Cles in the 16th Century) and the Giunta Albertiana (late 17th Century) were
added to Castelvecchio. The Castle interior houses museums and tombstone collections and boasts magnificent noble rooms, the so-
called “camere” or “stùe”. During the Cles dominion, the rooms and halls were richly decorated with frescoed paintings by Court painters Dossi, Fogolino and Romanino, and enriched with Zacchi’s terra-cotta. Quite unique are the frescoed paintings in the “Torre dell’Aquila”, an outstanding example of international Gothic art (the Cycle of Months, dating from 1390).
At the centre of town you’ll see the cathedral, a masterpiece by the Lombard craftsmen Adamo d’Arogno and sons, from the Como Lake. Originally it was a chapel housing the grave of the Bishop St. Vigilio (5th Century), that was subsequently rebuilt and rearranged during the 13th Century, under the rule of Prince Bishop Federico Wanga. The cathedral conveys an idea of strength and serenity: the exterior features a massive bell tower, completed in the Baroque era, and a rosette to the North (Ruota della Fortuna), as well as an interesting façade overlooking the square; the interior is characterised by a severe simplicity. Beside the 18th century canopy of the main altar opens the entrance to the underground classroom, where you will find helpful information to understand the subsequent stages in the Church’s erection.
Palazzo Pretorio houses the rich Museo Diocesano (closed on Mondays), featuring 16th Century Flemish tapestries as well as the “tesoro del Duomo” ( the Cathedral‘s treasure). The town is enriched by number of other monuments,: St. Maria Maggiore, the remnants of he Roman rule, St. Lorenzo, Palazzo delle Albere, Piazza Fiera: the town centre is a pedestrian area where you will enjoy doing some shopping. In the surroundings, Villa Margone ( Renaissance times) and Dòss Trent are worth a visit.

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