What to see in Trento, one-day itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including the Cathedral of San Vigilio, the Buonconsiglio Castle and the Christmas market during the Christmas period.
In the 30-day period preceding the Christmas holidays, normally from November 24 to December 24, the typical Trento Christmas market takes place every year.
The lively display of banquets in the typical wooden houses is located in Piazza Fiera, a large square in the historic center, where animal markets and fairs were once hosted.
The Trento Christmas market welcomes many visitors every year who, immersed in the suggestive Christmas atmosphere, can taste delicious gastronomic specialties and appreciate the work of local crafts, ideal for decorating the house and the tree, as well as for making nice gifts.
Visiting the traditional Christmas market can be an opportunity to get to know the city, with its valuable monuments and museums, taking advantage of the nearby mountain, where the Centro fondo delle Viote is located, in the beautiful valley at the foot of the Tre Cime del Monte Bondone , to practice cross-country skiing and take invigorating walks with snowshoes.
The Cathedral, dedicated to San Vigilio, stands on the square of the same name, on the place where originally there was an ancient building dedicated to the saint, patron of the city.
The construction of the Basilica, of Romanesque-Lombard imprint with Gothic influences and considered among the main sacred monuments of the Alpine area, was started in 1212 and completed in 1321.
The church housed the famous Council of Trent, held between 1545 and 1563.
The Buonconsiglio Castle located on a rocky relief, slightly dominant with respect to the city and residence of the prince bishops of Trento for many centuries, represents the largest and most important monumental complex in the region.
It consists of buildings built in different periods including Castelvecchio, the oldest part dating back to the thirteenth century and dominated by the mighty cylindrical tower, the Magno Palazzo, a sixteenth-century expansion in the style of the Italian Renaissance, the Giunta Albertiana, dating back to the end of the seventeenth century in Baroque style.
In the Aquila Tower, located at the southern end of the complex, the famous Cycle of Months is preserved, a significant pictorial cycle of the late Middle Ages.Recommended readings
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Currently the complex constitutes the main pole of a museum system consisting of 4 castles in the Trentino area, Castello di Stenico, in the Giudicarie Valleys, Castel Beseno, in the Adige Valley between Trento and Rovereto, and Castel Thun, in the Non Valley.