Trento audio tour: Italy’s Gateway to Europe: From Medieval to Modern Trento

Italy’s Gateway to Europe: From Medieval to Modern Trento

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

The city of Trento, nestled in the Alps, is a beautiful testament to the age when the Veneti, Etruscans and Gauls met the Holy Roman Empire, intertwining their cultures forever. On this walking tour, we’ll trace the history of the bishopric principality of Trento from the early 13th century, through the renaissance, and up until WWI and the completion of Italian unity. We’ll pause in remembrance of the martyrs from the city who resisted Nazi and Fascist oppression during WWII, too.

The tour starts at the Mura Vanghiane, the city’s old southern entrance. From there, you’ll make your way to the cathedral and up to the castle before heading back in time to the early 13th century, and the place where we started. Along the way, you’ll pass remains of the Roman city as well as a beautiful medieval rose garden.

This tour doesn’t only take you into the city’s past. I’ll point out the beauty of this Alpine setting and I’ll share modern Italy’s culture with you, too. Throughout the walk, you’ll be surrounded by the sounds, colours and smells of typical Trentino cuisine with a myriad of bars, restaurants and food shops to choose from. You’ll also be able to visit the shopping streets where you can find some of Italy’s world-famous fashion.

History, culture, architecture, art, fashion, food and parks converge on this tour around Trento.

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Tour Producer


A History of Italy Podcast Corradi

A weekly podcast in 15/20 minute episodes on the history of the Italian peninsula from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the present day.
There are plenty of dates, battles and rulers of course, but also a fair share of rabbits winning sieges, swords stuck in uncomfortable places, naughty popes, monks getting undressed and all other sorts of mischief in the history of the colourful Italians.

The author, Mike Corradi is an Anglo-Italian English teacher living in northern Italy with a passion for travel and history.

His tours so far include Ravenna, Rimini, Naples and Trento.

Major Landmarks

  • Vanga Walls

  • Torrione

  • Piazza Fiera

  • Cathedral of San Vigilio

  • City Tower

  • Neptune's fountain

  • Piazza Lodron

  • Gardens of San Marco

  • Castello del Buonconsiglio

  • Torre Verde

  • Torre Vanga

Directions to Starting Point

It is relatively easy to get around Trento by car and almost everything is within reasonable walking distance. There is a paid parking lot near Piazza Fiera, our starting point, which is on the south side of the city, while if you wish to park free you can head to via Canestrino or lungo Adige San Nicolò just outside of the city centre.

If you are arriving at the station by train, the starting point is a 15 minute walk going through the park.

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Places to stop along the way

There are indications in the tour for places to stop for refreshment, but you will see that there are cafés and restaurants almost all the way along the tour. The places to stop the tour could be: Cathedral of San Vigilio, Museo Tridentino Arcivescovile, Piazza Lodron at limited opening times, The Buonconsiglio castle.

Best time of day

You can visit all year round, but it can get quite cold in the winter months, particularly January and February. Having said this the city Christmas markets are one of the great attractions in late November and December.

At a certain point of the tour we will be going through the gardens of Saint Mark which are closed between 10 pm and 7 am, so try and avoid those times. Everything else would also be closed at that time so it would not be the best idea to do the tour then.

Museo Diocesiano tridentino: Opening hours are 10.00-13.00 e 14:00–18:00, but it is closed on Tuesdays and holidays.
Tickets cost €7 with reduced prices for people over 65 and under 26 as well as university students.

The building in Piazza Lodron can be visited Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:30 to 16:30.

Buonconsiglio castle:

  • From Tuesday 9 November to Saturday 30 April 2022: 9.30 am - 5.00 pm except every Saturday and Sunday in December and from Saturday 18 December to Sunday 9 January 2022, 9.30 am - 6.00 pm

*Special openings:

  • 1 January 2022 from 11.00 to 17.00
  • public holidays: Monday 5 April, Monday 1 November, Monday 6 December, and all Mondays from 2 to 30 August

Closed on non-holiday Mondays and December 25th
N.B. Last admission to the museum is 30 minutes before closing time.

Full price tickets cost €10.00 with various discount possibilities. See site for details:

Access to the Alpini museum in Torre Vanga is free

Openingh times:

Tuesday to Thursday 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00
Friday to Sunday and holidays 09:00-12:00 / 13:00-17:00


Trento is a safe city, but, as in most Italian cities, areas around the station may feel a little unsafe at night. Also, although there is no real danger, you may want to avoid the area around Torre Vanga at night as well.


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Italy’s Gateway to Europe: From Medieval to Modern Trento