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Living in Trento

Trento is situated 190 metres altitude on the flat ground of the Adige river Valley, in the heart of the great itineraries between the Lake Garda and the Dolomites, between Venice-Verona and Bolzano-Innsbruck. It is dominated by the nearby Bondone (2.170 m.) and Paganella Mounts(2.125 m.).

Trento is a city of art and history. It represents a crossroads for the contrasting cultures of Italy and northern Europe. Originally a Roman city,Trento became famous for the Council (1545 -1563) which gave rise to the counter - Reformation.

Trento's rich artistic and historical heritage is to be found in its monuments, which embody the centuries of history written under the dual influences of northern and Italian cultures, still evident today in the variety of architectural styles.

Among the many faces of Trento, one of the most striking is that of the Alpine Renaissance city, which has been restored to its original splendour by recent restaurations. 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.

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Population: 110.141 (31.12.2004)
Altitude on sea level: 194 m
Area: 1.456 ha


To find out more about Trento, please visit the following websites:

About Trentino

The Province of Trento (Trentino) (which belongs to the Trentino / Alto Adige Region together with the Province of Bolzano/South Tyrol) enjoys special autonomous financial and legislative powers provided by the Italian Constitution, thus permitting each single Province to be considered as a de facto Region by itself. Located in the North-Eastern part of Italy, in the heart of the Alps, Trentino-South Tyrol borders Switzerland to the North-West and Austria to the North.

Since the 1960s Trentino has experienced a "soft" industrialisation mainly characterised by small and medium-sized enterprises, with a subsequent shift of labour force from agriculture to industry. The 1970s have witnessed an impressive growth of the secondary and tertiary sectors. Nowadays, the secondary sector is mainly boosted by three industries (namely tourism, the construction industry, and the agricultural and food industry) and it employs a quarter of the local workforce. Agriculture, despite a steady decrease in employment, still has a strategic importance for the provincial economy.

The service sector employs half of the workforce of the province and is now experiencing a very dynamic phase based on innovation, mainly in computer and ICT technologies. In Trentino, the last fifteen years have witnessed an impressive growth in the number of businesses involved in Information Technology, thus contributing to the creation of what is commonly defined as an 'innovation cluster'.

In terms of scientific and technological institutions, Trentino is well-endowed with the Instituto Trentino di Cultura (and, in particular, its scientific and technological research centre, ITC-IRST), the University of Trento, the Istituto Agrario di San Michele all'Adige, the Museum of Science, the Fiat Research Centre and some institutes and centres financed by the Italian National Research Council (CNR).

The promotion of innovation is one of the main objectives of the Autonomous Province of Trento, which also set up a Regional Development Agency with some Business Innovation Centres directed towards stimulating industrial innovation and improving the technological transfer from research to industry.

To find out more about Trentino, please visit the following websites:

on its territory (official website of the Chamber of Commerce , Industry, Craft and Agriculture):; on its government & administration (official website of the Province of Trento):; on its culture (official website on the culture by the Province of Trento):; on its tourism (official website of the Trentino Tourist Board):