The capital of Trentino Alto Adige, the city of Trento is situated in the Adige River valley and surrounded by high mountains. It is an elegant city rich in history and definitely worth a visit even if, like us, you come to Trentino to go trekking in the mountains.
In this article you will find the 5 things to see in Trento with children , all of which are within walking distance of each other.
If you organise yourself in good time, the city of Trento could be visited in a single day, even though it would be a bit of a rush and you know that children, when tired, are not very cooperative.
The ideal would be to have two days (and one night) to wander around and appreciate all the beauty that the city of Trento has to offer.
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5 things to see in Trento with children: map of Trento
5 things to see in Trento with children
1. Buonconsiglio Castle
Buonconsiglio Castle was the residence of the bishops from 1255 until the end of 1800. In 1974, it became the property of the Autonomous Province of Trento and today houses collections of ancient, medieval and contemporary art.
The Torre Aquila (Eagle Tower ), which houses a cycle of frescoes from the late Italian Middle Ages depicting scenes from the economic and social life of the city, is well known.
There are several staircases inside the building and the visit is not suitable for pushchairs.
2. Historic Centre
A little jewel set in the mountains, the historic centre lends itself well to a walk with children and a pushchair, being totally flat.
The first stop is Piazza Duomo in the centre of which towers the imposing Neptune Fountain with a statue of the god Neptune holding a trident at the top.
The square is surrounded by splendid 16th-century frescoed pal aces such as Palazzo Cazuffi, Palazzo Rella, and Palazzo Pretorio with the Civic Tower.
We are in the heart of the city of Trento. Take some time to admire the towers and crenellated palaces with the mountains in the background.
Facing Piazza Duomo is the Cathedral of San Vigilio, Trento’s most important religious building, where the famous Council of Trent was held between 1545 and 1563. Inside the Gothic-style cathedral are the remains of San Vigilio, the patron saint of Trento.
The walk continues past historic shops and clothing and shopping shops. A five-minute walk from Piazza Duomo if you are interested, you can find the Loacker Point.
3. Piazza Fiera and Loacker point
If it’s snack time and you’re in the area, you should know that Piazza Fiera is home to the Loacker Point, a café entirely dedicated to the famous wafer!
Inside you will find dispensers of mini wafers of various flavours, gift boxes, and a good selection of brioches and cream cakes. If you have coffee, instead of the classic complimentary chocolate, you will be given a mini wafer (of course)!
The Loacker Point has several tables both outside and inside, so it could be the right destination for a tasty break even on a rainy day.
Piazza Fiera has been the site of the city market since the 14th century, and it is here during the Christmas period that Trento’s Christmas Market is held.
4. Muse, Trento’s Science Museum
The Muse, Trento’s Science Museum, is an absolute must-see if you are in Trento with children.
It may be that we have nothing similar in Genoa , but the Muse really impressed and excited us.
The exhibition tells the story of theevolution of life on Earth in an interactive way so children feel an active part of the journey and there is no room for boredom.
5. Palazzo delle Albere and playground
The Palazzo delle Albere is a fortified palace dating back to 1600, which was commissioned by the prince-bishops of the Madruzzo family as a summer residence.
It is located right next to the Muse and, according to legend, was connected to Trento Cathedral via an underground passage.
Although it currently hosts important exhibitions and events organised by the Muse and the Mart (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), children are definitely more interested in the 5-hectare park where there are two playgrounds equipped with climbing nets, slides, swings, seesaws etc.
Along the many little streets that criss-cross the park, you can also go cycling or skating. Truly a little piece of paradise!
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Where to sleep in Trento with kids
Lainez Rooms & Suites – Centrally located, it has simple family rooms or with sauna, and offers an excellent breakfast included. If you want to have parking in the garage, you have to book it in advance and it costs €10.00 per night – Book here.
What to see near Trento
1. Thun Castle
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