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In the city center, the Renaissance buildings have been restored to their original pastel colors and wooden balconies.

Walls bordered the whole town and were connected to the Castello Del Buonconsiglio. Today, part of the medieval city walls is still visible in Piazza Fiera, along with a circular tower.

The magnificent Duomo Cathedral of Saint Vigilio was built around the XII century in Romanesque-Gothic style. It stands on top of a late Roman basilica which is still viewable in the underground crypt.

The three most significant meetings of the Council of Trent, convened to confront the growth of Protestantism and to establish the so-called Counter-Reformation, took place in the Duomo between 1545 and 1563.

The building itself was begun in the thirteenth century but wasn't completed until the sixteenth. Inside, the arched are a dramatic touch to an otherwise plain building. There are fresco fragments in the nave and an enormous carved marble baldachin over the altar, a replica of the Rome St Peter.

In Piazza del Duomo we can find some Renaissance Palazzi and the famous neoclassic Fountain of Neptune. The Piazza del Duomo is indeed a pleasant square circled by arcades, shops and caf? and giving onto streets lined with frescoed palaces, notably via Belanziani, many of them built in the sixteenth century when Trento was an important market.

The Museo Diocesano Tridentino e Basilica Paleocristiana housed in the Palazzo Pretorio includes paintings of the sessions of the Council of Trent and some carved altarpieces from the church of San Zeno in the Val di Non. There are some ornate reliquaries and an impressive cycle of fifteenth-century Flemish tapestries.

The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, dated 1563, is also a magnificent building which site the congregation of the Council of Trento held here from the year 1545 to year 1563 by the Catholic Church in an attempt to curb the rapid progress of Martin Luther's Reformation.

The Castello Del Buonconsiglio includes the famous Torre dell?Aquila with fine gothic frescos depicting the seasonal months.

It' is comprises of two castles, the thirteenth-century Castelvecchio and the extension built in 1530 called the Magno Palazzo , in which several rooms frescoed with classical subjects by the Dossi Family and Romanino lead to a quiet inner courtyard.

Upstairs is the Museo Provinciale d'Arte, the Ciclo dei Mesi ("Cycle of the Months") and the Torre d'Aquila where XV century frescoes show details from farming and courtly life and soldier?s life.

The ditch around the castle was the place of execution for two celebrated Trentini, Cesare Battisti (who also set up the socialist-irredentist newspaper ?Il Popolo? as a forum for protest against Austrian rule) and his comrade Fabio Filzi.


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