Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali

Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali

Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali
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The Buonconsiglio Castle is the largest and most important monumental complex of the Trentino Alto Adige region. It was the residence of the prince-bishops of Trento from the 13th century to the end of the 18th century, and is composed of a series of buildings of different eras, enclosed by walls and positioned slightly higher than the city. Castelvecchio is the oldest nucleus, dominated by an imposing cylindrical tower; the Magno Palazzo is the 16th century expansion in the Italian Renaissance-style as commissioned by the Prince-Bishop and Cardinal Bernardo Cles (1485-1539); the Baroque-style Giunta Albertiana dates from the end of the 17th century. At the extreme south of the complex is the Torre Aquila, within which is conserved the famous Cycle of the Months, one of the most fascinating secular pictorial cycles of the late Middle Ages.
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Isabella
Merone, Italy8 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
A must if you love art and history. The museum is full of historical relics and different paintings from different artists. The garden is very beautiful, peaceful and well kept. Unfortunately we couldn't visit the tower due to our limited time, but I would definitely come back just to go up there and enjoy the view over the city
Written August 6, 2021
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saibot
Huntersville, NC428 contributions
Dec 2019
My son & I really enjoyed visiting this castle as there are lots of neat sections to visit in the old part. The "newer" parts are interesting as well, & their collection of artifacts & exhibits is impressive. Well worth the reasonable entrance fee. The cafe was also pretty good! Grounds were decorated for the holidays which was also nice. Highly recommended!
Written January 7, 2020
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GoTravel87
Arnhem, The Netherlands296 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Super nice old castle. Beautiful paintings on all the walls and some of the sealings. Most of the information is only available in Italian. You need at least an hour to see the whole castle.
(Precautions for covid-19 are good. You need to wear a mask ande your temperature is measured at the entrance)
Written August 16, 2020
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EleanorBuvby
Berlin, Germany28 contributions
Apr 2010
Unluckily to see the Twelve Months cycle you have to pay for the visit to the castle (7€) + 1€ for the tower. The castle's architecture and the garden are amazing, the collection quite boring.
The ticket for 4 castles in Trentino is 12€.
Written March 28, 2011
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Travelexpert3000
Austria255 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
The architecture, structure and garden of the castle are nice and interesting.

However, many of the descriptions are in Italian only, the guard at the entrance was not polite. Was arguing that I have to take pictures without flash although I had my camera still in the pocket...
Written August 4, 2019
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Anne J
Belfast, UK86 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We went to Trento for a day trip from Verona on the train. This castle is an easy walk from the train station through a charming small town with lots of nice shops and bars and restaurants.
The Castle is surprisingly large and you need a couple of hours to walk around and see the exhibits, Unsurprisingly most of the exhibits interpretive info is in Italian- but there are English printed sheets available so you can understand what it is all about. The castle has an ancient and more modern history in First World War.
I don’t think this visit is suitable for small children and families with pushchairs as a lot of stairs and the exhibits are for adults.
If you want to escape the tourists in Verona this is a lovely day out,
Written July 15, 2019
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy983 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
Originally built in the 13th century, it is an extensive monument encompassing several buildings from different centuries. The Castelvecchio core, located on the northern part, dates to the 13th century; next to it is the Magno Palazzo a 16th-century Renaissance addition wanted by the Prince Bishop Bernardo Clesio. To the south stands the Torre Aquila, a medieval tower decorated with a group of frescoes called the Cycle of the Months and considered as one of the most fascinating profane themes of the middle ages. After entering the premises, I head to the ticket office located close to the older Castelvecchio part and bought the entry ticket for 6 euros. I first entered the tight courtyard which was surrounded by rooms filled with archaeological remains dating to the early middle ages, including column decorations, statues, and stone fittings. As I ascended the stairs leading to the higher floors of the court, I admired the few remaining frescoes decorating the inner side of the walls. Once up I reached the impressive Loggia built in the Venetian Gothic style with beautiful arches overlooking the city. I then entered the large Bishops' room, filled with frescoed portraits of local bishops starting from the year 1000 until 1800. Annexed was also a small chapel with a few traces of the fresco dating to 1475 that used to fully cover its walls. In the two rooms were displayed some really nice ceramic stoves from the 17th and 18th centuries. Walking up one more level, to reach the top I visited the beautiful room with frescoes by Fogolino representing cherubs and some decorated wooden beams. From there a narrow corridor led to the 16th-century addition of the Magno Palazzo. I passed through and admired the large Sala Grande, with decorated beams and frescoes, and the Sala degli Specchi, circular in shape because hosted inside one of the towers, with rococo decorations from the 18th century. I then passed through the library, whose frescoes, unfortunately, are not in their best condition and after descending the Scala del Giardino, I reached the impressive Loggia del Romanino. This impressive arched hall was frescoed by the famous Girolamo Romanino in 1532 and features an array of Biblica stories and mythological figures excellently painted. Next to it opens up the Cortile dei Leoni, a nice small courtyard with two statues of lions which were once part of a 16th-century fountain and which gave the name to the courtyard. From there I entered several other rooms: the Camera del Torrion da Basso, with frescoes by Fogolino detailing the episode of the life of Julius Ceasar, the Stua delle figure, with terracotta decorations, the Sala delle Udienze, with frescoes by Romanino detailing Roman emperors and one depicting Charles V. Next on I passed and admired the Camera del Camin Nero, named so from a large and unfortunately lost black chimney, with a nice frescoed ceiling, the Stua della Famea, frescoed by Dosso and Battista Dossi, which used to be where the Tribunal tried and condemned to death the irredentist Cesare Battisti during WWI. From there I exited through a door and reached the nice garden of the castle. A small door led to the what used to be the prison of three irredentists: Battisti, Filzi, and Chiesa. All three of them were killed in the castle's moat.
Written February 19, 2019
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parmenia
Howell, NJ17 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
When you are taking the road from Venice to Milan turn north towards Lake Garda and you will see another part of Italy so different from Piedmont, Venice, Tuscany, Umbria, etc. It is a place for the wanderers who enjoy towns off the beaten path and Cities that combine Italian and Austrian Culture. If you visit Trento, and you should, reserve about 3 hours for for a delightful visit to this Castello. So much can be said about the different sections at the Castle, but my favorite and one of the 10 best I have ever enjoyed in Italy, is the Eagle Tower. The Cycle of Months is magnificent with images of court life and the lives of the peasantry in the Middle Ages. Do not miss this. My favorites were January with snow on the ground and the Autumn months showing activities of the harvest.
Written July 18, 2019
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HanJuh
Ulvila, Finland115 contributions
Nov 2019
Worth of visit. Architecture was interesting and museum exhibition part also. Not too big so we didn't get bored.
Written November 10, 2019
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dmcHouston
houston96 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Was told gardens were wheelchair accessible in email communication.found entrance for wheelchair and guard refused to open door. Demanded we go to ticket office which was up staircase. Ticket office sent us to the wheelchair entrance and guard said we had to ticket entrance with all those steps. No one cared and we had to leave.
Written September 21, 2019
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