Trento lies at 190 metres altitude in the wide glacial Adige river valley, in the heart of the natural and historical itineraries between lake Garda and the Dolomites. The city has a rich history and represents a crossroads between the contrasting cultures of the Mediterranean world and Northern Europe. Thanks to its positions, the area has developed with an open-minded outlook towards the outside world and increased its potentials in terms of resources and opportunities.
Originally a Roman city, it became famous for the Council (1545 -1563) which gave rise to the counter – Reformation. The artistic and historical heritage of the city 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.
The cultural and social life is marked out by many events such as exhibitions, traditional costume festivals, typical markets, historical and international festivals. These events usually take place in the city centre but also up in the mountains as the popular Sounds of Dolomites, a seducing music festival that each summer attracts thousands of visitors.
Trento and its surroundings are full of extraordinary beauty, with unique mountains (the Dolomites were included in Unesco World Heritage in 2009) and nearly 300 lakes, scattered across the region and offering a mouthwatering range of holiday experiences. Visitors can take a break from the ordinary life and enjoy the relaxing natural environment but the region also offers a unique opportunity to people who prefer a more action-packed experience and exciting outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, windsurfing, rafting or climbing.
The Doctoral School is in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (DICAM), that is located in a beautiful spot on the east slopes of Trento, surrounded by Mesiano park.
How to reach Trento
Trento is very easy to reach by car or train from Austria (150 km south of Innsbruck) and from Verona (90 km north of Verona).
Frequent trains connect Milano, Venice, Bologna to Trento through Verona.
By plane, the nearest and most convenient airport is Verona Airport, 15 minutes from the Verona train station. It is connected by daily flights with London, Paris, Munich, Rome and many other cities.
The following further airports are alternative possibilities:
Trento is connected with the main airports by the A22 Brennero Motorway and by the railway.
A shuttle service to reach the centre of Milan is guaranteed for travellers arriving in Malpensa and Linate. Buses leave every 20-30 minutes 24 hours a day.
For those arriving in Bergamo (Orio al Serio airport) there is a shuttle bus service to Bergamo railway station, leaving every 15 minutes from 6.05 to 00.15; to Milano Centrale railway station leaving every 20 minutes from 04.30 to 01.00 and to Brescia railway station.
For those arriving in Venice (Marco Polo Airport) there are buses to Venezia-Santa Lucia and Mestre-Venezia railways stations.
How to reach us from Trento
Bus: the quickest route up the hill from the city center is Bus no. 5. The trip takes about 10-15 minutes. You can board at the "Piazza Dante" stop in front of the train station, at the "Rosmini S.Maria Maggiore" stop or at "Piazza Venezia" stop. Get off at "Mesiano - Facoltà Ingegneria" stop just in front of our Department. Route times are displayed at every stop. The stop names are shown on bus stop placards.
Tickets can be purchased at news stands. Get them before boarding.
NB We advise you to buy your return tickets downtown as they are not available at the Department.
The bus leaves every 20 min. Trentino Trasporti bus service link
Train: Valsugana line (direction Borgo-Bassano) from the Central train station (10 minutes trip). Stop at Mesiano-Povo. From there you can reach the Department in less than 5 minutes walking.
On foot: a nice walk from the centre of Trento, along Via Grazioli and then on the path to Povo, crossing the Fersina creek on an ancient stone bridge (30-35 minutes).
Bicycle: the same way as on foot (time depends on your training, the road is steep).
Car: Here's a good link for getting detailed driving directions.