Set amid hills and vineyards, Rovereto is in the center of Valle dell’Adige, along the main road linking Trento and Verona.
Science and Archaeology Museum – Fondazione Museo Civico
Forget the traditional museum that is just a showcase for artifacts!
The City Museum Foundation of Rovereto offers robotics workshops, astronomy lessons, excursions to discover dinosaur footprints, visits to the botanical gardens of Brentonico.
Go on a journey within the seven faces of science through the collections of the City Museum Foundation of Rovereto, one of the most ancient museums of Italy: archeology and art, botany and zoology, numismatics, earth science and astronomy. Here focus on historical collections merges with innovation.
City Museum of Rovereto – Museo della Città
The museum of common memory
It is the first place where the stories of Rovereto city are shared through the voices and faces of its protagonists, who remember their past, so that new and future generations will not forget.
Palazzo Sichardt, the historic site of City Museum Foundation, is the location of this museum, which dedicates its first exhibition to hospitality, beauty, talent and dedication.
The works of the city collections have been disposed as an interactive and interdisciplinary path, that tells the story of Rovereto, the beauty of its territory, the richness of its history and the talent of the characters that have made it important over time. History and memory, present and past, all mixed up in thematic itineraries where the objects become the center and recall personal memories.
The City Museum is interactive and sensorial, where the public is personally involved thanks to the use of new technologies. As a matter of fact, an app will help you to move easily through the exhibition.
Everyone can contribute to the growth of the museum, some generous citizens have already donate the showed objects, because the narration of the history of the city belongs to Rovereto citizens. It will be also possible for you to give your own memories and stories to the museum.
MART – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Mart is the centre of modern and contemporary art in Italy, it puts on large thematic exhibitions, the results of years of research, national and international temporary exhibitions and artistic programs on twentieth-century art periodically reconceived and renewed making use of its collections.
The museum has a collection of around 20,000 works among them paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. Among these you can admire masterpieces by Depero, De Chirico, Balla, Morandi, Fontana and international protagonists from Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt and Hamish Fulton to the more contemporary experimental artists of recent generations. In Mart’s collections are represented all of the major trends of the last century: Futurism, Novecento, Metaphysical Art, Abstract Art, Arte Povera, Conceptual Art, until the most recent art experiences.
Mart is one of the most important museums of modern and contemporary art of Italy.
Italy’s only futurist museum is in Trentino
In Rovereto discover the collection donated to the city by Fortunato Depero: intarsia inlays in fabric, furniture, “buxus” ornaments, toys and products of applied art.
Casa d’Arte Futurista Depero is an integral part of Mart. Born from artist Fortunato Depero’s incredibly original vision, it is the only futurist museum in Italy. Besides small thematic exhibitions, you will find a rich permanent collection throughout the halls of the museum. Admire the intarsia inlays in fabric, the furniture, the “buxus” ornaments, the toys and the products of applied art. Look closely at the works portraying significant moments of the artist’s vision: the theatrical beginnings, the dance models, the New York period between 1928 and 1929, the successful advertising and editorial production.
Casa d’Arte Futurista Depero is in the historic center of Rovereto, just a few steps from the castle, location of the War Museum. You can visit both with the Trento Rovereto Card, the access key to Trentino’s main museums and castles!
Italian War History Museum – Museo della Guerra
In the showcases you will find a rich collection of objects and photographs, material relating to trench warfare, flyers, posters and testimonies of the experiences of combatants and civilians.
The Italian War History Museum, founded in 1921, is located in the Castle of Rovereto. It boasts extensive documentation dealing not just with the military aspects, but also the cultural and social aspects of the First World War. The exhibition area, recently renovated, is dedicated to the fighting methods and the equipment of soldiers from the nineteenth century to the First World War.
In the showcases you will find a rich collection of objects and photographs, material relating to trench warfare, flyers, posters and testimonies of the experiences of combatants and civilians. In the castle towers you can see the collection of modern weapons (XVI-XVIII) and a collection of weapons and instruments from Prehistory to Medieval times.
The Museum of War hosts temporary exhibits dedicated to the memory of the Great War and of modern conflicts, educational activities for families and schools. Moreover, it also promotes study and research, oversees the publication of works which are historical and documentary in nature, participates in film-making.
In the past, the castle of Rovereto was home to Maria Dolens, the renowned Campana dei Caduti (memorial bell), now located in Colle di Miravalle. In its halls you can see the original chalk model.
Bell of the Fallen – Campana dei Caduti
In Rovereto the field of peace in remembrance of the fallen soldiers of every war
Cast with the bronze of the cannons of all the nations participating in World War I, it is the largest bell in the world to sound at full peal. Every evening at dusk, it’s 100 tolls are a testimony of world peace.
Born from an idea of Don Antonio Rossaro, Rovereto’s Campana dei Caduti (Bell of the Fallen) was cast in Trento in 1924 with the bronze of the cannons of the participating nations of the First World War. Baptized with the name Maria Dolens, it was placed on the Malipiero tower of Castello di Rovereto. The Bell, recast in Verona in 1939 was returned to Rovereto exactly one year later. In 1960, following a serious and irreparable crack, Maria Dolens was recast at the Capanni foundries in Castelnovo Né Monti (Reggio Emilia). The current bronze, blessed by Pope Paul VI, was placed on the Colle di Miravalle on November 4, 1965, from where it continues to tower over the entire city of Rovereto.
In the museum area you will find a permanent photographic exhibition and a short video about the history of the Campana dei Caduti. With an enjoyable stroll through the woods, from Colle di Miravalle you can reach Castel Dante Shrine, which holds the remains of 20,000 soldiers.
Castel Dante Monumental Shrine – Sacrario Castel Dante
The final resting place of 20,000 soldiers in Trentino
Sacrario monumentale di Casteldante is a monumental building, built in 1938 on a hill which renders it visible from the entire Vallagarina. Watched over by the Campana dei Caduti (Bell of the Fallen Soldiers), there are more than 20,000 Italian, Austrian, Czech and Hungarian soldiers, known and unknown, placed here from various war cemeteries which stood along the surrounding mountains.
On the upper floor you will find the altars and tombs of Damiano Chiesa and Fabio Filzi. On the ground floor, there is a tombstone and an eternal flame in memory of the gold medals of the Trento Legion. There, you can consult the register of the known fallen soldiers buried in the War Memorial. You can see a few military works along the sides of the access road.
Lungo Leno Walk
If you like nature and nice walks, take the chance to walk along Leno river on the cycle line. It will give you the opportunity to take a break from the city and enjoy the view of the beautiful Trentino mountains.
Hermitage of San Colombano – Eremo di San Colombano
Architectural wonder on a sheer cliff above the stream Leno
The hermitage is located in Trambileno, 3 kilometers far from Rovereto, and can be reached by climbing up a short path and a stairway of 102 steps carved into the rock. The hermitage of San Colombano is built halfway up a sheer cliff face of approximately 120 metres high. Sheltered by a roof of natural rock, it is dedicated to the saint who, according to legend, as a young knight killed the dragon that caused the death of children baptized in the waters of the river Leno below. The Hermitage appears to have been inhabited since 753, the construction of the church and the annexed hermitage dates back to the tenth century.
The opening of the hermitage to the public is managed by a group of volunteers from the Comitato Amici di San Colombano (Friends of Saint Columbanus Committee). The Hermitage is the starting point of the route “The treasures of Trambileno”.