Beseno Castle occupies an entire hilltop dominating the Valle dell'Adige, between Rovereto and Trento. It is the largest fortified complex in Trentino and today a most fascinating showcase for exhibitions and shows.

Many historical battles, from the wars between fractions with the Veronesi in the 12th and 13th centuries to the battle of 1487 between Trentino troops and the Venetians, as well as the armed battles between the French revolutionists and the Austrians in the two world wars, took place in this fortress. In 1973 the Trapp counts donated Castel Beseno to the Autonomous Province of Trento which carried out extensive re-construction works.The large lunated ramparts distinguishing Castel Beseno go back to the 16th century. The main doorway had a drawbridge and when entering the castle you can still see three gunports in the first courtyard.

Besides its grandeur this castle captures the visitors' attention because of its evocative and fascinating atmosphere. Temporary exhibitions, cultural events and period costume pageants are held here, in the exceptional scenario of the vast Campo dei Tornei (Tournament Field) which is currently a well-groomed garden.  In the large square the gunpowder deposit house now holds a room for visitor information and audiovisual projections. To the side you can see the clock tower and the hayloft. Beyond the central part of the Castle you reach the castle dwellers' residence. The feudal complex originally was made up by three turreted nuclei on the two extreme rises of the hill. The Casa del Vescovo (House of the Bishop) and Palazzo nuovo (New Palace) are located in the third nucleus.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Alberto Marcato (22 months ago)
Lovely place. Good for family
Andrea Venturini (22 months ago)
We have spent our afternoon at this castle. It's very beautiful. There are some medieval shapes that you can use for taking pictures. The kids can have some fun with some medieval toys. The panorama is also very beautiful.
Mohamed Soubhi Dachan (2 years ago)
A very beautiful and large castle of medieval period well noted for the strange role from the people of Trento whom defect the Serenissima (Venetian extended Republic) republic by stopping them in taking more land in Trentino. Amazing view and there are many historical armored battle clothes , medieval army equipment etc..
Beatriz Eugenia Figueroa Mariscal (2 years ago)
Really Cool Landscape from the Castle and Nice ,Friendly people . Totaly recomend the place. You would find down hill a Restaurant with delicious Meal and Wine. And good price.p
Michele Zilli (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle to visit restored in a wonderful way. The entrance ticket is ok, 7 euro, but you can buy a pass to all the other castles in the region. We spent a few hours visiting with kids and had a lot of fun, you can try and wear medieval armors. Inside there is a small bar with hit sandwiches, very good, and local beers.
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