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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Alexander Öberg (10 months ago)
Lovely castle with a massive collection of historical weapons.
Mr Vinther (10 months ago)
beautiful old castel, beautiful area and a great view of the entire area
George Dolack (11 months ago)
Hands down, the coolest castle I've ever been to! It is very well kept, and they have a bar for refreshments inside as well as outside. This is well worth the 7€ entrance fee!
patricia MacMillan (12 months ago)
Made our reservation online the same day we visited. The visit is well worth and well organized. The views from the walls are spectacular. We then went to the restaurant located next to the parking area, very good food!
Mike Lorusso (2 years ago)
A huge structure with many rooms to visit. A Thorough visit takes more than an hour
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