Home for a millenium to Prince Bishops who turned the Buonconsiglio castle into one od the best known castles in the whole of Europe, Trento is today the capital of Trentino and a case of exemplary autonomy and self government, still to be seen today in every corner of its historical centre. In fact, t
he city contains a picturesque Medieval and Renaissance historic centre, with ancient buildings such as Trento Cathedral and the Castello del Buonconsiglio. An incredibily rich museum offer covering many fields, from art to history, tradition and science, with science being protagonist at the opening of MUSE, the very modern centre designed by Renzo Piano. Unforgettable experiences can be lived in Trento's museums! More info are avilable on the official website of the Trento tourist office.

Modern-day Trento is a cosmopolitan city, with highly developed and organized modern social services becoming an educational, scientific, financial and political centre in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, in Tyrol and Northern Italy in general. The city often ranks extremely highly out of all 103 Italian cities for quality of life, standard of living, and business and job opportunities.

The Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK) inherits the activities of the Istituto Trentino di Cultura, which was based on the ideas of Bruno Kessler, a long-time member of the local government and founder of the University of Trento. Established by a law of the Autonomous Province of Trento, FBK operates as private entity. FBK is charged with keeping the province of Trento in the mainstream of European and international research. It does so by attracting women, men and resources at the forefront of technological development and humanities studies. The foundation is also involved in bringing together natural and human sciences, a sign of recognition of the challenges faced by the knowledge society.


Over 350 researchers, 220 between students working on their theses, doctorate students and visiting professors combined;  7 international state-of-the-art research centers; 7 laboratories, among which the MT-LAB fitted out for the design and production of silicon devices; 14 between spin-offs and start-ups combined; a library specialized in historical and philosophical-theological sciences with over 250.000 volumes. These are the numbers of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), which conducts research activities in the fields of Information, Materials and Microsystems Technologies, theoretical Physics, Mathematics, Historical Italian-German Studies and Religious Sciences. Additionally, through its network, FBK deals with research in the communications and public policies sector.