Trento, Museo Diocesano Tridentino, inv. 4034

[ Archivio Museo Diocesano Tridentino]

The history of Trentino can be traced back to the first prehistoric finds dating between 9000 and 4500 years b.C. But it may be said that the history of the community of Trentino has defined its identity only after Christianity took root in the region. This happened between the fourth and the fifth century, at the time of St. Vigilius, bishop of Trento. The domination of the Goths, the Lombards and the Franks over three centuries shaped Trentino’s cultural heterogeneity, which was unique for that time. At the beginning of the year 1000, the Prince Bishopric of Trento came into being; such institution marked Trentino’s history for more than 800 years.

The Trento Tunnels are just what the name suggests: two former highway tunnels reconverted into a history museum. They are less a museum than a space dedicated to history. A space devoted to Trentino’s history and population, to the reasons for its autonomy.