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Trento

Italian comune
NameTrento
Official nameComune di Trento
CountryItaly
RegionTrentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
ProvinceTrentino (TN)
MayorAlessandro Andreatta
Total Area60.9 sq mi (157.9 km2)
Total Population115243 (November 30, 2009)
DemonymTrentini
Elevation623.4 ft (190 m)
Patron saintSt. Vigilius
Saint dayJune 26
Area code0461

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Trento (traditional English: Trent; , -itˈtrɛntopron or [ˈtrento]; local dialects: Trènt; ) is an Italian city located in the Adige River valley in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. It is the capital of Trentino. In the 16th century the city was the location of the Council of Trent.

Trento is a major educational, scientific, financial and political centre in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and Northern Italy in general. The University of Trento ranks highly out of Italy's top 30 colleges, coming 1st in the Italian Ministry of Education ranking, 1st in Engineering area according to Censis-La Repubblica ranking and 5th in the Il Sole 24 Ore ranking of Italian universities, and amongst the 500 best in the world according to the Times Higher Education, coming 252nd. The city contains a picturesque Medieval and Renaissance historic centre, with ancient buildings such as Trento Cathedral and the Castello del Buonconsiglio.

Modern-day Trento is a cosmopolitan city, with highly-developed and organized modern social services. The city often ranks extremely highly out of all 103 Italian cities for quality of life, standard of living, and business and job opportunities, coming 1st, 6th and 2nd respectively. Trento is also one of the nation's wealthiest and most prosperous, with its province being one of the richest in Italy, although poorer than its neighbours Lombardy and South Tyrol, with a GDP per capita of -29,500 and a GDP (nominal) of -14.878 billion.


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