Rovereto is a city and comune in Trentino in northern Italy
Italy , officially the Italian Republic languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Italy's official name is as follows:;;;;;;;;), is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and...

, located in the Vallagarina
The Lagarina Valley is a valley in northern Italy, used to define the lower mountain course of the Adige River. It is mostly included in the province of Trentino, with the lower section being part of the province of Verona. The largest town is Rovereto....

 valley of the Adige River.


Rovereto was an ancient fortress town standing at the frontier between the bishopric of Trento - an independent state until 1797 - and the republic of Venice
Republic of Venice
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, and later between Austrian Tyrol and Italy.

Main sights

  • The castle, built by the counts of Castelbarco in the 13th-14th centuries, and later enlarged by the Venetians during their rule of Rovereto.
  • The mighty bell Maria Dolens, one of the largest outside Russia and East Asia, and the second-largest swinging bell in the world after the St. Peter's Bell of the Cologne Cathedral. Maria Dolens ("the grieving Virgin Mary") was built under the inspiration of a local priest, between 1918 and 1925, to commemorate the fallen in all wars, and to this day it sounds for the dead every day. Originally a patriotic rather than pacifist idea, it is today regarded as a shrine to peace.
  • MART, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto offers temporary exhibitions, educational activities, and has a remarkable permanent collection.

In the area of Lavini di Marco footprints of dinosaurs have been found. The species have been identified as the herbivorous Camptosaurus
Camptosaurus is a genus of plant-eating, beaked ornithischian dinosaurs of the Late Jurassic period of western North America. The name means 'flexible lizard', ....

and carnivorous Dilophosaurus
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Marco also hosts a large landslide which has been reported by Dante Alighieri
Dante Alighieri
Durante degli Alighieri, mononymously referred to as Dante , was an Italian poet, prose writer, literary theorist, moral philosopher, and political thinker. He is best known for the monumental epic poem La commedia, later named La divina commedia ...

 in his Divina Commedia: "Qual è quella ruina che nel fianco di qua da Trento l'Adice percosse, o per tremoto o per sostegno manco" (Inferno, canto XII).


In the past Rovereto was an important centre for the manufacture of silk
Silk is a natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. The best-known type of silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori reared in captivity...

. Current production include those of wine, rubber, chocolate, glasses and coffee.

Rovereto is the birthplace (1941) of Sferoflex eyeglasses, now taken over by Luxottica
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. Other relevant companies located in Rovereto are Marangoni Pneumatici, Lepetit, Cioccolato Cisa, Metalsistem.


Rovereto railway station
Rovereto railway station
Rovereto railway station serves the city and comune of Rovereto, in the autonomous province of Trentino, northeastern Italy. Opened in 1859, it forms part of the Brenner railway, which links Verona with Innsbruck....

, opened in 1859, forms part of the Brenner railway
Brenner railway
The Brenner Railway is a major line connecting the Austrian and Italian railways from Innsbruck and Verona climbing the Wipptal , passing over the Brenner Pass and descending down the Eisack Valley to Bolzano and then down the Adige Valley from Bolzano to Rovereto and from there along the...

, which links Verona
Verona Porta Nuova railway station
Verona Porta Nuova is the main railway station of the Italian city of Verona near the city centre in the square of Piazzale 25 Aprile. It was originally opened in 1852, but was substantially rebuilt between 1910 and 1922. It was rebuilt again between 1946 and 1949 after being largely destroyed by...

 with Innsbruck
Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof
is the Hauptbahnhof at Innsbruck, the capital city of the Austrian federal state of Tyrol. Opened in 1853, it is one of the country's busiest railway stations, with around 25,000 passenger movements daily....


Notable people

  • Antonio Rosmini-Serbati
    Antonio Rosmini-Serbati
    Blessed Antonio Rosmini-Serbati was an Italian Roman Catholic priest and philosopher. He founded the Rosminians, officially the Institute of Charity or Societas a charitate nuncupata.-Biography:...

     (1797–1855), priest and philosopher
  • Gustavo Venturi
    Gustavo Venturi
    Gustavo Venturi was an Italian bryologist who was a native of Rovereto.After graduating with a law degree, Venturi worked as an attorney in Trento, where he researched bryology as a hobby...

     (1830–1898), a bryologist whose herbarium
    In botany, a herbarium – sometimes known by the Anglicized term herbar – is a collection of preserved plant specimens. These specimens may be whole plants or plant parts: these will usually be in a dried form, mounted on a sheet, but depending upon the material may also be kept in...

     is now kept at the Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali in Trento
    Trento is an Italian city located in the Adige River valley in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. It is the capital of Trentino...

  • Armando Aste
    Armando Aste
    Armando Aste is one of the most influential Italian alpinists of the postwar period.Aste was born in Rovereto near Trento, Trentino. He led the first Italian ascent of the Eiger north face in 1962, together with Pierlorenzo Acquistapace, Gildo Airoldi, Andrea Mellano, Romano Perego and Franco Solina...

     (born 6 January 1926), influential Italian alpinist
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     of the postwar period
  • Valerio Fioravanti
    Valerio Fioravanti
    Giuseppe Valerio Fioravanti is an Italian former child actor and terrorist, founder of the neo-fascist terrorist group Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari....

     (born 28 March 1958), founder of the neo-fascist terrorist group Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari
    Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari
    The Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari was an Italian neofascist terrorist organization active from 1977 to November 1981. It committed 33 murders in four years, and had planned to assassinate Francesco Cossiga, Gianfranco Fini and Adolfo Urso...

  • Marco Martinelli
    Marco Martinelli
    Marco Martinelli is a former Italian volleyball player, who later became a volleyball coach. He earned a total number of 155 caps for the Men's National Team, and made his debut on 22 May 1987 in Montichiari against Poland.-References:...

     (born 1965), a former volleyball
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     player who earned 155 caps for the Italy men's national volleyball team
    Italy men's national volleyball team
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  • Paolo Seganti
    Paolo Seganti
    Paolo Seganti , is an Italian actor and model, known for playing as Damian Grimaldi in the television soap opera As the World Turns....

     (born 20 May 1965), actor
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    , author
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  • Elena Tonetta
    Elena Tonetta
    Elena Tonetta is an Italian archer.In 2005 she was the Junior European Champion, winning at Silkeborg . She won the second place in the final of the Junior World Cup, at Mérida in 2006...

     (born 1988), archer
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     and 2005 Junior European Champion
  • Girolamo Tartarotti
    Girolamo Tartarotti
    Girolamo Tartarotti was an Italian author.He is notable for his Congresso notturno delle lammie and Apologia del Congresso notturno delle lammie in which he attacked belief in the existence of witches as depicted by the Church. Tartarotti rejected the idea of supernatural powers related to the...

     (born 1706), author
    An author is broadly defined as "the person who originates or gives existence to anything" and that authorship determines responsibility for what is created. Narrowly defined, an author is the originator of any written work.-Legal significance:...

  • Riccardo Zandonai
    Riccardo Zandonai
    Riccardo Zandonai was an Italian composer.-Biography:Zandonai was born in Borgo Sacco, Rovereto, then part of Austria–Hungary....

     (born 1883), composer
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Twin towns

Bento Gonçalves
Bento Gonçalves
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, Brazil Dolní Dobrouč
Dolní Dobrouc
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, Czech Republic Forchheim
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, Germany Kufstein
Kufstein is a city in Tyrol, Austria, located along the river Inn, in the lower Inn valley, near the border with Bavaria, Germany, and is the site of a post World War II French sector United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Displaced Persons camp.Kufstein is the second largest city...

, Austria

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