Trentino’s largest fortress
Castel Beseno, just 10 minutes from Rovereto, is a castle with strong defensive walls. Its strategic location atop a high hill offers a magnificent view of the Vallagarina.
Castel Beseno stands atop a hill between Rovereto and Trento, in the town of Besenello. Thanks to its strategic location along the road connecting Italy to Central Europe by crossing the Alps, it was the scene of important battles. Among which, the famous Battle of Calliano of 1487, fought between Tyrolean and Venetian troops who suffered a resounding defeat in their advance toward Trento. In 1973, the Count Trapp family, owners since 1470, donated the castle to the autonomous Province of Trento, which oversaw its restoration.
Today the castle is open to the public. We invite you to visit the permanent exhibition, in the halls of Palazzo di Marcabruno, which illustrates the Battle of Calliano, by means of reconstructions, videos and models. Observe the copy of the tombstone of the famous warlord Roberto da Sanseverino, who lost his life in this battle. Also notice the painted crests in remembrance of Tyrolean noble who fought in the battle, the first to see the terrible Landsknechts come onto to scene. Then try on and handle the weaponry of the period between the 15th and 17th centuries, and discover all the combat techniques of that time.
Stroll along the broad tournament field, along the silvery ramparts. Enter the patrol walkway through the dark door, and enjoy the marvelous view of the Adige valley to the west, and glimpses of the Cimbri highlands, gateway to the Vicentino. Cross Piazza Grande overlooking Palazzo Comitale, the elegant residence of the Trapp family.
Castel Beseno hosts temporary exhibitions, events, shows and historical re-enactments.
Info and map
38060 Besenello (TN)
T: +39 0464 834600
F: +39 0461 239497
Opening hours 2023
- From Saturday, December 17, 2022, to Sunday, January 8, 2023, open Tuesday through Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- From Tuesday, January 10, 2023 to Sunday, March 19 open only Saturday and Sunday with hours 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 21, 2023 to Sunday, April 30, 2023 open Tuesday through Sunday with hours 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- From Monday, May 1, 2023 to Sunday, November 5, 2023 open Tuesday through Sunday with hours 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 7, 2023 to Friday, December 15, 2023 open only Saturday and Sunday with hours 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- From Saturday, December 16, 2023 to Sunday, January 7, 2024 open Tuesday through Sunday with hours 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed all non-holiday Mondays, December 25 and January 1
- Monday, January 2, 2023; Monday, April 24, 2023; Monday, May 1, 2023; Monday, August 14, 2023; Friday, December 8; all Monday holidays
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
- full € 7
- reduced € 5 (over 65, groups of at least 15 people, affiliated members and members of institutions affiliated with the museum)
- reduced € 4 (students between 15 and 26 years old upon presentation of the student’s card)
- educational activity for families € 8
- educational service for school groups € 3
Free admission for:
- accompanying teachers of school groups visiting the Museum, or otherwise accredited at the Museum
- tourist guides and interpreters in the exercise of their profession
- handicapped people and their carers
- police forces upon presentation of the card
- journalists accredited to the Museum
- professionals in the cultural heritage and activities sector accredited at the Museum and equipped with an identification card and other affiliated entities
- children up to 14 years of age
- groups of students from all schools levels, state and non-state, of all levels
- owners of Museum Pass card and Trentino Guest Card.
- Every first Sunday of the month from October to March free entry for all visitors
Guided tours on request: +39 0461 492811 (from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm)
Guided tours for school groups: +39 0461 492811 (from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm)