Torre Vanga was built on a pre-existing fortification by the prince-bishop Federico Vanga, in the first years of his episcopate (1209-1218).
The crenellated adjacent structure, with triple lancet windows, is a later extension of the tower. A covered wooden bridge connected the structure to the opposite bank of the river, where the Abbey of San Lorenzo was located.
During the revolt of 1407, the prince-bishop George of Liechtenstein was imprisoned in the tower. In the following centuries, Torre Vanga was used as a prison. The square windows date back to this period.
Today, the tower is used as an exhibition venue by the MART (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Roveto) and by the Superintendence for the Historical and Artistic Heritage of the Autonomous Province of Trento.
Torre Vanga is also the temporary seat of the National Historical Museum of the Alpine Soldiers (Museo Storico degli Alpini). The museum introduces the visitors to the fascinating history of the elite mountain corps of the Italian Army. The exhibitions include papers, publications and illustrations, as well as valuable portraits of generals and commanders.
HOW TO GET THERE
Torre Vanga is located on the homonymous street, about 350 meters away from the Trento railway station. The closest bus stop is Cavalcavia San Lorenzo, located about 150 meters away, on the bus Lines 1, 6 and 8. To find the tower on foot, use the map below.