Trento is located in the Adige River valley in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. It is the capital of Trentino (Welschtirol/Italian Tyrol). In the 16th century, it was the location of the Council of Trent. Trento is an educational, scientific, financial and political center in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and Northern Italy in general. The University of Trento ranks highly out of Italy’s top 30, coming 1st in the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research ranking, 2nd according to Censis ranking, and 5th in the Il Sole 24 Ore ranking of Italian universities. The city contains a picturesque Medieval and Renaissance historic center with ancient buildings such as Trento Cathedral and the Castello del Buonconsiglio.
Modern-day Trento is a cosmopolitan city, with highly-developed, modern social services. The city often ranks extremely high 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, its province being one of the richest in Italy, although poorer than its neighbors Lombardy and South Tyrol, with a GDP per capita of €29,500 and a GDP (nominal) of €14.878 billion.