1 Piazza Tre Novembre
“Arco's reason to exist is quite eye catching. It is the same reason why swallows build their nest safely under the eaves, so deeply natural a reason that other historical circumstances result of secondary importance. The words of the scholars that emerge from Lombard, Roman, Etruscan documents, are like the chirping of crickets in the manic summer reality. The basin of Arco is solemn and maternal as a womb. (…) The same physical wellness that Arco offers to its guests seems to stem not from the miraculous climate, but from the daily possibility of aesthetic surprises, from the daily experience of clear beauty. It doesn't surprise, when one considers such eurythmics of the landscape, that the apogee of humanist in Trentino bloomed especially in Arco, in the 16th century circles of Nicolò d'Arco, the chief Latin poet of the region. Arco would have been, in a kind of cosmic predestination, a sort of Magna Grecia of Trentino, open to an aesthetic happiness which here is one thing with the happiness of life. As testimonies of such happiness public monuments of evocative beauty remain, like the Collegiata church of the XVII century, in Palladian style, the Counts' palaces with frescoes of the 15th century, the ruins of the old castle, dominant on the entire valley.”
The ancient Collegiata church still stood on the square of Arco, at the end of the XV century, later destroyed to make place for a new construction by Giovanni Maria Filippi, also strongly wanted by the Count of Arco Giovanni Vincenzo, which still stands there nowadays. The buildings and the fountain surely did not look like they do today, due to restorations and new constructions over the years. We know from the Venetian Marin Sanuto that around 1480 the Count of Arco Francesco built for himself and his family the Palazzo Nuovo, now called Palazzo Marcabruni-Giuliani: the structure and particularly the facade have been reconstructed during the XVII century, but we also know that the old palace had a porch, open to the citizens for public councils and meetings.