The historical centre boasts a typical Venetian layout consisting of narrow lanes, small streets and squares. The ancient walls date back to the Middle Ages, while the 19th century palazzos were built by rich silk traders.
Since 2002, year in which MART, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art was opened, Rovereto has become one of the most renowned cultural hubs for modern art in Europe. Another highlight of the town is Fortunato Depero, one of the leaders of the Italian Futurism movement as well as one of its citizen. The year 2009 celebrates the first centenary of Futurism, and Rovereto commemorates Depero with the re-opening of his Futurist Art House.
In 2006, Rovereto was awarded the title of "City of Peace" for its commitment to and interest in commemorating WWI. The Italian War History Museum and the Bell of the Fallen and of Peace attract history buffs from all over the world.
Every year Rovereto is the venue for many important events, such as the Festival Futuro Presente and Oriente Occidente, the both of them renowned worldwide and attended by visitors and citizens alike.