TRENTO

THE CASTLES IN TRENTINO



 

 

 

          

                                 Thun Castle



Situated in Vigo di Ton (and closed on Mondays) this is one of the most beautiful examples of Trentino castle architecture. From a position which dominates the entire Valle di Non, it was built towards the middle of the 8th century.
It was home to one of the most powerful families of the Trentino, the Thun family, who lived there until 1992. Important features of the castle are the Spanish door and the Bishop's room. Today it is the annexe to the Buonconsiglio Museum.


 

 

 

 

 

   
                           Rovereto Castle


The important home of the Historical Italian War Museum, Castel Rovereto is a medieval fortress which claims an important place in history. It was begun by   the Counts of Castelbarco between the end of the 8th and the beginning of the 9th century as the feudal garrison of the Vallagarina. Nowadays the Rovereto Castle owns a display of carriages used by Francesco Giuseppe. Here, until 1961, the "Maria Dolens" was stored. The bell for the fallen is today situated on the Miravalle hill and is renowned as the bell of peace. Closed on Mondays.

 

 

 

 

 

                             Beseno Castle


The most extensive fortified complex of the Trentino region is home these days to displays and costumed shows of great success. It dominates the Adige valley and is exactly halfway between Trento and Rovereto. It was the scene of historical battles between the Trentini, Veronesi and Venetians, and was donated by its owners, the Trapp Counts, to the province of Trento in 1973. The powder house, the clock tower and the granary are the significant places of the feudal complex.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

                             Noarna Castle

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t is situated in Nogaredo and was the scene of a famous witch trial which resulted in the burning at the stake of five women. The castle also dominates the Vallagarina, and today is a famous wine cellar with over 35,000 bottles of wine. In the San Ruperto chapel you can admire the frescoes commissioned by the architect Solari, who designed its construction in perfect baroque style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 Sabbionara d'Avio Castle

The surrounding walls, the five towers, the main palace and the imposing keep mean that FAI, the Foundation for the Italian Environment, numbers it amongst its assets. The guard house contains 13th century frescoes displaying war scenes, whilst in the famous "Room of Love," situated in the keep, you can find others one of rare beauty. It is said to have welcomed the newlyweds Autari and Teodolinda. After the Counts of Castelbarco ceded the castle to the Venetians, which was later given back to them in the 17. century, the Sabbionara d’Avio Castle was subsequently donated to FAI. It is open from March to September from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           Stenico Castle

 

Nowadays home exhibition of the Buonconsiglio Museum, Stenico Castle stands as the bulwark of the Giudicarie valley. It was built more than two thousand years ago by the ancient population of the "Stoni." Its history is linked to the Lord Bishops of Trento, who administrated justice from there. The legend of the tower of "hunger" claims that the prisoners were left to starve, and their souls are said to still wander listlessly at full moon nights. In 1829 the castle was the seat of the Royal Judgment of the Valleys. It can be visited on Saturdays and Sundays only from 20th November to 5th March, from 9.30 am to 5pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     Buonconsiglio Castle

Situated in Trento, this is the prime complex of the Trentino region. It was the ancient residence of the lord bishops from the second half of the 8th century until 1803. 
The Buonconsiglio Castle owes its name to meeting of the communities living there (historically known as "Malconsey", the small hill from which it emerged). From "castrum romanum" to fortress, it was there where the Italian Irredentists Cesare Battisti, Fabio Filzi and Damiano Chiesa were tried. It is owned now by the Province of Trento which received it from the Italian State in 1974. Today the Buonconsiglio Castle is host to the Provincial Art Museum. The Torre d'Aquila, the frescoes of the Great Hall, the reliquary of S. Apollinare are some of the remarkable features that can be seen there.
Open from May 15th to 18th November, from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays which are not public holidays, December 25th and 1st January.

           

 

 

 

 

                           Toblino Castle

A 16th century fortress surrounded by the lake of the same name, it is probably the best-known castle in Trentino. It was erected on a peninsula from which the lake can be admired, and today operates as a bar and restaurant. As all the other castles, also this one boasts some legends: the castle is in fact said to have been inhabited by fairies. As prove to this fact, there’s also a stone in the side porch , which has been defined as a unique example of the Epigraphic Roman age by the archeologist Paolo Orsi. It was completely rebuilt in the 16th century and became a very appreciated residence of the Lord Bishops of Trento, especially of the Madruzzis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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