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January 2021

Liubljana and day trips.



Ljubljana is the capitol city of Slovenia. It is also its bigger city.

I visited it long ago and I liked it much. Its old core is compact and easy to navigate.


The main square in Ljubljana is the Preseren square. Here you can see the Franciscan church. A red - pink church. It was built between 1646 and 1660 on the fundations of a previous church.

From this square you could start to explore Ljubljana.



The Ljubljanjca river flows through the center of of Ljubljana. It is crossed by 17 bridges. The most popular of them are the Triple bridge, the Dragon bridge and the Cobblers' bridge.



The Triple bridge is formed by three bridges. The central one has stood in its place since 1842, It replaced an old Medieval bridge. Between 1929 and 1932 two side bridges were added to the original stone bridge from a design by the architect Joze Plecnik.


The Dragon bridge was constructed in 1901 over a wooden one which was built in 1819. Four green dragons statues stand at its four corners.

The Cobblers' bridge, or shoemaker' s bridge was named for the shoemakers whose booths once occupied the bridge.


There is a large market in this city. The central market. It was designed by Joze Plecnik between 1940 and 1944.

It is made by a covered market and an open one.


Here you can find almost everything you like.


Cruises on the Ljubljanica river are scheduled all the year; even in the winter. The boats used for these trips are heated.


Departures for these boat trips start from Ribji trg pier. If you buy a Ljubljana card you are entitled to a free of charge ride.


The castle is one of the main sights in Ljubljana.

Its first construction began in the 9th century; except the Chapel of S. George that was consecrated in 1489. The other buildings were built or rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The castle was used as fortress, garrison, prison and apartments block. Today it is a site of exibitions, weddings and various cultural events.


Entering the castle area is free of charge. You have to pay a fee to climb the lookout tower and to watch the 3D show about the story of the city.

From the top of the lookout tower you will enjoy the landscape over Ljubljana and surroundings.

Inside the castle there is a cafe, toilets and a souvenirs shop.


We travelled to the castle by a tourist train. There is also a funicular to get there.


Restaurant Sokol is one of the most popular places to have a good meal in Ljulbjana. I have been therer some times.

It is situated in the city center.


Tivoli Park is a good place to have a rest. It is a very large park.


There is a small lakem, a playground area for kids and some buildings into the park.


Skofja Loka is one of the most ancient towns in Slovenia. There is a castle here. It was built before 1202 and rebuilt after the earthquake of 1511. Today it hosts an archaeological, ethnological and historical collection of items.


Other things worth a look in this town are; the capuchin' s bridge, Homan' s House ( there is a cafe - restaurant inside) and some churches.

Homan House.


I attended an interesting event some years ago in Skofja Loka; the Venus Trail. It is a Medieval festival with music, stalls and other happenings.


This event is held in seven Slovene towns every year.

The idea about it came from a poem about a 13th century's knight and ministrel who dressed as a woman and travelled 52 towns of what are now located in four countries; Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Czech Republic.



The Venus Trail is usually scheduled the last weekend of june every year in Skofja Loka.


Bled is a village situated in northwestern Slovenia. It is well known for its lake.

On this lake there is the only island in Slovenia. There is a church on it. It dates from the 17th century and it was built on an earlier church from the 9th century.


Bled has also a castle. It is said this is the most ancient castle in Slovenia.


After a long stroll on the path looking on the lake I went to Slastcarna (confectionery) Smon and had a kremna rezina.

This is typical cake from Bled. It is made of a layer of vanilla custard and another of whipped cream between two layers of flaky pastry.

I had lunch at a restaurant opposite the bus stop. I think its name was Pla Princu. I had a very good rice with seafood.

Both Skofja Loka and Bed are easily reachable from Ljubljana by coach.

Posted by Maurizioagos 11:49 Archived in Slovenia Tagged slovenia ljubljana skofja loka bled. Comments (10)

A shrine and a beautiful castle.

Saint Romedius shrine and Castel Valer.


There are two unmissable sight you shouldn' t miss if you visit the Val di Non.

Val di Non is one of the many valleys situated in Trentino Alto Adige region. It is the Italian region where I live.


Saint Romedius is a group of five churches built from the year 1000 to 1918. These are linked by a stairway of 131 steps.

This shrine is located on a rock into a wood and above the village of Sanzeno.


The older church here dates to the XI century. It was built over the tomb of saint Romedius.

Romedius was a son of a Tyrolean count. He chose to retire in solitude in a rock cave.



According the legend; saint Romedius planned to go to Trento in order to visit a friend of him; saint Vigilius.

Riding his horse he bumped into a bear. The bear attacked the horse and killed it. Romedius tamed the bear; ride it and went to Trento.


All the churches have frescoes, paintings and various art works. You can easily spend several hours inside this worship place.

Outside every church there is a plaque where you can read the year of construction and to whom it is dedicated.


Among the facilities here you will find the lavatories, a cafe and a souvenirs shop. You can also spend some nights inside this shrine,


Castle Valer overlooks the village of Tassullo in the Non valley. In fact, it is situated on a hill.

Probably its name comes from Valerio di Treviri; a saint and bishop whose chapel dedicated to him is housed inside the castle.


This castle was built in 1211; modified and enlarged through the centuries. It belonged to several families.

It has been continuously inhabited by the Spaur family from 1368.


Castle Valer is made of two parts; Castel di Sotto; the lower castle is the older area of this building. Castel di Sopra; the upper castle; is made of buildings dated to the XV century.


On the first floor of the upper castle you will see a kitchen; and some rooms pannelled with wood. On its second floor your guide will show you a large room (salone degli stemmi) dated to the XV century; a beautiful loggia and other rooms.


The chapel of saint Valerio was frescoed in the 1473. Its inner walls are almost covered with beautiful frescoes painted by two brothers who lived near Bergamo. Giovanni and Battista Baschenis.


The visit to the castle is possible only by a guided tour. It is not possible to take pics inside the castle; even in the courtyard. Unfortunately.

All the pics of the castle (except this one that was taken by me) were taken by a friend of mine; Miriam Gasperi. Thanks again Miriam!

Posted by Maurizioagos 11:22 Archived in Italy Tagged san di non val trentino. valer romedius Comments (7)

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