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A shrine and a beautiful castle.

Saint Romedius shrine and Castel Valer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

A day trip to San Gimignano.

San Gimignano; the Medieval Manhattan.

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San Gimignano is a walled hill town located 56 kilometers southwest of Florence.

Originally it was the seat of a small Etruscan village. The town took its name from saint Gimignanus, who is said to have saved the town from the barbarian hordes.

San Gimignano developed considerably during the Middle Ages and the Reinassance thanks to the Via Francigena. The town was a stopping point for catholic pilgrims on their way to Rome.

Today San Gimignano has 14 Medieval towers. Long ago there were 72 of them.

In San Gimignano there are also some museums, some churches and a plethora of shops, cafes and restaurants.

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The colleggiata or Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta; also called duomo is one of the highlights in San Gimignano. It was built in the year 1000 and consacred in the 1148.

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Its walls are completely coverd by frescoes painted in the 14th. These were never restored, but only cleaned some years ago.

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These frescoes depict stories of the Old and the New Testament. You will be given an audioguide when you buy your entrance ticket to the church.

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Here you see the facade of the duomo. You have to walk under the arch to enter the church.

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This loggia; Loggia del Comune (comune means town hall) was built in 1338. It was a gathering place used by politicians long ago. I think it is a meeting place for locals today. The loggia is located opposite the colleggiata.

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Piazza della Cisterna is a beautiful square situated some meters from Piazza del Duomo where the Colleggiata is situated. This square has a triangular shape. It is surrounded by several palaces. There are also some restaurants and shops here. This square takes its name from the cistern you see in its middle.

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Here you can see some towers. I took this picture at the Rocca di Montestaffoli. It is practically a pleasant park with some remains of a fortress.

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Another thing to do in San Gimignano is to get lost.

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Posted by Maurizioagos 02:13 Archived in Italy Tagged san gimignano towers. tuscany. Comments (8)

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