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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)

Bressanone.

... Brixen...in German and in English.

Bressanone is a beautiful town situated some 40 kilometers from Bolzano. I have visited it several times as a day trip. It takes around one hour and half to get there from the village where I live; by train.

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You could start your visit to Bressanone from piazza del Duomo. It is the main square of this town.

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On piazza del Duomo you see part of the town hall, the duomo (cathedral), saint Michael church and a large and modern fountain.

The duomo (the cathedral) was rebuilt at the end of the XII century. It was originally built on the remains of a previous church; this probably dated to the X century.

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If you are going to visit the cathedral in Bressanone, don' t miss a visit to its cloister.

Here you will see lots of frescoes painted from the XIV to the XI centuries.

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Besides the frescoes there are some buildings inside the cloister; as a chapel with frescoes (saint John's church). the Madonna' s church which has frescoes as well and the baptistery with frescoes from 1210 go 1320.

The entrance to the cloister is to the right of the church door.

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One of the highlights of Bressanone is the Bishops' Palace.

The construction of this large three storeys building was started in the XIII century. It was rebuilt various times through the centuries. What we see today dates to the 1707 and 1711.

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Here the princes - bishops and later the bishops lived. The princes - bishops were priests who ruled over a territory.

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Many rooms inside the palace are opened to visitors who are allowed to enjoy them with a guided tour or by themselves.

Another part pof the palace was where the German emperors were housed as guests of the princes - bishops.

Another area of this palace houses the Museo Diocesano; with parts of the cathedral (duomo) museum and a large collection of ancient cribs.

The Bishops' Palace is not fully open in the winter. During this season you can only visit the rooms with the cribs.

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Il Giardino dei Signori ( the Lords Garden) is a small garden built originally around 1570. It was rebuilt in 1991.

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Inside there was a fish tank, a small summer house, an aviary and an orangery. This was used to protect plants during the winter. There were lemons, oranges trees, and laurels inside.

Today the Lords Garden has some flowerbeds, a fountain and a few benches. It is surrounded by a wall.

This garden is situated near the Bishop' s Palace.

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An interesting event held every year at the end of september and the beginning of october is the Mercato del pane e dello strudel.

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This food market is held at piazza Duomo.

Here you can see lots of stalls where you can buy various kinds of bread and sweets made by bakeries located in South Thyrol. You can also sample some bread. Here you will find ordinary and sweet bread.

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In the center of the square many long tables are set for this event. You have to buy your food (typical food) at some stalls. Drinks are served by some waiters.

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There are two streets with porticoes in Bressanone; as in other towns in South Tyrol: See Bolzano and Merano.

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These porticoes streets are lined with lots of shops.

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Don' t miss Brixen if you are in Trentino Alto Adige!

Posted by Maurizioagos 01:18 Archived in Italy Tagged bressanone bolzano. trentino. Comments (4)

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