Castel Roncolo, or Schloss Runkelstein was first built in 1237, rebuilt in 1385 and restored various times. It is made up of three buildings
This castle is well known for its frescoes. in fact many inner walls are decorated with frescoes painted from 1385. Most of these are in good state. These describe scenes from public games, knights in armours or have literary themes such as Tristan and Isolde.
Castel Roncolo hasn't a museum inside, but there you can surely find a temporary exibition.
Inside one of the buildings of the castle there is a nice cafe-restaurant.
This nice bar-restaurant is situated where the old fish market was. It is open from april to october.
Fishbaenke D. S. W. is located just some meter far from piazza della Frutta (or Obstplatz); in Via Streiter.
This fabulous church, built in the mountain of the Adige river canyon, is situated approx. 2 km before entering in the town of Rovereto. It looks just amazing. I wonder if it is reachable by the road? I hope to find out it on my next trip to this area.
Il passo (ablaut) Pian delle Fugazze, at 1200 mt., is the spot which I wont forget so easily. First, because it is the highest spot I have ever been with my own foot, and second because we were missguide by a local guy. He told us to take the road to Rovereto (very curved and scary) which was blocked by the lavine.
Excellent well preserved Renaissance and early Baroque architecture abounds not only in central Bolzano ( as in this photo ), but also nestled in the beautiful vinyards surrounding the center. The pedestrian only square is an enjoyable place to see the sights, mingle, have a good meal, and to soak in the ambience of the region.
See my other Bolzano tips for directions and details.
Castel Roncolo from inside the ramparts. This well preserved 750 year old Tyrolean fortress is fascinating. It will truly transport you back to the time of chivalrous knights in armor. Here you see some of the many original paintings depicting the lives of Tyrolean knights. Most are in excellent condition, and are considered the best such surviving paintings in the world.
If you visit during the Summer you can enjoy a medieval feast while watching mock but realsitic looking jousting tournaments and other reanactments.
See my previous Castel Roncolo tip for directions to the castle. Warning; I visited in May when the drawbridge is raised early.
Castel Mareccio is a fascinating medieval fortress. See my other tip on this well preserved castle nestled in the vino vinyards. In the distant background are the Dolomiti Mountains. Much of this ancient fortress was recently converted into a popular convention and conference center. The furnishings are beautiful and are very complmentary to the interior architecture of the castle. The castle also contains some interesting Renaissance paintings.
The city square of Bolzano is built around the duomo, which is typical of cities in this part ot Europe. More details on the duomo later.
Use this photo to find Bolzano's very helpful tourist information center, because it was taken from in front
of the center. A free map shows the locations of the sites. The city square is a pleasant short walk
( about 500 meters ) from the train station. Follow the signs to the centro or centrum.
Trentino-Alto Adige is a fascinating region of Italy that except for its excellent ski resorts is mostly overlooked by the tourism experts and by most tourists.
Castel Mareccio is situated adjacent to Bolzano ( Bozen ) city park, and is just off the hiking bicycle / foot trail going toward Castel Roncolo. The castle is surrounded by wine vinyards. It is another fascinating medieval fortress that is very well preserved. It is located on the valley floor, which is unusual for fortresses. The interior has been renovated into a lavish convention center. Guided tours are given Tuesdays only in German and Italian. Based on the architectural style, I would guess the age of Castel Mareccio to be between 750 and 900 years. Please correct me if my guess is wrong.
Located on Via Claudia de'Media
Bolzano is a fascinating, surprisingly friendly, and clean city. I enjoyed my four hours there.
Castel Roncolo / Schloss Runselstein ( even the castles have both a german and an italian name in Trentino-Alto Adige ) was built in AD 1237, and completely rebuilt 40 years later after being destroyed by enemies. The castle is in excellent condition and looks much as it did 700 years ago. Castel Roncolo is the prototypical medieval Tyrolean fortress, complete with drawbridge, moat, and rooks.
This photo was taken from the base of the steep, densely forested, dolomitic hill occupied by castel Roncolo.
To get there proceed nothward along the Talvera River about 3 km. from Bolzano ( Bozen ) citta centro. Well maintained bicycle / foot trails are on both sides of the river all the way to the castle. Bolzno is a jogger's paradise. Enjoy Bolzano's beautiful and vast city park enroute to the castle. It is one of the best city parks to be found anywhere. The hike is exhilerating and rewarding. If you are not up to the hike take Bus #12 from the stadt centrum or citta centro.
The cow-bell music really makes you feel relaxed during tense trekking. On the way to Ritten Horn the "kling-gling" sound appeared to be the only "noise" arround... and a bit of "hi" while meeting few tourists in the middle of September. Good time to enjoy and relax...
One of many fascinating old villas in and around Bolzano ( Bozen ). Most are surrounded by vinyards and heaviy forested hills.
Some details later on this villa.
See my other tips for getting to and finding your way around Bolzano.
Another interesting spot from the town of Rovereto, this huge cannon which is probably from the World War First. Since I was gunner, when serving my tour of duty, this cannon attracted me very much.
Unfortunately, we haven't seen much of Rovereto, just passed trough being in hurry to reach Bolzano in a day light. We made just a short break to take some pictures, but according to what we have seen it worth of visiting it again.
The monument that honours the casualties of the Big World War is situated on very beautiful square, just a foot from the cathedral. The Italians pay a lot of attention to those who died in the wars combated for the patria.