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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The town of Schio is situated off the main road, in between the towns of Vicenza and Rovereto. We droped here only by chance on our way to Bolzano, but it worth visiting it. The local cathedral is just magificent.
The church of St. Antonio is situated on the beautiful square where the crossroad lead in the direction of Rovereto and further to Bolzano. Unfortunatelly the church was closed and we couldn't see its interiors.
The monument to Rossi, who was the founder of the modern textile industry in this area. The trade mark of "Lanerossi" wool fabrics was wide world known as among the best on market. Unfortunatelly, the factory was closed many years ago.
This is something from my field of activities, tessitori means the fabric producers. I was very pleased to see this monument and am not sure if anywhere else exist such an monument.
Whole this area was known for its wool fabrics production, however, due to a costs most of the factories are closed now.