Have you ever heard of the San Romedio sanctuary? I am sure you have because this gem is the envy of the whole of Europe! The building is an ancient hermitage where, according to legend, Saint Romedio lived with his bear. Is this why everyone up here is said to be a bit grumpy, like a bear with a sore head? Joking apart, let me tell you this: if you come to the Val di Non, put San Romedio right at the very top of your list of things to see.
Why’s that? I will give you at least three good reasons. Let’s leave the bear until last, trust me, there is much more. Above all, there is the magic of the place. Five little churches stacked on top of each other, all built on a rocky outcrop joined together by a long staircase with 131 steps. Exhausting! But don’t complain, when you get up there you will thank me for it.
Second reason? The path in the rock that leads to the hermitage. Enchanting, relaxing, a little bit vertiginous: in short, it is the perfect way to prepare yourself emotionally for your visit to the San Romedio Sanctuary.
And, last of all, the famous bear. Don’t rush to judgement. Hear me out about why the bear is here.
You see, in the Val di Non everything has a reason, let me explain.
La leggenda dell'orso trentino e di San Romedio
San Romedio è sempre raffigurato al fianco di un orso, ecco perchèDetails
Stories, miracles and graces in the ex-voto of the Sanctuary of San Romedio
Discover the stories told by the votive offerings along the steep staircase of the Sanctuary of San Romedio.Details
4 trails leading to the Sanctuary of San Romedio
All roads lead to Rome, as the proverb goes… Well, for us in the Val di Non valley it says that “all roads lead to San Romedio”!Details
The history and architecture of San Romedio Sanctuary
The history and legend of San Romedio SanctuaryDetails
Fausto e Bruno, storia dell'amicizia tra uomo e orso a San Romedio
Fausto e Bruno, una storia unica. Fausto è l’uomo, indaffarato e serio, Bruno è l’orso, possente e giocoso. Un incontro di quelli belli che è passato dalla diffidenza alla fiducia e poi, inevitabilmente all’amicizia.Details
San Romedio festival
On 15 January, the San Romedio festival returns, the annual event in honour of the hermit saint.Details
The Val di Non, a place of pilgrimage
The Val di Non has forever been criss-crossed by pilgrims in search of the San Romedio Sanctuary.Details
San Romedio sanctuary: useful information
Everything you need to know about the most distinctive hermitage in Europe, perched atop the rock.Details
Val di Non Multimediale
At the turn-off for the road to San Romedio, don’t miss the little interactive museum about the Val di Non!Details