Did you know that the Val di Non has more castles than any valley in Trentino? And did you know that if you decide to visit this valley today you are really lucky? Because you can now visit these castles, learn about them, spend time there and sometimes even have a chat with the owners!
When I was little, I would get up all sorts of things. I can still remember how my friends and I would try to get as close as possible to the castle entrance. And then we’d run off to escape from the dog guarding the manor house! Fortunately, things have changed over time. The first to reveal itself in all its glory was Castel Thun, without a shadow of doubt the king of all the castles in the Val di Non. In time, other stunning manor houses joined in. Some of these have been opened thanks to the far-sightedness of the their owners, such as Castel Valer, Castel Nanno and Castel Coredo.
Today there are actually a dozen historic buildings including castles, aristocratic palaces and historic residences that are waiting to be discovered on a fascinating journey through history and art which takes you from the Val di Non to Europe. You will be amazed, I’m sure, to see just how many castles there are rising up from outcrops and hilltops, among villages, orchards and forests.
And just think: you probably won’t even have spotted them all! I’m equally certain that you also didn’t expect the owners of these castles to still be living in them. If you come to the Val di Non, you are lucky because you can now visit these castles, learn about them, spend time there and sometimes even have a chat with the Count or Countess!
As well as the castles, there are also shrines, little mountain churches, crosses and enchanting hermitages. Because before the arrival of the apple in this land apart from the lucky few in the castles, the people were very poor and, as you know, poor people will always turn an eye towards the heavens.
Are you ready to immerse yourself in this history?
Castel Nanno e la leggenda di Melisenda e Ludovico
Tra le tante storie di fantasmi che ti potrà capitare di sentire, in una terra piena di castelli, quella di Melisenda e Ludovico a Castel Nanno mi ha sempre rapito. È un racconto che ti cattura, ti porta a fantasticare in maniera molto vivida perché è una storia ambientata tra gli spettacolari castelli della Val di Non ed è anche una storia d’amore tragica alla Romeo e Giulietta.Details
La storia della regina Genoveffa negli affreschi di Palazzo Nero a CoredoDetails
Visita guidata a Castel Valer
In un recente contesto di apertura di numerose falesie in valle grazie alla passione dei climbers locali, la falesia Mondino costituisce la più grande della Val di Non, ed è ancora in fase di sviluppo.Details
Imposing, majestic and proud: the most important castle in the Val di Non.Details
The walls of this castle, surrounded by orchards, are marked by more than a thousand years of history and art.Details
The fifth of the Val di Non’s castles to have openedDetails
An austere looking noble home which stands alone on top of a hill.Details
Its central tower seems to imitate the peaks of the Brenta Dolomites which surround and even protect it.Details
Climb to the top of the tower to feel like King Arthur.Details
The Castello d'Altaguardia stands on a rocky outcrop at an altitude of 1,224 m and is the highest castle in the whole of Trentino.Details