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All the castles in Val di Non: how to choose and which can be visited

Val di Non is one of the areas with the highest concentation of castles in whole Europe, some of them are still inhabited today, others are in disuse and still others are now ruins. Over thirty of them can be found, among these are castles that are still owned by noble families from the Middle Age.

The Castles in Val di Non open to the public

Let's find out which castles are open to the public, which are private residences that you can only see from the outside, and which are ruins that you can visit on your own. We start with the five castles open to the public, which are Castel Valer, Castel Nanno, Castel Coredo, Castel Belasi and Castel Thun.
Castel Valer
Without doubt, Castel Valer is one of the most beautiful castles in the Val di Non. It stands in a panoramic position, just outside the village of Tassullo, completely surrounded by apple trees. The building is open to visitors with guided tours at specified times.
The walls of Castel Valer, surrounded by orchards, are marked by more than a thousand years of history, including historical events. The most remarkable aspect of the castle is that it is a manor house which today is still home to the same noble family. When you pass through the gates of Castel Valer, it is like going back in time and seeing a slice of Europe’s history retold right before your very eyes. Thanks to the expert guides who escort you on the tours, you can view the San Valerio chapel, the courtyard, the gardens, the cellar, the hall decorated with coats of arms, the Gothic kitchen, the adjacent studios, the gallery, the Ulrico's lounge and the Madruzzo rooms.
Visit the castle
Visits to the castle are by guided tour only, you can book the vistit by phone +39 0463 830133 or by e-mail at info@visitvaldinon.it. The guided tour lasts 1,5 hours.
How to find us
The castle can be reached on foot with a 15 minutes walk from Piazza Carlo Antonio Pilati in Tassullo. Car parking is available there. If this car park is full, there are alternatives in the village (at the Centro Diurno and at the station of the Trento-Malè railway).
Tickets
Full € 15,00
Reduced with Trentino Guest Card € 12,00
Reduced 4-14 years  € 10,00
Here you can find all the information. 
Castel Nanno
Not far from Castel Valer stands one of the most impressive castles in the region. Castel Nanno's unusual shape, with a central tower, seems to imitate the peaks of the Brenta Dolomites which surround and even protect it. The gardens are surrounded by a very low wall enriched by four watchtowers at the corners: their shape suggests that they were built for ornamental purposes and certainly not for defence! Castel Nanno is a trove of fascinating stories and legends. The lovers Melisenda and Ludovico or the witches burned alive are just some of the remarkable events which are part of the tale of this castle that has survived for centuries.
Visit
Castel Nanno is open from spring 2024 every Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. In July and August it is also open on Saturdays with the same opening times. You do not need to book a visit. The guide in the garden will give you all the explanations about the castle so you can visit inside on your own. The visit lasts about 45 minutes.
How to find us
Once you reach the village of Nanno, drive past the apple warehouse and park your car at the car park of the municipal depot (pink building). From here, follow the signs and in a few minutes you will reach Nanno Castle on foot. 
Tickets
Tickets can be purchased directly at the castle, we ask you to bring cash with you. The full price is € 6 and the reduced price is € 4. If you want to visit Castel Valer and Castel Nanno on the same day, you can buy a combined ticket, which costs € 19 full price and € 15 reduced. Here is all the latest information.
Castel Coredo
Castel Coredo does not have the appearance of a castle: it is an austere-looking noble home which stands alone on top of a hill, hidden from view by conifer trees.This castle is still inhabited today, but the owners only spend short periods here. Since 2019, visits to the castle are possible by guided tour only, in addition to Castel Coredo there is also Palazzo Nero an historical building in the centre of the village.
Visit
Visits to the castle are by guided tour only, you can book the vistit by phone +39 0463 830133 or by e-mail at info@visitvaldinon.it. It also includes the visit to Palazzo Nero, a well-preserved, historical building dating back to the 15th century. It was the seat of Justice and in the 17th century was the site of a witchcraft trial in which 150 were accused and many of them executed in the square in front of the building. The guided tour lasts 1,5 hours.
How to find us
Coredo Castle is located just beyond the centre of Coredo. We recommend parking your car in one of the village car parks. Guided tours depart from the ticket office at Coredo Tourist Information Office.
Tickets
You can buy the ticket at the Tourist Office in the centre of Coredo, in Piazza Cigni. The tourist office is the meeting point with the tour-guide, who will accompany the visitors to Palazzo Nero and then Castel Coredo. Here you can find all the information.
Castel Belasi

Castel Belasi, among the apple trees near Campodenno, dates all the way back to the 13th century. It is located near the southern entrance to the Val di Non, which has the name Rocchetta. It is a narrow passage between rocks and acts as a watershed between the Val d'Adige and Val di Non. It is a strategic pass and Castel Belasi dominates it from above. It still appears as a massive and well-fortified castle, after significant renovation work, it was opened to the public in 2019.
Visit
Castel Belasi is open daily from the beginning of July until the first Sunday in September and then until 1st November every weekend and on public holidays. Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and no booking is necessary. Castel Belasi has also an internal lift that allows you to visit the castle.
How to find us
Heading down the Val di Non in a southerly direction on the SS42, turn left at Camopdenno and then follow signs to the nearby hamlet of Segonzone and the castle.
Tickets
The ticket office is located at the entrance to the castle. The ticket price is € 4, while the € 6 price allows you to visit the castle with an audio guide.
Here you can find all the information.
Castel Thun 
Castel Thun was home to one of the most powerful feudal families in the region. Thanks to its beauty and importance, it still dominates today over all of the other stately homes and castles in Trentino and the Val di Non.
A reflection of the noble family’s many centuries of dominance in the valley, a testament to periods of glory and decline, the castle stands on higher ground just outside the village of Vigo di Ton. Situated on a hill, in a panoramic position overlooking the whole Val di Non, it is surrounded by a complex system of fortifications comprising towers, walls, bastions, allures and moats dating back to the 1500s.
In 1992, Castel Thun was acquired by the Trentino regional government and, after a thorough and painstaking restoration, it was reopened to the public in 2010. A rare example of a furnished stately home, Castel Thun still retains an outstanding collection of art, built up over many centuries. The site is part of the region’s network of castles.
Visit to the castle
Castel Thun is open:
Until 7th January open daily 9.30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
From 8th to 31st January open Saturdays and Sundays 9.30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
CLOSED FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF FEBRUARY AND UNTIL 22ND MARCH.
From the 23rd of March to the 30th of April open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Special opening: Monday 1 April (Easter Monday).
From 1st May to 3rd November open Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Special opening: every Monday in August.
N.B.: Last admission to the Museum 30 minutes before closing time.
How to find us
Castel Thun is accessible from the Trento Nord or San Michele all’Adige exits of the A22 motorway by taking the SS43 to Vigo di Ton. There are car parks in the centre of Vigo di Ton or at the foot of the castle. The shuttle runs every Saturday from mid-July to the first Sunday in September and every day during the week of August. The timetable is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., runs every 20 minutes and the fare is € 1.50 each way. It is difficult to reach by public transport. From the villages of Predaia, on the other hand, there are ebike routes that descend into the small valley below the castle and then climb up to the castle.
Tickets
You buy your ticket directly at the castle ticket office, which is located just inside the walls. You can choose to visit the castle on your own or use the audio guide. You can also book a guided tour by contacting the castle in advance. The cost of the ticket is €8 for the full rate and €6 for the reduced rate. Free entrance with Trentino Guest Card. Here you can find all the information.

More private castles in Val di Non that can only be admired from the outside

After an overview of the five castles in Val di Non that are open to the public, here are four more castles that are equally breathtaking but can only be admired from the outside.
Castel Cles
Castel Cles is a private property reflected in the waters of Lake Santa Giustina. There are many viewpoints from which you can see it: the Doss de Pez viewing terrace and the walk from Cles to Doss de Pez. If, you are looking for a completely original perspective, you can hire a kayak and paddle in the Santa Giustina lake all the way down to the castle! 
Castel Malgolo
Castel Malgolo is a fortified castle and is located on the main road that climbs up to Passo Mendola and Passo Palade. It is a private residence.
Castel Bragher
Castel Bragher is also a private castle and its owners are descendants of the Thun family. It is located between Coredo and Taio and the walk to Bosco Orna leads to a beautiful panoramic terrace above the castle.
Castel Casez
Castel Casez is in the centre of the small village of Casez and overlooks the main square. It's very easy to spot!

 

The ruins of Val di Non, fascinating and little-visited destinations

Last but not least are the castles that are now ruins. There are three of them, they have their own charm and are little visited. Here you will have centuries of history and a great view !
Castello d’Altaguardia
At 1280 m, the Castello d’Altaguardia is the highest castle in Trentino and without doubt it offers the most stunning panorama of the northern end of the Val di Non. It owes its name, meaning a high lookout point, to its position on the strategic western slope of Monte Pin.The oldest part of the medieval castle dates from 1218, however its origins go back as far as the 10th century. Recently rediscovered, Castello d'Altaguardia has been restored and is today reachable by a 45-minute walk along an easy footpath starting from Bresimo, here you can find the itinerary.
Castel Sporo
The first mentions of Castel Sporo also date back to 1200. It is located to the south of the valley in a completely different place from Altaguardia Castle and dominates the road that historically connected Val di Non to Val d'Adige and Sarca. The few ruins that are part of the castle have been restored thanks to the local district of Campodenno. You can reach it on foot or by car from the village of Sporminore.
Castel Corona
Castel Corona is located above the village of Cunevo. It is a fortress that dates back to 1200 and was built by exploiting a ravine in the wall that was used as far back as the Bronze Age. We advise you not to go near it as the rock in the area is friable. If you look closely, however, down from the village you will be able to see the building embedded in the rock!

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