The train of Trentino castles: the most picturesque stages

Discover the most evocative castles of the Val di Non and the Val di Sole , enjoying the territory on board a train , as the travelers of the past used to do. A tour that allows you to immerse yourself in places and events that constitute important pages in the art and history of Trentino .

A world that, every Saturday from 20 April to 14 September 2019 (excluding Saturday 27 April and Saturday 15 June), can be explored thanks to the Trenino dei Castelli . On board a train of the Trento-Malè Railway, with dedicated carriages, we depart from Trent at 8.40am to climb the slopes of the Noce valleys. The return is scheduled for 7.15pm. Four Trentino castles to see.

After a visit to the San Michele Castle in Ossana, in the presence of the Presanella , go down by bus to Castel Caldes, which for centuries has controlled access to the Val di Sole. The day continues at Castel Valer , an elegant private residence recognizable by the very high polygonal tower, and at Castel Thun, with its refined atmospheres.

Castello di Ossana
It stands on a spur of rock in a strategic position in the homonymous village and is also known as the Castle of San Michele , from the name of the Saint to whom the chapel is dedicated. It dates back to the Longobard era. The castle has in its powerful keep, 25 meters high, the most characteristic and best preserved element.

Castel Caldes
The interior of this castle is very beautiful, with frescoed rooms and the ballroom. According to legend, the unfortunate countess Marianna Elisabetta Thun was a prisoner in the tower, also known by the name of Olinda, imprisoned by her father to prevent marriage with Arunte, a court minstrel, for whom he died of love.

Castel Valer
It is usually closed to the public , but you can visit it for this occasion thanks to the availability of the owner. The castle is in a panoramic position and has a splendid octagonal tower 40 meters high, the highest in Trentino . The various city walls enclose two series of buildings: the oldest, from the fourteenth century, is called Castel di Sotto, while the second, from the sixteenth century, Castel di Sopra.

Castel Thun
It is perhaps the most famous of the four Trentino castles. Located in Vigo di Ton , it was built in the 13th century and was the seat of the powerful Thun family, owners of other prestigious residences in the valleys of Non and Sole. The structure is typically Gothic and is surrounded by a system of fortifications formed by towers , ditches and paths of patrols. The interiors are still richly furnished and embellished with works of art: the most interesting is the Bishop’s room , entirely covered with Swiss stone pine , with a coffered ceiling and a monumental door.

All four castles have been involved in major renovations and are now ready to be revealed to the public in all their glory. Travel booking is mandatory.

Prices: full price 66 euros (for holders of Trentino Guest Card 59 euros), children under 16 56 euros, children up to 4 years (free).

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