Culture

SOUTH TYROL AND ITS 1000 FACES

The province of South Tyrol combines a varied geography to a unique region. Enjoy and experience traditional feasts and events such as the tasting of the new wine (Törggelen) or the apple harvest. Listen to the stories of ancient times that castles and fortresses, chapels and museums can tell. A holiday in Naturno offers a variety of experiences, new impressions, unique sights and opens up new horizons.

Saint Proculus Chapel
Hidden in the apple orchards on the outskirts of Naturno lies the tiny chapel of Saint Proculus. Inconspicuous from the outside it guards the oldest frescos that were found in the German speaking area. The chapel was built in the 7th century to commemorate Saint Proculus, the former bishop of Verona, who was later revered as a patron saint and protector of livestock and waterways.

Juval Castle
Juval Castle in Naturno near Meran was built in 1278 by Hugo of Montalban. After it had changed ownership several times and was first renovated in 1913, it has been the property of Reinhold Messner since 1983. The famous mountaineer and explorer has further renovated the castle, turned it into his summer residence and converted it into one of his six Messner Mountain Museums.

Naturno Art and Ceramics Market The art and ceramics market of Naturno is a real insider tip. Craftsmen and artists from all over Europe flock into Naturno biennially to offer their high quality ceramics there. It always takes place during the first weekend in June. The next market will be held from June 2-4 2017.

Typewriter Museum
Though nearly forgotten now, one of the greatest IT inventions was once the typewriter. It was developed in 1874 by Peter Mitterhofer from Partschins near Naturno. With approximately 2000 models, the museum tells a captivating and impressive story of a machine, which at its time changed the world.

Marienberg Monastery
The Marienberg Monastery is located in the parish of Mals at 1340 m above sea level and above the village of Burgeis. Donated by the noblemen of Tarasp in the 12th century, it was the intellectual and cultural centre of the upper Vinschgau region for centuries. For over 850 years, the monks have been living and working here according to the rules established by Saint Benedict of Nursia.

Schnalstal Glacier
Have you ever wondered what it’s like on an alpine glacier? What kind of environment you find at over 3000 m above sea level? In only six minutes, the Schnalstal Glacier ropeways take you from the village of Kurzras in Schnalstal valley to the highest ski area of South Tyrol at 3212 m.

Ancient Larches of Ultental Valley
Near St. Gertraud in the Ultental valley, there is a group of three larches with an estimated age of 850 years. This makes them some of the oldest pine trees of Europe. Worn by wind and weather, they have grown to a height of 35 meters with trunks of up to eight meters circumference.

Stelvio Pass National Park
The largest natural reserve of Italy with a total area of 130 700 ha is located close to Naturno. With its unspoilt fauna and flora the area is an important retreat for rare plant and animal species. The natural scenery with its clear glacier lakes and bubbling mountain creeks is simply unique.

Knottnkino Open Air “Cinema”
The Knottnkino open-air “cinema” is an installation by the artist Franz Messner located on Rotsteinkogel mountain, high above Meran. Thirty chairs made of steel and chestnut wood invite the visitor to take a seat and enjoy the cinematic views of the Etschtal valley.

 

Museia Women’s Museum
The Women’s Museum in central Meran was founded in 1988 by Evelyn Ortner (1944-1997). Its exhibits include various clothing items, accessories and objects of daily use that illustrate the history of women during the past two centuries.

 

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