Close to the centre of the old town of Bolzano and nevertheless in the heart of nature, there is Castel Mareccio.
Surrounded by a wide vineyard and a great scenery and panorama on the Catinaccio mountain range, Castel Mareccio (Maretsch, in German) is located in the centre of Bolzano. The castle dates back to the 12th century. The oldest tower of the castle has been built in 1194 by Berthold von Maretsch - according to documents he was a commissary of the Lords of Tyrol and lawyer in Bolzano. In the beginning there was only the massive donjon, which can still be seen today.
In the 13th and 14th century different owners kept amplifying the castle complex. Also the defensive corridor and the crenellations date back to these times. In 1477 Sigmund Römer purchased the complex. The Römer family started rebuilding the castle, changing the Mediaeval complex into a Renaissance building. Four round towers were added in the course of these works which lasted for several decades. Also frescos were commissioned illustrating philosophers of these days.
In the ’80s the building has been restored but is no longer inhabited. Today this castle is merely venue for fairs, concerts, weddings and various other events such as the well-known “Bolzano Wine Tasting” in spring. From the old town of Bolzano, capital city of the province of South Tyrol, you can reach Castel Mareccio within a few minutes’ walk.
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