Pianizza di Sotto is a little vinegrowing village with rural character, located along the South Tyrolean Wine Route.
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The Italian name of the village reveals the Pianizza di Sotto is located beneath Pianizza di Sopra. Bordering on the neighbouring village of Appiano, once upon a time it used to be called “Planties inferior”, which means “lower plain terrace”, which resulted into the present name. Nestling among charming vineyards, the surroundings are ideal for pleasant walks and hikes.
The Gothic S. Leonardo church represents the centre of the village. It was built on the foundations of a Romanesque church and consecrated in 1429. The frescos in the interior date back to around 1360.
Once upon a time this was also where the antique Roman Road via the Mendola to the Val di Non is considered to have branched off, as in the past churches that were dedicated to S. Leonardo were located close to forks in the roads. This path for carriages has already been mentioned in the letter of the pope Vigilius.