Castelbello

The village of Castelbello is located amidst apple orchards and vineyards.

Castelbello, Kastelbell in German, located at 587 m asl and inhabited by some 890 people, has been the administrative seat of the municipality of Castelbello-Ciardes in the Bassa Val Venosta and looks back on a long history. Most probably the existence of a settlement dates back long before the 12th century, it is the year 1238 in which the toponym Castelbello has been mentioned for the first time, in relation with the castle, which since 1303 used to be the seat of the court and which still today characterises the village.

Originally belonging to the lords of Montalban, in the course of time the Castello di Castelbello passed into the hands of the counts of Tyrol and the lords Hendl, transforming from military fortress into a noble fortress, before being abandoned and destroyed by fires.

After a long period of reconstruction and consolidation, the castle can today be visited from mid April to the end of October and hosts a permanent exhibition on the Roman Road Via Claudia Augusta. Beside the exhibition, the castle is characterised by an admirable architectural style and a remarkable chapel with frescoes, built in Romanesque construction style.

Located at the slopes of the Sonnenberg, also known under the less used Italian name Monte Sole or Monte Mezzodì, Castelbello is an ideal starting point for numerous tours, on foot or in mountain bike. On the sunny side of the Val Venosta you can enjoy cycling across chestnut and conifer forests, up to the Alpine pastures and the summits Cima di Trunes and Vermoi, or traversing the slopes along the typical Waalweg trails, the paths along ancient irrigation canals. On the other hand, that is to say on the right Adige riverside, you cycle across fruit orchards in the bottom of the valley, proceeding up the villages of Lacinigo and Montefranco, towards the peaks and Alpine lakes of the mountain chain that separates the Venosta and the Val d’Ultimo.

Despite being of moderate dimensions, Castelbello is a real jewel. From history to summer and winter sports, which can be practised in the nearby skiing areas of the Ortler Skiarena ski carousel, addresses for gourmets and local products, a stay in this corner of the Val Venosta leaves nothing to be desired.

Suggested accomodation: Castelbello

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