Colma

Already Goethe was familiar with Colma, point of origin of the ancient emperor’s road.

Colma nestles on the gentle, sunny slopes of the lower Valle Isarco and is surrounded by historic trails, waterfalls, traditional Toerggele taverns and vineyards. The village is located at 499 m asl and has got 250 inhabitants.

Once upon a time Colma was point of origin of the so-called emperor’s road, stretching to Bolzano via Barbiano and the scenic Renon, as the gorge of the Valle Isarco was often impassable between Colma and Cardano. More than 60 emperors and followers passed this road, in 1483 even a toll station was installed: Castel Friedburg is today in private possession, keeping an inn. Worth to be visited are the S. Leonardo church and the Santa Trinità church, defined as the former toll chapel.

By the way, Goethe stopped at Colma during his journey to Italy and mentions it in his travel log “Italian Journey”.