Municipality in the province of Trento, Brentonico covers the whole area of the plateau that has the same name (although, in reality, it is formed by a series of moraine terraces), located at north-east of Mount Baldo, between Lake Garda and Valle Adige. It enjoys a wide panorama that stretches from Lake Garda to the Po Valley, the Dolomites and the Alps, and in Winter, it is possible to have fun on the slopes of the ski area of Brentonico, whose facilities are concentrated in the districts of Polsa, San Valentino and San Giacomo. .
Although the area of the Valley of Sorna was inhabited since prehistoric times, the first settlement is of Roman origins evidenced by the interesting archaeological finds brought to light only in the Middle Ages, when there was a real intensive colonization of the area, in conjunction with the reclamation of the mountain. The castle of Brentonico, first mentioned in 590, is one of the Tridentini castles destroyed by the Franks. Subject to the Venetians from 1411 to 1509, the valley returned to be a possession of the Prince-Bishop of Trento. In 1703, the French troops assaulted the Castle of Dossomaggiore, while in May 1915, during the First World War, the population was evacuated and partly divided between other localities of Austria and Italy.
The name, according to some, derives from its unique shape similar to a bowl ("Brenta" in Trentino dialect).
Sites of Interest:
- the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, built in the second half of the XVI century on the site of an earlier Romanesque building, of which there are still several remains, such as: the Crypt of St. John (with entrance hatch), frescoes, some cylindrical columns with carved capitals and altars. Documented since the early XII century, this church is one of the most famous churches in the Trentino and features a portal protected by an atrium where on the pillars are still visible the metric measurements used in the past by the Community. In addition to the valuable works of art dating all the XVI-XVII century, in the church there is also the beautiful altarpiece of the destroyed Church of Fano;
- the Church of St. Romedio, with its hexagonal shaped plan;
- the Church of San Rocco, in a Baroque style;
- the Parish of St. Clement in Castione, with its three naves and elegant Baroque baptismal font;
- the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin (XVII century) in Cazzano;
- the Parish Church of San Zeno, enlarged in the XVII century;
- the Baroque Church of San Carlo in Sorne.
- the XVI century Church of St. Matthew in Cornè;
- the Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene, in Prada, first mentioned in 1456;
- St. Anne's Church (XVIII century) in Saccone;
- the Church of St. James, in the homonymous village, mentioned in 1570;
- the few remains of the Castle Terodol (XIV century);
- the remains of the Castle Rovione;
- the ruins of a Castle Sajori;
- the ruins of the Castle of Dossomaggiore
- remains of trenches and galleries, which date back to World War I;
- the XVIII century Fountain in the square outside the Church of Saints Peter and Paul;
- the numerous noble residences (casa Baisi, casa Balista, palazzo Eccheli-Baisi);
- the Park of Palu.
- the Natural Reserve of Corna Piana.
- sporadic prehistoric finds retrieved near the Church of St. Anthony;
- a spring of saline-ferruginous water at a constant temperature of 8 ° C in Molette.