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Velturno

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Velturno (Feldthurns in German) is a charming resort in the province of Bolzano, located on a sunny plateau above the town of Klausen and Brixen, in a particularly favorable geographical position, which allows its visitors to enjoy a mild climate and lush vegetation composed mainly of chestnut trees, meadows and pastures. It is the ideal destination for those looking for a relaxing holiday, the contact with nature and long walks through the mountains and hiking, and during the Winter months, it proposes skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and hiking snowshoeing trails by the nearby ski resorts.
The discovery of archaeological remains dating from the prehistoric period in the district of Tanzgasse allows historians to state that the area was inhabited since ancient times. Several centuries later the Bishops of Brixen appreciated this area and had built the complex of Castel Velturno. The town's name has probable pre-Roman origins and is already attested in 985 as "Velturnius."
The main feature of the area are the 3336 chestnut trees, that flower between June and July.

Attractions:
- the ArcheoParc Tanzgasse, where one can admire the prehistoric findings unearthed during the excavations, including a shrine dating back to the Copper Age and used as place of worship for a long period of time;
- the Castel of Velturno, the Summer residence of the bishops of Bressanone, which was completed in 1587. Inside are preserved numerous and valuable works of art, including inlaid doors and wooden ceilings, cabinetry masterpieces of the Renaissance. In particular, worthy of mention e point is the coffered ceiling of the Prince-Bishop's room. Today it houses the Museum of Farming Culture;
- the Church of San Giorgio in Snodres, in late Gothic style;
- the Church of San Pietro in Mezzomonte, dating back to 1248, in which is kept a rough sculpture of the XIII century;
- the Church of San Lorenzo, built between 1286 and 1295 and later enlarged. The bell tower dates back to the XVI century and due to subsidence of the ground, is leaning to one side. The church is in the Gothic style and features a Romanesque nave;
- the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta, the oldest in the district, dating back to 1112. The current appearance, in late Gothic style, is the result of the restructuring occurred in the last years of the XIX century by the Viennese architect Weber;
- the ancient Church of St Andrew in Hull;
- the Church of St. Anthony, built in 1670 by the will of the spouses Petzer.

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