Tips for sights and attractions in and around Maranza
The small churches in Maranza, Valles and Rio di Pusteria are no spectacular religious buildings, but beautiful witnesses of faith in South Tyrol. Our St. Jacob Church was built in a location that already in pre-Christian times was a place of worship. Today’s late Baroque church since 1775 covers a Romanic chapel and a Gothic church. The Madonna on the main altar and the three female figures on the southern side altar date from the Gothic period.
The “Katzenleiter” (Cat Ladder Path), which leads from Rio di Pusteria to Maranza, is a testament to the ancient art of trail architecture in South Tyrol. Here, you may experience history step by step.
Castles and fortresses in the surroundings of Maranza
On the opposite side of the Pusteria Valley, located on a rocky ridge, you may visit the Castle Rodengo. It is very well preserved, partly still inhabited, but also home to a museum with armoury and furniture of the late Renaissance period. Art lovers may admire the fresco cycle about the Iwein-Epos by Hartmann von Aue (discovered in the 70s of the last century). It is the oldest fresco in the German-speaking area, which is not set in a religious context.
The Velthurns Castle in Velturno is about half an hour by car from our house. It is the old summer residence of the Bishops of Bressanone, and from March to November you may visit the magnificent rooms of the Prince Bishops. The Episcopal Palace in Bressanone was the seat of the Prince Bishops until 1803. Staterooms, the Episcopal Church, a museum and temporary exhibitions can be visited from March to October.
During an excursion through the beautiful Pusteria Valley and the Aurina Valley, you may visit the Castle of Tures, a mighty and fully-preserved fortress dating back to the 11th century; its present form dates back to the 15th and 17th centuries.
Other sights and excursions starting from your holiday home in Maranza
Interesting excursions – also for children – take you into the mines in Villandro or Ridanna, where you may wander through the wild and romantic gorge “Gilfenklamm”. The Mineral Museum in Tiso takes you through a variety of crystals, not only from South Tyrol. The museum also offers events and guided tours for children and adults.
Very close in Terento, you may visit the dairy farm Capriz and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of cheese making from goat’s or cow’s milk. Many of these attractions are free of charge with our AlmenCard Plus. All in all, the AlmencardPLUS offers you free admission to more than 80 museums and exhibitions throughout South Tyrol.