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Art and Architecture

Art and Architecture in Venosta Valley

South Tyrol’s west is fascinating not only because of its nature and historic buildings which reflect a rich and eventful past, but also because of contemporary art and culture.
Karl Plattner, probably the best-known Venostan artist of the post-war era, made his own independent way between the modern era and traditionalism. The draughtsman and illustrator Paul Flora or the artists Luis Stefan Stecher and Jörg Hofer from Lasa/Laas, who uses marble dust in his works, also achieved international renown. A number of young marble sculptors and artists like Julia Frank and the loosely connected group of the “young and wild” also work with the white stone.

Thanks to the Swiss project “Stairways to Heaven” [Stiegen zum Himmel], which traces the steps of early mediaeval buildings and artworks, primarily Romanesque churches are observed in Val Venosta. Off the historical paths there are a number of contemporary buildings to admire – jointly sometimes called alpitecture.
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The Alpine Road of Romanesque Art – Stairways to Heaven is a culture hiking project alongside historic monuments of the Romanesque period.
 
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Paul Flora, the graphic artist and illustrator who died in 2009, is probably the most well-known native of the historic market town of Glorenza/Glurns.
 
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Discover the many advantage cards available in the cultural and ecological South Tyrolean region
 
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Below the mystical Tarces hill in Upper Venosta Valley lies the historic town of Glorenza/Glurns, formerly the terminal of the regional salt trade.
Welcome to the Venosta Valley cultural region
Hike along ancient irrigation channels, partake of winter sports on glacial areas beneath impressive Alpine peaks or ride your bike along the Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta. Relax in small villages and peaceful valleys with amiable hosts. Discover numerous cultural sites and the unique culinary delights of Venosta Valley.