The centuries have left varying historical traces in the cultural region of Venosta Valley. The old Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta
and numerous castles
, churches and monasteries bear elegant witness to this, as do the marble village Lasa/Laas and contemporary museums as well as the two Messner Mountain Museum sites in Solda/Sulden and Juval Castle.
The “Romanesque Route”
goes from the Carolingian Benedictine St. Johann monastery in Taufers/Tubré to St. Veit and from the mystical Tarces hill to Malles/Mals with its five church towers, including the Carolingian St. Benedict church.
Close to Europe’s highest abbey, Monte Maria, the Via Claudia Augusta proceeds to the mediaeval village ofGlorenza/Glurns
, passing castles with precious frescoes like Churburg castle at Sluderno/Schluderns and Castellbello-Ciardes/Kastelbell-Tschars. Impressively, the Romanesque trail leads all the way to St. Proculus church in Naturno/Naturns with its pre-Carolingian frescoes from the 8th century A.D.