The small community of Castelbello-Ciardes on the old Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta
boasts some of the most beautiful sights in South Tyrol, including four castles and various estates and historic farmsteads, all showing the former status of this village on the river Adige.
The symbol of the village is the Castelbello Castle
. This medieval castle was built on a cliff high above the Adige. Today, the fortified castle with its Schwalbenzinnen
(swallow battlements) is a gallery and cultural center of Castelbello.
The summer residence of the popular mountaineer Reinhold Messner, the medievalJuval Castle
, is also well worth visiting. It is situated high above the valley on the Monte Sole Mountain
and is the main base of the Messner Mountain Museum.