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 “Alpine Road of Romanesque Art
” goes from the Carolingian Benedictine St. Johann monastery
in Tubre/Taufers to St. Veit church
and from the mystical Tartscher Bühel hill to Malles/Mals with its five church towers, including the Carolingian St. Benedict church
Close to Europe’s highest abbey, Marienberg Abbey
, the Via Claudia Augusta proceeds to the mediaeval village of Glorenza/Glurns
, passing castles with precious frescoes like Churburg Castle
at Sluderno/Schluderns and Kastelbell Castle
. 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.