Magnificent and austere castles dot an area of green prosperity and waters, now calm, now turbulent, soliciting memories of medieval times of warrior pride and impressive defense of own local distinctions, ethnic and cultural.
    Over the hills the suggestions of the Dolomites rise, with their polychrome and iridescent stone, that assumes every hue from dawn to dusk.
    Beneath, a myriad of lakes and streams, valleys with wooded slopes, pine and beech woods, dotted by colorful flowers and rare plants, including apple-orchards and other appetizing.
    You can enter in the thick of enchanted forests, tracing fables and legends, with their evocative images of magical creatures fluttering slightly in fantasy.
    These invisible spirits are warned in the many stories of bygone days, of love and heroic virtues of ancient times, but still delineante profiles of countries and cities.
    Inside the manor houses big as palaces, frescoes and decorations illustrate the history, scary symbolisms of dark times and bright expressions of humanism.
    And then gestures and customs that are handed down, with their train of characters of reality and imagination, to mingle together in a charming and chromatically fascinating whole.
    Outside, the look turns around, in the perfect balance of this landscape which seems painted to art, and then following the line of the slopes, it is directed towards the iridescent peaks, from which eagles of solitary majesty spread their wings, leading thoughts in the clear sky, along aerial perspectives beyond horizon.

Trentino Alto Adige
The Peaks of Lavaredo

Buonconsiglio Castle in Trento

    The construction began in the century XII, on the site of an earlier Roman fort, with progressive alterations and additions of new structures, dating back several centuries, through a process of aggregation that makes construction one of the largest fortified complex in the Alps.
    The name Buonconsiglio was adopted changing the original name, Malconsey , derived from the rocky hill on which the castle is located.
    Residence of the bishops of Trento, from the thirteenth century until the end of the XVIII, one can distinguish three main groups: Castelvecchio , medieval style (Romanesque-Gothic), characterized by an imposing cylindrical tower, the Magno Palazzo , built by Cardinal Bernardo Cles, reflecting Renaissance influences in architecture, and finally the seventeenth-century Giunta Albertiana due to Bishop Francesco Alberto Poia, which connects the two wings above.
    After the invasion of Napoleon's troops in 1796 and subsequent annexation of the Episcopal Princedom of Trento to the County of Tyrol, the Buonconsiglio was reduced, from seat of representation, in an Austrian military barracks.
    Past to the Italian State after the First World War and the Autonomous Province of Trento in 1974, is now part of the museum system of monuments and art collections in the province.
    The interior contains cycles of frescoes of great importance.
    To the end of the fourteenth century dates the Cycle of Months of Torre Aquila , an extraordinary example of late Gothic painting, among the most significant in Europe.
    The cycle is divided into several panes, one for each month of the year: each pane, surrounded by twisted columns, shows representations of aristocratic life, following the models of courteous language, but also agricultural and pastoral activities of the rural population, according to the alternation of season.
    In the Magno Palazzo unfolds instead Renaissance decoration made by brothers Dosso and Battista Dossi , Marcello Fogolino and Gerolamo Romanino .
    To Dossi were entrusted, inter alia, the Great Hall , the Hall of Mirrors , the Chamber of the Black Chimney, the Stua della Famea (refectory) and the Library .
    To Romanino we owe the magnificent decoration of the Loggia of the Courtyard of the Lions , airy central porch for communication between different parts of the building in which the artist created between architectural spaces of the vault, one of the most original and evocative pictorial cycles of Renaissance, alternating scenes theme profane, with episodes of Roman history and mythology, to other of sacred argument on biblical subjects.

Buonconsiglio Castle
Trento - Cathedral of San Vigilio
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