Sanzeno

Sanzeno has alrady been inhabited in the 6th century. This village looks back on a long history, which can best be retraced in a pleasant promenade.

On a high plateau between the rivers Rio San Romedio and Rí Mar, there is the little village of Sanzeno. The first evidence of human prescence dates back to the Bronze Age, when a Rhaetian tribe settled down in this area (6th - 1st century BC). Many findings dating back to this period of time were excavated by archeologists and are exhibited in museums of Trento and Innsbruck. Some of them are also presented in a permanent exhibition at Sanzeno.

In 397 AC, at Sanzeno three missionaries were burned to death as martyrs by the local population. For this reason the bishop of Trento, San Vigilio, had a church built exactly on the place of the massacre. This church, constructed in Gothic and Renaissance style, was established in the 15th century and includes the relics of the three saints. Worth to be noticed are above all the Bronze portal, the bell tower as well as the altarpiece, illustrating the three martyrs. Proceeding in the direction of the main place you can admire the mansion Casa De Gentili. This villa, dating back to the 16th century, includes a considerable number of items and pieces of furnitures. Unique is also the interior of the ancient farmacy inside Casa De Gentili, which can be visited in summer months.

Moreover you should not miss out on the San Romedio pilgrimage site, which is about 3 km from the centre. This construction is located on a rock spur at 700 m asl. It is a legendary place, Romedius von Thaur retreated in this place and dedicated himself to meditation, compleately leaving behind his mundane everyday life. Some 131 stairs take visitors on the top of the rock, leading past five little churches. This pilgrimage site is also famous for its wild park, in which brown bears are living.

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