castel cles
castel cles

Castel Cles

Castel Cles is enthroned on a hill, surrounded by beautiful orchards in the Val di Non valley

Castel Cles is situated on a hill above Lake Santa Giustina, near Cles, the main village of the Val di Non valley.

The castle was first mentioned in documents from the 12th century. At the beginning of the 15th century and about a hundred years later, during the peasant rebellion, the castle was seriously damaged. Prince-Bishop Bernard of Cles then had the castle restored in Renaissance style. Further restoration work was ordered by the nobleman Aliprando in 1597. At that time the castle had three towers; one of them and the northern wing of the building were destroyed in an arson attack.

The rooms of the castle, with their frescoes from the 16th century, are particularly valuable. Of particular note is the room "Saletta delle Metamorfosi" with frescoes by the court painter Marcello Fogolino depicting scenes from Ovid's Metamorphoses.

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Castel Cles is in private hands and cannot be visited.

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