Friuli Venezia Giulia, Monrupino: rural life in the Karst Plateau
With 880 inhabitants, Monrupino is the smallest municipality in the province of Trieste but is among the most popular tourist destinations in the Karst Plateau region
1. Monrupino Fortress and Sanctuary of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin: the fortified church
Originally a prehistoric castelliere, then the stage for clashes between the Romans and Histrians, a castrum and finally a fortress, the Fortress of Monrupino has always been a refuge from invasions, especially against Ottoman aggression. It dominates the Karst of Trieste from above, offering glimpses of the Slovenian Vipava Valley.
It houses a pilgrimage shrine consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Assumption. Built in 1512, with later additions and restorations, tradition states that this little church stands near a rock on which the Virgin Mary left her still-visible mark, a symbol of fertility.
2. The “Karst House” of Rupingrande: the museum dedicated to rural life
Monrupino still displays many signs of a deep-rooted rural tradition, especially on the outskirts of the small village of Rupingrande, where there is a typical 19th-century “Karst house”, whose architectural features have been preserved and turned into a museum.
Featuring stone used for building purposes, such as for the roof slabs, entrance and windows, but also for ornamental purposes, inside the building displays a series of agricultural tools, original furniture, costumes and rural objects, donated by locals.
3. The “Karst Wedding”
The Karst House hosts numerous events in the summer, most notably the “Karst Wedding”.
This celebration, which takes place every two years, begins on the last Sunday in August of odd-numbered years. It evokes the ancient Slovenian marriage rite, which dates back to the late 19th century. The bride and groom and their guests dress up in traditional costumes and the celebrations last several days, including her last maiden dance, his serenade and the taking of the dowry to the new home.
The wedding ceremony is celebrated in the Fort of Monrupino church.
It also boasts a rich food and wine menu: taverns are opened for the occasion, where you can enjoy typical dishes and wines, all accompanied by traditional dances and songs, and art and craft exhibitions.