Nature and painted houses on the outskirts of Bolzano
Castelrotto is a small town located in South Tyrol. It is located at the foot of the Alpe di Siusi, the largest plateau in Europe.
Piazza Kraus is one of the most stunning places in the town. If you look up, you can see the bell tower looming over the square: at 82 metres high, it is the third-highest bell tower in the province of Bolzano. On clear days, the Schlern massif and the Santner peak are visible from the square. Another way to enjoy breath-taking views is to hike to the top of Mount Calvary, following a path that takes you through the Stations of the Cross.
Near Piazza Kraus is the Museum of Traditional Costumes, which exhibits traditional South Tyrolean costumes worn at festivals and popular celebrations.
But the real feather in Castelrotto’s cap are its painted houses. These private residences, hotels and historic premises boast richly frescoed façades. Of particular beauty is Villa Felseck, an art-nouveau and neo-baroque building that is decorated with depictions of everyday life.
You can enjoy numerous activities around Castelrotto. In the Sciliar Rosengarten Nature Park, visitors can go hiking, surrounded by breath-taking views and sites, such as the Geologists’s Trail. Also in the area, ancient remains of castles and fortresses provide panoramic views from high-altitude locations. These include the ruins of Castelvecchio on the Sciliar Massif.