Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sarner Schlucht - ruins and castles

The gorge of the Sarner Valley, north of Bolzano. Higher up you can see the remnants of an old castle.
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Above: the ruin of castel Rafenstein. Below: Castel Wangen (still in use as dwelling) and Rafenstein (on the right).

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Renon/Ritten - Johanniskofel

Going downward from Wangen on path 4: in the picture below you see the Sarner Valley (Sarntal) and Bolzano/Bozen in the distance.
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Here you see the gorge (Sarner Schlucht).

St. John's - the little church is on top of the rock (Johanniskofel); the rock is about 180 m high.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Renon/Ritten - hiking on path 10

Pastures and wood (above) and a remarkable view of the Dolomites (below: Sciliar on the right, Sass Long on the left).
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What are you doing? They asked as I pointed the digicam.
Below: synchronous grazing.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Renon/Ritten is an extended ridge near Bolzano/Bozen with at least five villages. Here we are in Wangen/Vanga (the church above, a barn below).
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Rural dwellings near Oberinn/Auna di Sopra

Friday, August 08, 2008

Romeno (Val di Non)

On the outskirts of Romeno in Val di Non there is a very old chapel (origins presumably nearly 1500 years ago), dedicated to the saints Thomas and Bartholomew. It's one of the oldest christian temples in this region integrally preserved (at least the basic structure). Frescos date at a later period (about 1200-1250 CE). A very special place indeed.
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