At the heart of the Valley: St. Agata in Commezzadura
Malè – Mezzana: 10,5 km
Almost midway between the Mostizzòlo bridge and Passo Tonale, Commezzadura includes several villages boasting ancient names; some of them date back to pre-Roman times, others from the Middle Ages: Deggiano, Mastellina, Mestriàgo, Almazzàgo, Piano. Each boasts its own church. The most renowned of all is St. Agata, that rises close to the Valley’s main road. Dating back to 1400, it features and asymmetrical plant. The church boasts a huge frescoed image of St. Cristoforo, painted in 1495 on the side wall facing the road. In the presbytery and on the apse Simone Baschènis, coming from a family of travelling painters in the 15th and 16th Centuries, frescoed some biblical images as well as the history of St. Agata, protector of the church. The three carved and gold-plated wooden alters are also precious, as well as the saints’ statues, namely the wonderful late Gothic Madonna.
At Mastellina rises the little church of St. Antonio the abbot (that in the past belonged to Campiglio), that has preserved some late 15th Century frescoed paintings from the Baschensis and a precious altar with three 15th century statues by artists from Bolzano (Madonna between St. Antonio and St. Giovanni Battista). A short way from the church rises the Guardi’s house. They used to be a family of the rural nobility (as witnesses the coat of arms above the entrance portal) , who became renowned thanks to the artists that sprung of it: Gianantonio, Maria Cecilia (married to the famous Venetian painter G. Battista Tiepolo) and Francesco. The Guardis emigrated to Venice where they set up an art workshop. Francesco stood out of the rest, and showed his pictorial genius in the “views” of the Venetian lagoon, but also provided witnesses of the most important episodes in Venice’s 18th Century life.
Piano is the last hamlet of Commezzadura (fine wooden alters to be seen in the village’s little church). A few kilometres from here, you’ll get to Mezzana, a winter sports as well as a canoe-kayaking resort. The village’s church houses some precious 17th Century alters. Going further up from Mezzana, in some 20 minutes you’ll get to Róncio, a panoramic balcony over the valley and its mountains. This is a tiny little village with almost no inhabitants, boasting a nice shrine dedicated to St. Romedio: the rich decorated alter is by the Ramus and Bezzi families and dates back to the 17th Century. Going further uphill from Róncio, you’ll reach some solitary mountain “masi”.

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