Celentino and Strombiano are the first inhabited villages one gets to in Val di Peio, going along the road that branches out of the State road on the right. These unquestionably Alpine hamlets, boasting large buildings with wooden tops, have entered a new, unprecedented time thanks to the development of tourism. Celentino was the home village of the notorious bandit, murderer and kidnapper Cristoforo Tapparelli, who was executed in Trento in1733.
The name of Celantino is quoted in a land register of the year 1200, whereas a few years later, in 1220, there are witnesses of Strambiano. Since the early Middle Ages, the two villages were merged in one community ruled according to the so called "Carta di regola", copied on a parchment dated 1456. A tower – that the popular tradition traces back to Roman times – was rising by Strombiano and was used as a sentry post. There are witnesses of a “capella Celantini” as early as in 1301, that reported directly to the Parish church; during the 16th Century it became an independent curacy. In the early 18th Century the Strombiano inhabitants built their own place of worship. Under the Italian kingdom Celentino was part of the Celledizzo municipality, then became independent under the Austrian empire. After WW2 it became part of the Peio municipality.
During the 19th Century the Celentino church dedicated to Saint Augustine was rebuilt. The building has no aisles and boasts three alters. The main altar is made of marble and covers a wooden piece. The other altars are carved in wood and gold painted. The altar pieces date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The Via Crucis canvasses were made by a certain Dalla Torre from Mezzana after 1782 and imitates the Henrici paintings housed in the Pellizzano church.
A must see
The Grazioli mansion in Strombiano is well worth a visit. It is a typical peasant house whose interior has been perfectly preserved: the wood-clad stua with a typical ceramic stove called "stufa a ole” and a smoke blackened kitchen, just to name a few examples.
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