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Rocca di Samoclevo

 
The Rocca di Samoclevo (stronghold - 983 m) can be reached in half an hour along a mule track starting from just above the town of Samoclevo (774 m). The first nucleus of the fort was built before the 13th century, therefore before the Caldés Castle, and probably served as a military stronghold to keep watch over the surrounding roads. What remains today is a quadrangular keep inside a walled enclosure and near it the ruins of a Gothic chapel and remnants of a fresco. The residential section, which is also ruined, was apparently added in the 14th century. The Prince Bishops and the Counts of Tyrol often contended for the Rocca and it was also the site of a number of armed conflicts. It was the home of the Caldèsios, later passing into the hands of the Cagnò family and finally to the Thun family. It served as the centre of the judicial jurisdiction of the Val di Rabbi. A number of rural buildings and country dwellings were built alongside it in the 19th century by farmers, who are the current owners. Since February 2006 the castle is under supervision of the Trentino Heritage Office (Soprintendenza trentina).
Time: approx. 40 minutes.

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