Sabbionara d’Avio Castle
The ancient and evocative Property of the FAI (Fondo per Ambiente Italiano “National Trust of Italy”) welcomes you to Trentino
Among the vineyards of Sabbionara d’Avio, the frescoes of the castle recount love, but also stories of war and episodes of battle.
The Avio castle is one of the Trentino’s most well-known, ancient and most-evocative fortified monument. From its location, along the slopes of Monte Vignola, the castle dominates the valley almost to Verona. Don’t miss the view of the imposing fortified tower, the massive walls and the five towers.
Most likely a military garrison during the Lombard era, it became the property of the Castelbarco family to then pass into the hands of the Venetians in 1441. Since 1977 the castle has been a Property of the FAI, which has realized an attentive work of restoration.
Upon entering, you will go through a tower door crowned by dove-tailed parapets. On the right, observe the massive shape of the tower which stands out from the eastern walls: it’s the “Picadora”, called that because, according to tradition, convicts were hanged (impiccati) on its terrace.
Inside, you will be enchanted by the splendid cycles of frescoes of the Veronese school: La parata dei combattenti (The Parade of Soldiers), on the walls of the Casa delle Guardie (Guard House), and La stanza dell’amore (The Room of Love), elegant decorations of a courtly taste in the tower.
Admission is free during the Spring FAI Days. A guided tour will narrate the castle’s history and legends to you.
The Castello di Sabbionara d’Avio can be seen from afar. It is your first welcome to Trentino!
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Castello di Sabbionara d'Avio
Via al Castello
38063 Avio (TN)
T: +39 0464 684453
F: +39 0464 684299
Opening hours 2018: from March 7th until September 30th open from Wednesday to Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. From October 3rd until November 25th open from Wednesday to Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Last admission 30 min before closing time.
Extraordinary opening: Monday and Tuesday when feast days; every Tuesday in August.
Closing time: Monday and Tuesday. Closed from November 26th for winter closure.
- adults € 7,50
- children 4-14 € 3,00
- Children under 3, FAI & NATIONAL TRUST members and residents of Avio free
- family ticket € 17,00 (family groups of 2 adults and 2 children 4-14 years)
- Ticket included in the Museum Pass
The rate can change due to special events