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.

Notice: due to the measures taken to face the Covid-19 pandemic, the castle will be closed to visitors until December 3, 2020.

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


  • FAI

Opening time

The castle is open from the 22nd May from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

From 9 November the Castle will be open from Friday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00.

Last entrance: 30 minutes before the closing hour.






  • Full ticket: € 7,50
  • Reduced ticket (children within 6-18 years and students under 25 years): € 4,00
  • FAI members, children within 5 years, Museum Pass owners, National Trust members, Bienfaiteurs Amis du Louvre members, Avio Municipality residents, people with disabilities and their carers: free entrance
  • Families: € 20,00 (2 adults + 2 or more children within 6 and 18 years)

Prices can change due to special events.

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