Prissiano

Prissiano, the “village of castles”, is the home of Europe’s biggest and probably oldest vine.

On the Monte di Mezzo di Tesimo, high above the Val d’Adige, there is the village of Prissiano, located at 624 m asl. Its name derives from the Roman general “Priscus”. Inhabited by some 800 people, Prissiano is located very close to the Gruppo di Tessa Nature Park and is absolutely rich in castles and historically important buildings. Not only due to Sant’Erasmo Castle, Fahlburg Castle, Zwingenberg Castle and Katzenzungen Castle, Tesimo is often called the “village of castles”.

The village was able to preserve its original atmosphere, above all due to the fact that many buildings have been put under monumental protection. Worth to be visited are the St Martin church and the St Anton chapel. For those who like promenading and hiking, Prissiano has got lots of possibilities to offer, such as the Castle Trail, the Nature Trail Vorbichl, a visit to Katzenzungen Castle with the biggest vine of Europa or a tour to Schönegg for experienced hikers. The most famous citizen of Prissiano, however, is canon Michael Gamper, who is name-giving for the cultural centre of Prissiano.

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