Local History

St. Prokulus Church, 7th century, Naturno/Naturns. Photo: Wikipedia.

Romanesque Venosta and Graubünden

The ancient Roman trade route on the Via Augusta winds its way across the Alps and the Adige (Etsch) river in the Venosta (Vinschgau) Valley. The Romanesque paintings and buildings in this region and neighbouring Graubünden represent great treasures. The sites in the Venosta Valley include the Monte Maria Abbey and St. Nikolas Church in Burgusio (Burgeis), the St. Benedikt Church in Malles (Mals), The St. Prokulus Church in Naturno (Naturns), the complete town of Glorenza (Glurns), the St. Johann Churches in Tubre (Taufers) and Prato allo Stelvio (Prad am Stilfserjoch) and many other castles, churches, villages and towns in a world of around 1000-800 years ago, only separated by political frontiers, not by cultural barriers. Lombardy, Venosta and Graubünden (and Southern Germany) have always been closely connected by trade, culture and people since Roman times.