Among the apple trees of Val di Non, the splendid castle of the Thun family
The Prince Bishops’ portraits, silverware, porcelain, glass, carriages, everything contributes to create the atmosphere of the affluent life of rural aristocracy. Built in the mid 13th century, the castle dominates Val di Non from the top of a hill, quite an enchanting view in spring when the apple trees are in bloom.
The manor was for centuries the magnificent residence of the Thun family, one of the oldest and most powerful families of Trentino aristocracy. In 1992 it became the property of the Province of Trento. After extensive restoration, it is now one of the museum venues associated with the Buonconsiglio Castle.
Castel Thun retains original furnishings and precious art collections, a substantial library and a rich collection of paintings.
The structure is surrounded by a complex fortification system that includes watch towers, crescent-shaped bastions, moat and parapet walk. The Porta Spagnola [Spanish Door] stands out with its attractive ashlar masonry. On the ground floor are some public halls, while the first floor hosts the rooms of the lords of the castle, including the Bishop’s Room, still richly furnished and entirely lined with Cimbrian wood.