Appiano sulla Strada del Vino, Province of Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige
Eppan an der Weinstraße in German, the commune lies about 8 km southwest of Bolzano and consists of many hamlets. Appiano is the largest wine-producing place in Alto Adige, belonging to the South Tyrolean Wine Route, and with its over 180 castles the richest in castles in Europe.
- Altitude: from 239 mt a.s.l
- Population: about 14,900 inhabitants in 2018
- Zip/postal code: 39057, 39050
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0471
- Patron Saint: St. Michael Archangel, celebrated on 29 September
- Demonym: appianesi
- Frazioni & Localities: Cornaiano/Girlan, Frangarto/Frangart, Gaido/Gaid, Missiano, Monticolo/Montiggl, Riva di Sotto/Unterrain, Predonico/Perdonig, San Michele/St. Michael (sede del municipio), San Paolo/St. Pauls.
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The seat of the Townhall is located in St Michael, in the Oltradige area at the foot of the Pènegal mountains, amid a natural landscape of forests interspersed with apple tree orchards, vineyards and ancient castles. The typical architecture of the houses, a mixture of gothic and Renaissance, creates a very picturesque environment.
The name appears for the first time in 509 as Appianum, surely derived by the Latin first name Appius or Appianus. In 1809 the Treaty of Schönbrunn united for some years South Tyrol to the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy, but after the defeat of Napoleon the province returned to Austria, and was again included in Italy only after WW1. The name "sulla Strada del Vino" was added in 1973.
What to see
- The ruins of the Castle of Appiano, the Hocheppan Schlöss, with a chapel inside dedicated to St. Magdalene, which hosts a cycle of frescoes of the early 13th century.
- The Passo della Mendola (Mendelpass) at 1363 meters a.s.l., which connects the valley of the Adige river and the Anaunia valley, from where a 4-km long road rises to the top of the Penegal, offering a wonderful view on the Bozen valley and the Dolomite chain
- The two Monticolo Lakes, a natural heaven surrounded by woods, with castles mirrored in the waters, small bays where sunbathing is possible from spring to autumn, and the mild climate allows wonderful bike and trekking itineraries. In both the small and large lakes it is possible to swims, and on the Lago Grande there is also a large open-air swimming pool. In winter when the lakes freeze also skating is practised.
Events and Festivities
- The Fuochi del Sacro Cuore, on the Sunday in mid June, at night fires are lit on the mountains, in memory of the fights for freedom of the year 1796, when soldiers prayed for help the Sacred heart of Jesus.
- The Törgellen, a wine tasting experience in October and November, when the "novello" wine is accompanied by canederli, speck, i Kaminwurzen (small smoked salami), cheese, and Krapfen with hot roasted chestnuts.
- The Mercato Martini, on 11 November, at the frazione Comeiano, a big fair is held on the occasion of the patron's feast.