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Terlano

The village of Terlano is known in South Tyrol in particular for its asparagus and the Sauvignon which is drunk with it. Here in the heart of Val d'Adige asparagus is cultivated and every year from March to May is celebrated with the renowned Terlano Asparagus Weeks. At this time the restaurants in around Terlano offer the finest asparagus dishes, with which of course the wine to go with the asparagus is served.

In the 16th century a quite different trade was the major industry: mining. Galenite was mined for the extraction of silver. Even if the silver mining did not bring in great returns, it brought the village a certain prosperity, which is reflected principally in the impressive design of the parish church of the Ascension of Virgin Mary with its magnificent Gothic frescoes.

A further building feature is represented by the ruins of Neuhaus Castle, known popularly as Castle Maultasch. The castle was built at the beginning of the 13th century and served from time to time as the staging post for the Duchess of Tyrol. Above the hamlet of Settequerce lies the second fortification of the area, the Castel del Grifo. The first mention of it was made in the year 1159; however, it had already been twice destroyed, so that there could not have been much of the original masonry remaining.

Holidaymakers find that Terlano is exactly the right departure point for many sports activities. One of these to the south of the village is the HETZ Rope Garden, where families with children can show off their courage and skill. The numerous footpaths and cycling tracks in the area offer rather less in the way of nerve-racking thrills. The Wine Road is a particularly popular destination. If you want more culture, the towns of Bolzano and Merano are only minutes away thanks to good traffic connections.

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