Tubre in Val Monastero: between Art and Nature
Tubre is a small South Tyrolean village, set in Val Monastero on the border with Switzerland. With its 964 inhabitants it is distinguished by its mountain scenery and is a destination for lovers of nature and art. Surrounded by the high peaks, which shelter it from the icy north winds, Tubre extends upwards to 1,250 m a.s.l. and is the ideal place for cross-country skiing and sledging.
However, Tubre is also distinguished for its historical art treasures, which are unbelievably beautiful; you only have to think of the eight churches and the two castles which are enthroned above them. The first among these, the Church of St. John, which was built between the 12th and 13the centuries in Romanesque style and after being destroyed by fire, was re-constructed with a groundplan based on the Greek cross. In its interior there is a row of valuable frescoes to take your breath away: the Romanesque cycle seems to be influenced by St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice, while the Gothic cycle represents the beheading of John the Baptist. Without question, the Church of St. Nicholas is worth a visit, with its 15th century pictures in its interior, which illustrate the life of the church's patron saint. On the way back to the village you will come across the parish church of St. Blasius, which was first mentioned in 1201 and was reconstructed in 1660 in Baroque style, probably by an Italian master. Next to the parish church of St. Blasius stands the Church of St. Michael, which was first consecrated in 1383. Its present design dates back to its second consecration in 1493. In the upper part there are frescos dating from 1500. Other churches worthy of mention are the Church of St. Martin, the Church of St. Antony, the Church of St. Roch and the Church of St. Valentine.
The ruins of two castles lie above Tubre: the Castello Rotund and the Castello di Reichenberg. Castello Rotund was constructed at the behest of the Bishop of Coira around 900. The list of proprietors ranges from Heinrich von Reichenberg, the von Schlandersberg und von Hendl families, up to its last owner, the Baron von Heydorf. Castello di Reichenberg belonged originally to the Bishops of Coira, but in the 12th century the castle was acquired by the von Reichenberg ruling family, of whom the local population was greatly afraid. Both castles have been abandoned and today, only their ruins remain.
Its geographical situation makes Tubre an ideal departure point for hiking or mountain-bike tours to the surrounding high peaks and for motor cycle tours to Passo dello Stelvio