Castles and churches

Comano Valley has been a land of transition for many, many years. Today, its identity is reflected in ancient castles, fortifications and houses on stilts (the Palafitte of Fiavé).

If you are passionate about history, or simply like to get to know a place well, there are plenty of ways to get your fill in Comano and the Dolomites.

Choose a guided tour of a local museum or castle, or delve into the history of this mysterious rural land at your own pace.

And with a Garda Guest Card (included in your stay), admission is free!

There are six medieval castles in Comano: Castel Campo, Castel Spine, Castel Rèstor, Castel Mani, Castel Stenico, and Tenno Castle. Some are private but can be visited if you have a booking. During the year they are brought back to life with period music, lively tours, and re-enactments.


Castel Stenico dates back to the twelfth century and has links to a pre-existing prehistoric castle. In the thirteenth century, the manor passed into the hands of the prince bishop of Trento, who extended and renovated the building, transforming it into an impressive bishop’s residence. It is now a prestigious museum open all year round.


Castel Campo has ancient origins. Today, it is owned by the Rasini family who live there and use it for several cultural, social, and agricultural initiatives.


Castel Restor was built by the powerful Counts of Arco in the second half of the 13th century. Today, only the keep and a part of the perimeter walls remain intact. The ruins can be visited as part of a pleasant walk upstream of the town of Vergonzo.


Castel Spine was built in the early 1200s upstream of the town of Vigo Lomaso and was also owned by the Counts of Arco. It is now a private residence that does not accept visitors.


Castel Mani is located on a rocky outcrop upstream of San Lorenzo in Banale. This ancient bishop’s castle has fallen into ruin and only the walls remain.


Castel Tenno dates to the 12th century and remained in direct possession of the Prince-Bishopric of Trent until the end of its existence. Its majestic and well-preserved structure is clearly visible from the road but cannot be visited as it is a private residence.

Walk an authentic religious trail past diocesan shrines, impressive parish churches, small mountain churches, and charming chapels.
The Marian Shrines are represented by the Church of Santa Maria Assunta di Dasindo and the Church of the Madonna di Caravaggio in Deggia.


The three ancient parish churches (pievi) are:

  • the Church of San Lorenzo in Vigo Lomaso
  • the Church of SS. Dionysius, Rusticus and Eleutherius in Santa Croce
  • the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Tavodo


Make sure to visit the Convent of the Franciscan Fathers of Campo Lomaso and its splendid cloister.

Culture lights the way and reason follows it.
(Fabrizio Caramagna)