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Smarano

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Smarano is a little village in Trentino Region, it currently has 420 inhabitants, it is placed at 1.000 meters a.s.l. in Non Valley, 42 Km. North from Trento, in the northern part of Italy south of the Austrian border. The recent escavation of the Church's floor revealed clear relics of ancient roman  life in the village , alteady certified in the past  decades by findings of Roman  statues of the second century and many other small objects of the same age: these relics are shown in a small interesting archeologic museum in Sanzeno ( 5 kms from the Village).

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The Non Valley

The Non Valley paradoxically is not a valley, but an highland. The most extended valley in Trentino Region is in effect marked by a series of rough amphitheatres which, almost in concentric circles, extended from the lower altitudes to the higher ones, with a landscape characterized by orchards up to alpine vegetation, forests, grasslands and rocks in higher lands. This long and undulated highland engraved by watercourses which have excavated deep fissures (on the deeper one is built the Santa Giustina dam, forming the homonymous lake) is closed at north by the mountainous group "le Maddalene"; at south-west by the "Brenta Dolomites"; at east by the western subgroup of Anaunian mountains; at south by the Paganella Massif and by the Andalo Saddle.

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People

An other essential feature is the theme of the border. In the northern margins, geographically included into the Valley, in the medieval villages of Laurein, Proves, Sanct Felix, Senale live a german-speaking community.  The local dialect has a clear latin origin .A lot of dialectal words and idioms have a German origin. The most famous Sanctuary in the Valley, dedicated to Saint Romedio, has an ancient history strictly connected to the Tyrol (Austrian nearby Region) traditions.
 Since the year 1000  belonged to the Prince Bishop of Trento, but was part of the Earl of Tyrol jurisdiction. The most important family of the local aristocracy was the Thun family. The Thuns are leading figure of the great nobility of Mitteleurope and they once owned possessions and castles located from Italy to Bohemia. Past chronicles return that they owned ten palaces in Prague and thirty-five castles in Boemia.

 

 
Bernardo Clesio

The noble man  Bernardo Clesio, probably one of the most excellent person of the Valley, studied in Bologna where he was the leader of the "German Nation", the group of German mother tongue students. He was the Prince Bishop of Trento, an then he became Cardinal and represented the Imperial Party in the Papal Court in Rome. He was the president of the Secret Council and Supreme Chancellor of Fernand the First Emperor of Austria, Apostolic Administrator of the Bressanone Diocese and Governor of Verona. He was the main promoter in the organization of the Council of Trento, because he understood how Trento could be an ideal link place between the Emperor and the Pope, between Italy and Germany.
These elements can be useful to understand how Non Valley people, so tied to their own land, are understanding and respecting "other" people.
A number of Non Valley missionaries and travelers are famous in the world: Father Marino Martini (1614-1655) explored China and Eusebio Kino (1645-1711) the Spanish California.

 

 
Map and Directions

Raccomended route to reach Smarano in the Non Valley

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