Visit to Pergine Castle in Trentino Alto Adige - Discovering Italy with alequandro

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Hello everyone!
Here we are with another episode of "Discovering Italy with alequandro!"

On this occasion we visited the Pergine Castle, a medieval castle located east of the Pergine Valsugana village, an Italian town of about 22,000 inhabitants in the province of Trento.

ITA

Ciao a tutti!
Eccoci con un altro episodio di "Discovering Italy with alequandro!"

In questa occasione abbiamo visitato il Castel Pergine , un castello medievale situato ad est del borgo Pergine Valsugana un comune italiano di circa 22000 abitanti della provincia di Trento.

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While Pergine Valcugana is situated at an altitude of 482 meters above sea level, the castle is located at 657 meters above sea level and from there it dominates the surrounding landscape.

ITA

Mentre Pergine Valcugana è situata ad un'altitudine di 482 metri sul livello del mare, il castello si trova a 657 metri di altitudine e da lì si domina tutto il paesaggio circostante.

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We managed to enter the outer courtyard of the castle but I admit that the passage to get over the walls was tight and I was a bit scared because with my car I was able to pass by a hair!

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Siamo riusciti ad entrare nel cortile esterno del castello ma ammetto che il passaggio per superare le mura era vermaente stretto e ho avuto un po' di timore perchè con la mia auto sono riuscito a passare per un pelo!

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The view from up there was spectacular, you could see on the backgrounds of the mountains with a particular shape...

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La vista da lassù era spettacolare, si intravedevano sullo sfondi dei monti dalla forma particolare...

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The first documented information regarding the existence of the castle dates back to 1155 but we know that in the thirteenth century it was conquered.

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La prima notizia documentata riguardo l'esistenza del castello risale al 1155 però sappiamo che nel tredicesimo secolo fu espugnato.

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The castle was not completely rebuilt when Prince Henry II redeemed it from the victors, handing it over to his son Adriano. The ceremony took place in Trent, in the bishop's palace, where it was decided to preserve and rebuild the fortress as a garrison, to ensure the safety of traffic along the Valsugana border.

Shortly afterwards, the castle became a fief of Mainardo II, Count of Tyrol and towards the end of the century the fortress was the protagonist of some war events of considerable importance. Castel Pergine was joined by the incursion of the Paduan leader Marsilio Partenopeo, allied with the prince-bishops of Trento and Bressanone.

The power of the bishops had been reduced and weakened to such an extent as to render them wholly dependent on the accounts of the Tyrol. They attacked while the Scaligeris, allies of Mainardo, fortified the Dos Trento (1278). Mainardo II found himself therefore alone to face the war threat.

The fortress was conquered and in 1322 he became vicar of the bishop of Trento Bonaventura Gardelli. It was this man who handed the fortress to Jacopo da Carrara to prevent the invasion of the bishop's principality by the Duke Conrad of Teck, captain of the army of the Marquis Lodovico of Brandenburg. The principality had entrusted the defense of Trent to Dioniso Gardelli, uncle of Bonaventura Gardelli, but he treacherously opened the doors of the castle of Buonconsiglio to the enemy, dismissed the troops that the lord of Padua had sent, killed Giovanni D'Arsio and delivered in January of 1349 the "Vanga" tower to the enemies.

A few days later he went to Castel Pergine to convince his nephew Buonaventura to deliver the castle in enemy hands, he not only refused the proposal but even decided to execute it.
At the request of Bonaventura, Jacopo di Carrara sent an army of knights and foot soldiers to guard the castle.

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Il castello non era del tutto ricostruito quando il principe Enrico II lo riscattò dai vincitori consegnandolo al figlio Adriano. La cerimonia si svolse a Trento, nel palazzo vescovile, nella quale venne deciso di conservare e ricostruire la fortezza come presidio, per assicurare la sicurezza del traffico lungo il confine della Valsugana.

Poco dopo, il castello divenne feudo di Mainardo II, conte del Tirolo e verso la fine del secolo la fortezza fu protagonista di alcuni avvenimenti bellici di notevole importanza. Castel Pergine venne raggiunto dall'incursione del condottiero padovano Marsilio Partenopeo, alleato con i principi-vescovi di Trento e Bressanone.

Il potere dei vescovi era stato ridotto e indebolito a tal punto da renderli in tutto e per tutto dipendenti dai conti del Tirolo. Essi attaccarono mentre gli Scaligeri, alleati di Mainardo, fortificavano il Dos Trento (1278). Mainardo II si ritrovò quindi solo ad affrontare la minaccia bellica.

La fortezza venne espugnata e nel 1322 divenne vicario del vescovo di Trento Bonaventura Gardelli. Fu costui che consegnò la fortezza a Jacopo da Carrara per scongiurare l'invasione della capitale del principato vescovile da parte del duca Corrado di Teck capitano dell'esercito del marchese Lodovico di Brandeburgo. Il principato aveva affidato la difesa di Trento a Dioniso Gardelli, zio di Bonaventura Gardelli, ma egli a tradimento aprì le porte del castello del Buonconsiglio al nemico, licenziò le truppe che il signore di Padova aveva inviato, uccise Giovanni D'Arsio e consegnò nel gennaio del 1349 la torre "Vanga" ai nemici.

Pochi giorni dopo si recò a Castel Pergine per convincere il nipote Buonaventura a consegnare il castello in mano nemica, egli non solo rifiutò la proposta ma decise perfino di giustiziarlo.
Su richiesta di Bonaventura, Jacopo di Carrara inviò un esercito di cavalieri e di fanti a presidiare il castello.

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Several points of the castle were affected by the modern works of a local artist who wanted to represent in his own way the devastating effects of the Vaia storm that also affected those areas ... I admit that I did not like them because they disfigured the architecture of the castle and the landscape...

ITA

Più punti del castello erano interessati dalle opere moderne di un artista del luogo che ha voluto rappresentare a modo suo gli effetti devastanti della tempesta Vaia che ha colpito anche quelle zone...ammetto che non mi sono piaciute in quanto deturpavano l'architettura del castello e il paesaggio...

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The structure of the castle is beautifully preserved and can be seen close to home by a feeling of strength.

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La struttura del castello è bel conservata e vederla da casì vicino da una sensazione di forza.

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At first I thought it had a simple structure, but then I went through it and noticed the many perspectives that can be photographed.

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All'inizio pensavo avesse una struttura semplice, ma poi percorrendorlo mi sono accorto delle molte prospettive che si possono fotografare.

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There are many observation points and one can see very well the city of Pergine Valsugana.

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Ci sono molti punti d'osservazione e si può vedere molto bene la città di Pergine Valsugana.

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Then we followed a small path that follows the defensive walls from the inside.

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Poi abbiamo seguito un piccolo sentiero che segue le mura difensive dall'interno.

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The whole walk around the castle was accompanied by the works of the artist I was talking about ...it was difficult to try not to include the artistic works in the photos!

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Tutta la camminata attorno al castello era accompgnata dalle opere dell'artista di cui vi parlavo...è stato difficile cercare di non includere le opere artistiche nelle foto!

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Just above a small rock an elderly cyclist was preparing to photograph the panorama.

On the left a pile of wooden pallets...another work by the artist that made me angry because in my opinion he was guessing the visual experience!

ITA

Appena sopra una piccola roccia un anziano ciclista si apprestava a fotografare il panorama.

Sulla sinistra una catasta di bancali di legno...un'altra opera dell'artista che mi ha fatto arrabbiare perchè a mio parere riovinava l'esperienza visiva!

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From a higher vantage point the view was incredible and the light at that time was fantastic!

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Da un punto di osservazione più elevato la vista era incredibile e la luce in quell'ora era fantastica!

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I really liked this city tower, with a circular plan unlike the other castle structures.

ITA

Questa torre di cinta mi piaceva molto è a pianta circolare a differenza delle altre strutture del castello.

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Ancient plants, with autumnal foliage adorned the exterior of the castle...

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Piante antiche, col fogliame autunnale abbellivano l'esterno del castello...

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It was time to go inside!

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Era giunto il momento accedere all'interno!

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Once we entered the heart of the castle we decided to enter the actual building along a paved floor...

ITA

Una volta entrati nel cuore del castello abbiamo deciso di accedere all'edificio vero e proprio percorrendo una pavimentazione tutta lastricata...

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In the first room there was an exhibition with works on almost all the walls, I did not linger long to look at them, I was more interested in visiting the castle which I found more interesting.

ITA

Nella prima stanza c'era allestita una mostra con opere presenti su quasi tutte le pareti, non mi sono soffermato a lungo per guardarle, ero più interessato alla visita del castello che ho trovato più interessante.

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There was also a wine cellar with local wines.

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Era presente anche una cantina con dei vini locali.

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Going up a very narrow spiral staircase we reached the noble floor where there was a bar, a reception and other rooms.

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Salendo una strettissima scala a chiocciola siamo giunti al piano nobile dove era presente un bar, una reception e altri ambienti.

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On the same floor there was even a chapel.

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Allo stesso piano c'era addirittura una cappella.

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The bar room had chairs and table placed in niches with a window that gave a view as far as the eye could see.

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La stanza del bar aveva delle sedie e tavolo inserite in delle nicchie con una finestra che regalava una vista a perdita d'occhio.

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Two rooms adjacent to the bar had the tables set for dinner and at the corners there were some really interesting large cast-iron stoves, I had never seen such beautiful ones.

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Due stanze adiacenti al bar avevano i tovoli apparecchiati per la cena e agli angoli erano presenti delle grandi stufe in ghisa davvero interessanti, non ne avevo mai viste di così belle.

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The atmosphere that was there was fantastic because it was any time of sunset and the low sun let in suggestive blades of light from the windows.

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L'atmosfera che c'era era fantastica perchè era qualsi l'ora del tramonto e il sole basso faceva entrare dalle finestre delle lame di luce suggestive.

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Family coats of arms are present in every room.

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Stemmi delle casate sono presenti in ogni stanza.

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A look out of the window, from there the towers seemed small...

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Uno sguardo fuori dalla finestra, da lì le torri sembravano piccole...

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Just enough time to drink a glass of wine in that beautiful living room and we went out to see the last part of the castle.

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Giusto il tempo di bere un calice di vino in quel bel salotto e siamo usciti per vedere l'ultima parte del castello.

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I read that there is a legend about this castle:

The legend of the white lady:
a ghost wanders in this castle, it is a woman killed by her husband and wandering without peace ...I admit that I didn't notice anything.

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Ho letto che c'è una leggenda su questo castello:

La leggenda della dama bianca:
un fantasma si aggira in questo castello, si tratta di una donna uccisa da suo marito e che vaga senza pace...io ammetto di non essermi accorto di niente.

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Meanwhile other visitors had arrived. While they were looking at the landscape, I was fascinated by the staircase, but I discovered that it was interrupted and led to nothing. Too bad I wanted to explore the tower!

I read that in the castle there is a cell for prisoners and a tremendous technique of torture was used, which I did not know.

It was called prison of the drop, a room specially used as a prison, in which the victim suffered the ancient torture of the drop:

It consists of drops of water that are repeatedly dropped onto the forehead of the victim causing, according to popular-literary legends, the perforation of the skull or in any case a strong psychophysical discomfort. Claustrophobia would increase the effect of torture.

ITA

Nel frattempo erano arrivati altri visitatori. Mentre lo ro guardavano il paesaggio io ero affascinato da quella scala che però ho scoperto che era interrotta e non portava a niente. Peccato volevo esplorare la torre!

Ho letto che nel castello è presente una cella per i prigionieri e li veniva utilizzata una tecnica di tortura tremenda, che non conoscevo.

Si chiamava prigione della goccia, una stanza appositamente adibita a prigione, in cui il malcapitato subiva l'antica tortura della goccia:

Consiste in gocce d'acqua che vengono fatte cadere ripetutamente sulla fronte della vittima causandone, secondo leggende popolar-letterarie, la perforazione del cranio o comunque un forte disagio psicofisico. La claustrofobia aumenterebbe l'effetto del supplizio.

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I climbed the ladder to see beyond the walls and the scenery was fantastic!

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Sono salito sulla scala per vedere oltre le mura e il paesaggio era fantastico!

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By now it had become late, it was time to go home.

A last look at the castle and we got back in the car...

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Ormai era diventato tardi, era ora di tornare a casa.

Un ultimo sguardo al castello e siamo risaliti in auto...

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It's time to say goodbye, thank you for the visit, see you at the next episode!

ITA

E' arrivato il momento di salutarvi, vi ringrazio per la visita, ci vediamo alla prossima puntata!

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sono di parte perchè amo molto i castelli...lo andrò a vedere mi piace molto

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Beautiful place!
The castle is really cool and looks extra nice with those yellowing leaves.
The little city tower must be my favourite :)

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