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Castel Roncolo - Schloss Runkelstein

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Address: Via Sant Antonio 15 | sentiero Imp. Francesco Giuseppe, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
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Private Half-day Tour: the Historical Center of Bolzano and Roncolo Castle
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Not your typical fairy tale

Castle Roncolo was not your classic fairy tale castle. It was worth the visit, not recommended for young children or people with limited walking ability. Lots of steps and stairs... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 January 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Castle Roncolo was not your classic fairy tale castle. It was worth the visit, not recommended for young children or people with limited walking ability. Lots of steps and stairs. Historical information was great.Took a shuttle-taxi from downtown Bolzano to castle, return service was somewhat delayed. Bring water and snacks!

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

It is quite a trek but interesting to see. We've been to several castles and palaces and unfortunately this one does not have as much as we'd like to see. (Wish they had more armour and items from the era.) We saw everything in under an hour.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Tristan and Isolde and the world of Chivalry feature in the frescos here. The castle was the setting in the Film DECAMERON in the early seventies There is a fresco of a fishing party - look to see a Lord offering a fish to a lady. The medieval equivalent to an indecent proposal!

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

It is a relaxing ~30 minute walk from the city. The castle is well maintained and has impressive wall frescoes in many of the rooms. It's well worth your time if you have 2-3 hours to spare during your visit to Bolzano. The view from the castle was fantastic on a sunny day!

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

This is a unique castle for its collection of well-preserved wall frescoes on secular, rather than religious themes. Some of these are from the 15th century, and they show the nobility at play, exotic animals, and a painted ceiling with sun, moon, and stars. Transport yourself back 600 years and you'll appreciate the foresight and imagination of the nobles who... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Catch a free shuttle van from Walther Plaza for the short drive up to the castle or walk uphill for about 40 minutes. There is a fairly steep, rough cobblestone road to get up to the castle. Rooms, frescoes, stories, history and exhibits are well displayed with Italian, German, and often but not always English explanations. There are multiple staircases... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We used the Bolzano card for free access to the castle. The caste run a free shuttle from the square by the tourist info office. Short 10 min air con trip to the steep path which leads up to the castle, only 5 mins but not for those with mobility probes or silly shoes! Colourful frescoes inside and a small... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

This castle is one of the dozens scattered in the mountains. The thing that sets this apart is the collection of art inside. Built in 1237, this is the largest collection of art from that time Era still preserved in the castle. Take the time (and money) to enjoy the historical features! Everything is written in english german and Italian.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

I had no idea we would have to walk up such a steep hill. But at the top was a gem, a stunning castle with frescos everywhere! And there is a restaurant to take lunch! There is free shuttle from Piazza Walther, but be sure to ask when they come. We waited 45 minutes in the heat because we had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

I did this as a time-filler while in Bolzano, and I'm jolly glad I did. The castle is pretty, and very prettily situated on a hillside overlooking a fast-flowing stream. But what took me by surprise was the well-preserved set of paintings from the 1390s (showing e.g. the Round Table, Tristan and Isolde, and general scenes of courtly life like... More 

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