St. Valentine Castle, also known as St. Valentine Residence, is located in idyllic position at the edge of a forest in Appiano Monte.
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At the western end of the vineyards above the village of Appiano there’s St. Valentine Castle (Schloss St. Valentin, in German), which offers holiday apartments today. It is one of the lesser-known castles which you pass when you walk the famous Three Castles Walk.
In 1231 already, a medieval fortified tower of the Lords von St. Valentin was mentioned in this place, which was rebuilt and extended in the 15th and 16th centuries by the Lords von Fuchs. A lower part with loggia was added in the south, whereas in the north there were some farm buildings. St. Valentine Castle is a high and slender building today - inside it presents itself with an open vestibule with round arches on columns and several chambers with vaults. One of them features even a ribbed vault, usually only used for sacred buildings.
The panoramic view from the castle includes the Oltradige area, that’s to say the villages of Appiano and Caldaro with its component localities, the main town of Bolzano and the peaks of the mighty Dolomites. In the Touriseum in Merano, the South Tyrol Museum of Tourism, you can see postcards of St. Valentin Castle from around 1900.