The St. Florian Convent known as “Klösterle” near Laghetti is one of the few still completely preserved pilgrims’ hospices in Europe.
Image gallery: Old “Klösterle” hospice in Laghetti
Close to the St. Florian Church in Laghetti (Laag) is the St. Florian Hospice, a true cultural asset. Built in 1220 in Romanesque style and extended around 1300, it served as accommodation for pilgrims on their long way to Rome. The location was well chosen: Situated halfway between the towns of Trento and Bolzano, it was a one-day journey on foot in both cases. Although the "Klösterle" was dissolved as a pilgrims' hospice in the 14th century, it continued to serve as accommodation until the 16th century. In 1494 it is said that Albrecht Dürer also stopped here on his way to Venice.
Today the renovated "Klösterle" complex is a popular cultural centre: In the warm months concerts and theatre performances take place inside the venerable walls. Also worth seeing is the above-mentioned St. Florian Church, one of the most important Romanesque buildings in the South Tyrolean Bassa Atesina. From here the Dürer Path follows Albrecht Dürer's footsteps towards south and leads to the earth pyramids of Segonzano in the Val di Cembra valley and on to Trento. A shorter hike takes you to Mazzon, a well-known wine-growing area and another district of Egna.
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