Termeno village

The village of Termeno represents a jewel in the south of South Tyrol.

Located at an altitude of 276 m asl and boasting a number of inhabitants of almost 3,000, Termeno is the main locality of the village. The artistic, historic murals of the centre remind on southern regions, so does also the vegetation with its fig trees, cypresses, olive trees and lemon trees. In the north of the village, the Val dell’lnferno river plunges down into the Val d’Adige from the 2,116 m high Monte Roen. In the upper part of the village, there are the attractions Kastelaz and Castel Rechtenthal. The most ancient part of the village is called “Betlehem”, this is where the alleys and residences are particularly picturesque.

Very proud are the inhabitants of the church steeple of the parish church S. Quirico and Giulietta. Boasting a hight of 86 m, it is considered the highest church steeple of Tyrol. The church dates back to the 9th century, the present-day nave was added only 100 years ago. A special place is the chapel S. Giacomo in Castelaz, located above the village on a hill with vineyards. This is a place that in antiquity used to be a Roman cult site to the honour of the god Isis. Frescoes of the Middle Ages adorn the Roman archings and also boast a bestiary cycle.

Another peculiarity for which Termeno is known all over South Tyrol is a Carnival tradition. Male inhabitants of the village use to celebrate this custom of the special kind, every second year on Carnival Tuesday. The parade that is held on this day is the “Egetmann Parade”, the figurines that take part in are the “Schnappviecher”. It is presumed that this custom is of pagan origins.

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