A Medieval Open-air Museum
Glorenza/Glurns is the smallest city in South Tyrol. It is considered one of the most beautiful places in Italy and fascinates visitors with its medieval atmosphere.
Founded some 700 years ago, Glorenza/Glurns has played an important role as a fortress and trading centre over the centuries. A completely preserved city wall with three defiant towers still surrounds and protects this picturesque medieval town. On the Mühlbach river, which branches off from the Etsch river, there is also a historic town mill.
Although this town in Vinschgau valley is dominated by the Medieval, art is also a high priority here. Since 2011 a permanent exhibition about the Glorenza born cartoonist and draftsman Paul Flora has been housed in the church tower. The GAP Atelierhaus is home to contemporary art.
In the midst of this historic environment, visitors will find a modern building just outside the city walls, a 13 by 13 meter cube. It is the headquarters of PUNI, the first whisky distillery in Italy, built in 2012 by architect Werner Tscholl.
As you pass majestic trees with tall, gnarled trunks, stretch your hands and try to pick one of the typical pears of South Tyrol - the Palabirne pear. For centuries, it has been the ideal ingredient for the preparation of bread and desserts, and is also considered extremely healthy for its special properties.
Don’t leave Glorenza/Glurns without seeing: