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Municipality of Enego

Comune di Enego

The distracted traveler, who in the dark goes up the Valsugana to the north,just before the border with the province of Trento,will notice to the left of the gorge that is to cross, some lights scattered on high rocky ridges and nothing else. By day, he will perhaps be able to catch with his eyes some groups of buildings strenuously and stubbornly perched on the mountain: he may think that these are a few scattered houses, abandoned to their destiny by an urbanization and an increasingly overwhelming globalization. But getting to Enego,knowing it, or rather, living it,is a whole other thing.
After the hairpin bends that from Primolano rise to an altitude of about 800 m above sea level, a fascinating visionwill open to the most attentive traveler: a mountain center suspended between the earth and the sky,surrounded by majestic fir forests and a landscape where anthropization has expertly mediated the needs of man with those of Nature.

Enego is the easternmost of the countries of theAsiago Plateau Seven Municipalities and extends from the edge of the deep Valsugana,at 200,on the right bank of the BrentaRiver, to theOrtigara massif at 2150 m abovesea level.
Theorigin of the country is lost in the night of time; in some places were found selves dating back to the Neolithic period while the first certain housing settlements date back to Romantimes as confirmed by the discovery of some coins of theRoman emperor Druse.
The semantic study of the dialect, however, showed Slavic and German derivations, which makes it incontrovertible that the first inhabitants were Cimbri,who had taken refuge up here around theyear 100 BC.
The Snowy Marcesine Plain
The country is first mentioned in a document of 1301 as the possession of the bishops of Vicenza. Around 200 A.D. the Bastiawas erected, a fort that was to serve to counter the barbarian invasions from the North. In 1180 it was given in fiefdom to the Ezzelini to whom it remained until 1260. Later it passed under the rule of the Scaligeri,a fact still witnessed by the Scaligera Tower of St. Mark's Square.

From 1311 he joined the Federation of The Seven Municipalities,an alliance pact that formed a small free and independent state in the Plateau and was established until 1807.
In 1404 the Regency of the Seven Municipalities,to safeguard its autonomy, entered the Venetian Republic and, with the fall of this, suffered the invasion French until 1848 when, to the enemy of the Alps, theAustro-Hungarian Empirewas replaced.
Enego and the entire Plateau only became part of Italy in 1866.

However, the most important historical texts can be traced back to the period of the Great War that completely affected theentire territory and which caused the sad phenomenon of the "refugee". The area of Mount Ortigara,the main target of the Austro-Hungarian punitive expedition (strafexepedition)was the scene of battles that claimed thousands of lives. After 1918 the country, almost completely destroyed by the war, was rebuilt.

Many of these testimonies have recently been recovered and enhanced with important works such as the restoration of the Lisser Fort,which has finally become open both freely and with guidance. It is an impressive work of military architecture built between 1911 and 1914 with the aim of controlling Valsugana, which was renamed by the war correspondents the "Lion of the Plateau".
The Plain of Marcesina in Flower
The signs of the historical events of the Great War can also be seen in the Fort Coldarco and the Coldarco Battery below, a complex of about 300 meters of tunnel excavated inthe living rock, renovated in recent years and also open to visitors.

In the Enego Palace of Culture and Tourism,on the basement floor, the Permanent Commemorative Exhibition,curated by the ANCR Association, has also been opened, where you can find numerous artifacts, photographs and testimonies of those who fought in these places during the First World War.

The center of the village is Piazza del Popolo, which still retains its nineteenth-century appearance, a period in which the Cathedral of St. Justin was completed, erected in its current form between 1700 and 1800, and consecrated in 1812, on a previous 15th-centurybuilding. Inside is a precious shovel of Jacopo da Bassano depicting St. Justin in Throne.
The majesty of the Cathedral is given above all by an impressive staircase of over 100 steps.  The bell tower of the old church is still well preserved, while, in 1953,the Cathedral was flanked by a new, very high bell tower,the summit of which, on cloudy days, disappears into the sky.

Nearby is St. Mark's Square,carved in 1875 by the demolition of the 1335 castle erected by the Scaligeri and recently renovated. It represents the heart of the country and the ideal center for any event: outdoor concerts, markets, various events.
Today, only the Scaligera Tower remains of the scaligera fortress,a well-preserved stone tower on top of which a terrace allows you to enjoy a breathtaking panorama that ranges from the Brenta Valley,to Mount Grappa,to the Dolomites.

An ambitious project to restore the fort was recently completed by securing the Tower and restoring the structural parts damaged by time.
The Plain of Summer Marcesina
Opened in 2009 the brand new Palace of Culture and Tourism, located on the side of the Cathedral of Santa Giustina,represents an important multipurpose center for the most varied activities: cinema, theater, congresses, meetings. The construction, from the outside, follows the building detailsof the mountain architecture. It offers 250 seats and is equipped with modern technology facilities with regard to stage equipment.

Just outside the center a pleasant walk leads to the Church of Frizzon,oratory dated 1837 converted into ossuary of the fallen in the Russian War.
Other routes lead to Coste, Valdicina, Valgoda, Coldarco where you can still touch a genuine and deeply environmentally friendly way of life.

The trail was recently recovered, allowing hikers to reach Enego from the Piovegaresort.
For bike lovers, the Monaco-Venice cycle route,which laps Enego in the downstream part, should be remembered. During the summer there is a bike bus service that allows amateur cyclists who use the cycle the tour to reach Enego and Marcesina to discover new possible routes.

The highlight of the entire territory is undoubtedly represented by the beautiful Piana di Marcesina,located at 1,300 meters high. It is a vast plateau with extensive pastures and majestic woods,a destination for hikers and day-trippers both in summer and winter.

Those from Brenta climb the peaks above Marcesina,can, in a short time, observe all the beautiful pre-Alpine flora. From the lilies and ash farmers that vegetate on the first slopes of the valley we pass tothe alfalfa and holy hay,which are born spontaneously in the vast terraces.
Via Madonnina to Enego at Night
In the clearings of the forest the brambles are fastened with raspberries, lush ferns form thick spots and junipers intertwine in bushes. The higher the rhododendronsbloom, the mugo with its long arms and finally, more on all, reigns the alpine star. From mid-summer the enthusiast can also search in the woods of Marcesina the coveted pig but also other species of mushrooms less known but equally tasty.

Marcesina is a well-known name even among ski enthusiasts. Valmaron resorts have a ski area that includes Nordic ski slopes and offers the chance to make other pleasant snow pastimes such as snowshoeing and sleddogwalks.

Here it seems to be projected into anatmosphere of yesteryear,a ski away from the chaotic and hectic world of the most"fashionable"and renowned resorts of Italy. Here you come to ski to relax and to have fun among friends.

"Finland of Italy" is the well-deserved name of theenchanting Piana di Marcesina in the winter months. Starting from the Enego Fund Center in Valmaron, 200 km of cross-country slopes,always perfectly snowed and well-beaten,that cross emozian places and breathtaking landscapes. The skier, in such a context, will not only slide his skis towards a set destination but, in doing so, he will be able to find himself immersed in a natural scenery of unheard-of beauty,expecting from one moment to see the classic pointy cap of a gnomeemerge from the thick of a grove, so much so that it is magical and fairy-tale the landscape!

With its sporting, naturalistic and cultural attractions and mild climate,Enego is an ideal destination for a mountain holiday in the name of well-being, relaxation, sport and outdoor activities with family or friends and for all ages.

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