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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 town is mentioned for the first time in a document of 1301 as the possession of the bishops of Vicenza. Around 200 .C Bastia was erected,a fort that was to serve to counter the barbarian invasions from the North. In 1180 it was given as a fief to the Ezzelini who remained until 1260. Later it came under the rule of the Scaligeri,a fact still witnessed by the Scaliger Tower of St. Mark's Square.

From 1311 it became part of the federation of the Seven Municipalities,an alliance pact that constituted in the Plateau a small free and independent state and came to life until 1807.
In 1404 the Regency of the SevenMunicipalities, 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,the Austro-Hungarian Empire was replaced.
Enego and the whole 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 fully affected theentire territory and 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 Fort Lisser,which has thus finally become open to access both freely and with guidance. It is an impressive work of military architecture built between 1911 and 1914 in order to control valsugana, which was renamed by war correspondents the "Lion of the Plateau".

The Plain of Marcesina in Flower

The signs of the historical events of the Great War are also visible in the Coldarco Fort and the Coldarco Battery below, a complex of about 300 meters of tunnel carved into the living rock,renovated in recent years and also open to visitors.

In the Palace of Culture and Tourism of Enego,in the basement, the Permanent Commemorative Exhibition was also opened,curated by the ANCR Association, where you can find numerous finds, 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 Santa Giustina erected in its current form between 1700 and 1800 was completed, and consecrated in 1812, on a previous building of the 15th century. Inside there is a precious altarpiece by Jacopo da Bassano depicting Santa Giustina in Trono.
The majesty of the Duomo 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 Duomo was flanked by a new, very high belltower, whose summit, on cloudy days, disappears into the sky.

Not far away stands Piazza San Marco,obtained in 1875 from the demolition of the castle of 1335 erected by the Scaligeri and recently renovated. It represents the heart of the village and the ideal center for everyevent: outdoor concerts, markets, various events.
Of the Scaliger fort remains today only the Scaliger Tower, a well-preserved stone tower on the top of which a terrace allows you to enjoy a breathtaking view that ranges from the Brenta Valley, to Monte Grappa,to the Dolomites.

An ambitious project to recover the fort was recently completed by secureing the Tower and restoring the structural parts damaged by time.

The Plain of Summer Marcesina

Inaugurated in 2009 the brand new Palazzo della Cultura e del Turismo,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 construction details ofmountain architecture. Inside it offers 250 seats and is equipped with modern technological systems regarding scenic equipment.

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

The trail has recently been recovered allowing hikers to reach Enego starting from piovega.
For bike lovers, the Monaco-Venice cycling route, which lapsEnego in the downstream part, should be remembered. During the summer there is a bike bus service that allows cycle amateurs who use the cycle route to reach Enego and Marcesina to discover new possible itineraries.

The flagship of the entire territory is undoubtedly represented by the splendid Piana di Marcesina,located at 1,300 meters high. It is a vast floor with wide pastures and majestic woods,a destination for hikers and walkers both in summer and winter.

Those who climb the peaks above Marcesina from Brenta can, in a short time, observe all the beautiful offers the prealpine flora. From the tingles and ash trees that vegetano on the first slopes of the valley we move onto 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 are intertwined in bushes. The higher the rhododendronsbloom, the mugo with its long arms and finally, more on all, reigns the Alpine star. Since midsummer, the enthusiast can also search the woods of Marcesina for 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 is home to a ski area that includes slopes for Nordic skiing and offers the possibility of other pleasant snow hobbies such as snowshoeing and sleddogwalks.

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

"Finland of Italy" is the name deserved by theenchanting Plain of Marcesina in the winter months. Starting from the Valmaron Enego Fund Centre, in fact, 200 km of cross-country slopes,always perfectly snow-covered and well-beaten,which cross exciting places and breathtaking landscapes. The skier, in such a context, will not only slide the skis towards a fixed destination but, in doing so, it will be able tovarsi immersed in a natural scenario of unheard-of beauty, expecting at any moment to see the classic pointy cap of a gnomeemerge from the thicket, so much is magical and fairy-tale the landscape!

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

E-BIKE RENTAL FOR THE 2020 SUMMER SEASON

During the 2020summer season, in July, August and September,the Enego Tourism Office offers the e-bike rental service,for those who want to explore the territory on the electric bike or pedal-assisted.

To rent e-bikes you can go to the Tourism Office on the following days and times:

- Monday to Friday > 9:00 - 10:00 and 18:00 - 19:00 / in August 09:00 - 12:00 and 16:00 to 19:00

- Saturday and Sunday > 9:00 - 12:00 and 16:00 - 19:00 / also in August

- Monday to Friday > 35th full day 20th half day

- Saturdays and Sundays > 40th full day 25th half day

For info and reservations call 3500230698 or write to [email protected]

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