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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 he is crossing, 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 clinging to the mountain: he may think that these are a few scattered houses, abandoned to their fate by an urbanization and an increasingly overwhelming globalization. But getting to Enego, knowing it, or rather, living it, is a whole other thing.

After passing the hairpin bends that rise from Primolano to an altitude of about 800 m above sea level, a fascinating vision will open up to the most attentive traveler: a mountain center suspended between the earth and the sky, surrounded by majestic fir woods and a landscape where anthropization has wisely mediated the needs of man with those of Nature. 

Enego is the easternmost of the villages of the Asiago Sette Comuni plateau and extends from the edges of the deep Valsugana, at an altitude of 200, on the right bank of the Brenta river , up to the Ortigara massif at an altitude of 2150 m above sea level.
The origin of the country is lost in the mists of time; in some places flints dating back to the Neolithic have been found while the first certain settlements date back to Roman times as confirmed by the discovery of some coins of the Roman emperor Drusus.
The semantic study of the dialect has however highlighted Slavic and German derivations which makes it incontrovertible that the first inhabitants were Cimbri, who took refuge up here around the year 100 a.C.

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 brambles fasten with raspberries, lush ferns form thick spots, and junipers intertwine into bushes. Higher up the rhododendrons bloom, the mugo with its long arms and finally, more above all, the edelweiss reigns. From mid-summer also the enthusiast can search in the woods of Marcesina the coveted porcino but also other species of mushrooms less known but equally tasty. 

Marcesina is a well-known name among ski enthusiasts. In Valmaron there is a ski area that includes slopes for Nordic skiing and offers the possibility of other pleasant pastimes on the snow such as snowshoeing and dog sledding.

Here it seems to be projected into an atmosphere of other times, a ski away from the chaotic and frenetic world of the most "fashionable" and renowned areas of Italy. Here you come to ski to relax and have fun with friends

"The Finland of Italy" is the nickname deserved by the enchanting Piana di Marcesina in the winter months. Starting from the Centro Fondo Enego in Valmaron , in fact, there are 200 km of cross-country trails, always perfectly snowy and well beaten, which cross emotional places and breathtaking landscapes. The cross-country skier, in such a context, will not limit himself to sliding the skis towards a predetermined goal but, in doing so, he will be able to immerse himself immersed in a natural scenery of unprecedented beauty, expecting at any moment to see the classic pointed cap of a gnome emerge from the thick of a grove, so magical and fairytale the landscape

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


During the summer season 2023 it will be possible to book the tennis court and the soccer field of Enego every day from April 23rd to October 30th at the Edicola di Enego "Da Azzurra" in Piazza del Popolo. It will also be possible to book the changing rooms and rent the game equipment.

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