FIERA DI PRIMIERO
The small village of Fiera di Primiero is located at the foot of the Pale di San Martino, at the confluence of the Cismon and Canali streams. It was here in the 15th century that the Tyrolean miners who came to work built a new village with the aim of trading minerals. Hence the name “fiera”.
The beautiful mountain village is located at an altitude of 730 metres above sea level and has an architecture typical of the ancient villages of Tyrol. The Archpriest’s Church of Our Lady of the Assumption is one of the most beautiful gothic churches in Tyrol and Trentino. Near the church is the 15th century Palazzo delle Miniere or del Dazio, the ancient seat of the magistrate responsible for the control of the mines and the tax office.
Not to be missed are the numerous food and wine, cultural and musical festivals throughout the Primiero.
Not to confuse you, we would like to point out that San Martino di Castrozza, together with Fiera di Primiero form the municipality of Primiero San Martino di Castrozza and also include the villages of Tonadico, Transacqua, Pieve, Siror and Nolesca.
In Tonadico, in the middle of the Paneveggio Natural Park, there is Villa Welsperg, once the residence of the Counts Welsperg, lords of these lands. The villa, built in 1853, is located near the homonymous lake, later modernly renovated and equipped, since 1996 it has been the seat of the Park Authority and houses the administrative and technical offices and the Visitors’ Centre. Villa Welsperg is a complex of three buildings, the villa itself, which also houses a library dedicated to Dino Buzzati, the small church and the barn, surrounded by a large meadow-pasture which, in the lower part, fades into a small peat bog.
From Fiera di Primiero, finally, you can reach the beautiful Val Canali. Val Canali is considered one of the most beautiful alpine valleys and represents the southern access to the Dolomites group of Pale di San Martino.
Exciting and suggestive is the road that leads to the entrance of the valley that passes under the ruins of the ancient Castel Pietra. Built in the 13th century, the fortress has been witness to wars, revolts and assaults. The suggestive atmosphere that surrounds it makes it a popular attraction for travellers. In the Val Canali seems that time has stopped: if you are looking for a place far from the worldliness in absolute silence and relax, this is the right place! Here the main economic activities are still agriculture and sheep-farming, as evidence of a lifestyle where natural rhythms are fundamental.