"Vicosoprano" Soglio Things to Do Tip by german_eagle

Soglio Things to Do: 10 reviews and 40 photos

  Vicosoprano
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  • Vicosoprano - Soglio
      Vicosoprano
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  • Vicosoprano, Senwelen tower in the background - Soglio
      Vicosoprano, Senwelen tower in the background
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  • Vicosoprano, town hall - Soglio
      Vicosoprano, town hall
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  • Vicosoprano, town hall - Soglio
      Vicosoprano, town hall
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  • Vicosoprano, sgraffito decorated facade - Soglio
      Vicosoprano, sgraffito decorated facade
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Vicosoprano is sort of the administrative centre of the valley. It's a mostly unspoilt very small town that deserves more attention by tourists than it actually gets - which is not far from zero. Like all the other villages (except Soglio) it is located on the valley floor, the former main road running right through it. Nowadays the main road bypasses the town, giving it peace and making strolls very pleasant.

Pictures 2, 3, 4: Probably the main sight is the town hall from 1583 in the centre of Vicosoprano. The facade has sgraffitos from the same time, on the left side left an allegory of justice with sword and scales of justice, on the right depicting temperance by mixing water with wine. On the right side also a pillory and an iron collar, both signs of jurisdiction that this town hall once had. The interior is a small museum and free to visit: The town council's room (and former courtroom) is wood panelled, very beautiful, and figures made of paper depict a court scene. Take a seat at the table and feel as judge! :-) Attached to the town hall is the Senwelen tower from the 13th century. First it served as residence for a noble family, from 1583 (when the town hall was built) as jail (lower three storeys). You can also walk up there (from inside the town hall), sometimes they have art exhibits. And don't miss the view from the top!

A stroll through the town along the cobbled alleys is well worth your time. Townhouses are decorated with coats-of-arms from the 14th century, often those of the Castelmur family. Others are from the 16th century, these are mostly of the Prevosti family.

Picture 5: East of town hall is a facade with very interesting sgraffito decoration from 1577: one a young man playing lute, the other a duel. Below the middle window two kids are depicted wrestling. The sgraffiti remind very much of those in the neighbouring Engadin valley. The language here is a mix of German and Italian.

Last but not least, the bridge to the district S. Cassian from 1543 is very picturesque, too.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 14, 2011
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