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When you've finished fighting your way through the Vatican, Uffizi and crowds of the "Golden Triangle" (as I like to call it) of Rome, Florence and Venice there are a myriad of wonderful museums to see, all without the hordes found elsewhere. Wouldn't you prefer to have a place such as this to yourself? I know my choice.
For details I will quote directly from the local tourist information board, "The Ciastel de Tor castle lies in a breathtaking position, on a small hilltop above the picturesque town of San Martino. Inside this beautifully restored medieval construction, the provincial government of Bolzano has founded the new Historic and Cultural Museum of Val Badia.
According to historic documents this castle dates back to the XII century and its architecture is a mix of romantic, gothic, baroque and modern styles. From the XV century to the year 1803, this medieval structure was used by the judges and administrators of the Bishop Prince of Bressanone as their residence, as the administrative and judicial headquarters, and whenever necessary, as a prison. From 1803 on, it became the home of three rural families until it was purchased by the provincial government of Bolzano.
The museum highlights the history and lives of the inhabitants of five valleys situated in the heart of the Dolomites: Val Badia, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Livinallongo and Ampezzo, where the native language Ladino is still spoken today. Each valley has its own dialect and every community possesses distinct traditions and characteristics. For this reason the entire exhibit is based on two main topics, the Ladino culture and language.
Modern expositional techniques are used to illustrate the history of the Ladino language, as well as the development of culture and tourism in the five major valleys. The Ciastel de Tor Museum is bound to become a fascinating cultural centre both for the local people and for the hundreds of tourists travelling through this splendid region."
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