1. Castle of Drena
“Castel” Drena, originally a fortified outpost of the Seyano family along the ancient Roman road, became a property of the Counts of Arco in 1175. For many years, however, the castle and its grounds were disputed between the two families (one standing for the bishop in Trento, the other for the imperial power). Since 1399 the military garrison (which housed a small number of soldiers under the command of a captain) was progressively expanded until it obtained its current shape in the seventeenth century: a vaguely triangular wall enclosing the top of hill (4200 square meters of terrain) and a crenelated tower in ashlar stone standing over 27 meters high. In 1703 the castle was heavily bombarded by the French General Vendôme, leading to a period of slow decline.Following the purchase by the municipality (in 1981) and restoration, Castel Drena now appears in its "essential splendor", perfectly embedded in the surrounding scenery, shaping and characterizing the landscape of the town, of which it is an inseparable component. The medieval castle is used as a permanent museum and as a fascinating setting for temporary exhibitions and artistic events.
Opening times: www.gardatrentino.it/en/Drena-Castle/
Next: from the castle we take the road into the town, then turn right following the signposts to Braila. About ten minutes after leaving Drena, we will reach the Open Air Gallery and its parking.