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Hidden Treasures - Itinerary The Agricultural Terraces

Journey through the history and nature of Tenno. Starting with the town of Cologna and its many sacral works, you later visit the medieval village of Frapporta near Tenno, to finish with a long scenic walk through the area of the agricultural terraces, won from the mountain by generations of farmers.


Start: Parking in Cologna (1st part) and Parking in Tenno (2nd part)
End: Parking in TennoLength: 2 km.
Duration: 3h.
Elevation difference: 100m
Difficulty: medium
Notes: Use the car to move between Cologna and Tenno (this way, it is also suitable for families with strollers). Good shoes and water supply are recommended.

1. Cologna / Parking

One of the many villages of rural origin located on the road from Riva del Garda to Ballino pass, the highlands of Fiavè and eventually the Giudicarie Valley. It is remarkable for the multitude of shrines and sacred insignias one can find here.
2. Church of San Zenone

The church of San Zeno in Cologna, first mentioned in a parchment dated 10 July 1264, became an official chaplaincy (an altar dedicated to al member of the local community, whose bequest or donation financed the connected ecclesiastical institution and whose family was granted a right of patronage to it) in 1530 and then a “curazia” (a secondary church subordinate to a parish church) in 1749.The church was built in three separate moment since the thirteenth century and is dedicated to the bishop of Verona, Saint Zeno. You may notice some Romanesque elements, like the bell tower and the split windows in the facade, or the frescoes that appear inside and outside the building. A painted face behind the lodge is dated at the beginning of 1300.
Inside, in the western corner and on the north wall of the façade, a fifteenth century fresco cycle is conserved, with scenes of the crucifixion of Jesus and the tales of Santa Brigida, while on the south wall you can see a fresco depicting Adam and Eve in the earthly paradise, lying on the ground surrounded by herbs and flowers from which rises a tree with a coiled snake, the scene of the scourging of Jesus and the saints Catherine, Antonio Abate and San Bernardino. Below on the left is a picture of a praying young man wearing fifteenth century clothes. 
The main altarpiece depicts the Virgin Mary with Child, characteristically resting her feet on a crescent moon, San Zeno, St. Valentine and St. Francis with the cross, by the seventeenth century artist Giovanni Antonio Italiani.The altarpiece on the left, attributed to an anonymous eighteenth century master, depicts the Virgin Mary and Child Enthroned in glory, St. Sebastian, St. Bernardino, St. Carlo Borromeo and St. Louis.
The altarpiece on the right depicts the Virgin Mary with the Saints Peter, Polo, Lucia, Margaret and Catherine. The altarpiece above the entrance to the sacristy, painted by Giovanni Antonio Italiani in the mid 1600s, depicts St. Anthony and the painter's client.
3. Via dei Capitelli

Next to the parking begins the "Via dei Capitelli", where you can also see a few interesting frescoes and stone portals of the 1600. Notable are the fresco at Pasini House, as well as the Madonna and sundial at Casa Briosi. At the washing house, follow the road downhill to the Shrine of the Plague.

4. The Shrine of the Plague

This shrine was built after the plague of 1630. On the main facade a fresco from 1649 depicts the Madonna of Loreto with St. Sebastian and St. Rocco.
The two patron saints are often depicted in conjunction to the plague and the suffering of the rural world.San Rocco of Montpellier, who lived in the fourteenth century, was a pilgrim and miracle worker, and was invoked as early as the fifteenth century as a protector from the plague and other disasters that could hit the rural world, such as earthquakes and deadly diseases. A layman, he is considered a paragon of human solidarity and Christian charity, a role model for volunteer workers. San Sebastiano was a Roman soldier in the third century and Christian martyr, venerated as a saint by the Catholic and Orthodox churches, and has been prayed to since ancient times. 
He is the patron saint of policemen and of volunteers who aid the martyred and the suffering.

Information about the itinerary: From here you can go to Tenno along the steep trail that climbs up to the Castle (about 30 minutes walk on uneven terrain). Otherwise, return to the car and follow the road to Tenno to the parking in the town center.
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