Prissiano is the home of the largest and most ancient grapevine of the world and is also called the village of castles.
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On the Monte di Mezzo di Tesimo, high above the Val d’Adige, there is the village of Prissiano, located at 624 m asl. Its name derives from the Roman general “Priscus“. Inhabited by some 800 people, Prissiano is located very close to the Gruppo di Tessa nature park and is absolutely rich in castles and historically important buildings and castles. Not only due to the Wehrburg Castle, the Zwingenburg Castle and of course Katzenzungen Castle, Tesimo is often called the village of castles.
The Renaissance Katzenzungen Castle can be reached passing a 32 m long stone bridge. Not only the castle itself, but also the grapevine it boasts, which is considered to be the largest and most ancient on a world-wide scale, is worth a visit.
The village was able to preserve its original atmosphere, above all due to the fact that many buildings have been put under monumental protection. Worth to be visited are also the S. Martino and S. Antonio chapels. The most famous citizen of Prissiano, however, is canon Michael Gamper, who is name-giving for the cultural centre of Prissiano.
For those who like promenading and hiking, Prissiano has got lots of possibilities to offer, such as the adventure trail, the International Felt arts trail or a tour to Schönegg for those who are more experienced. The first-choice season for hikes in Prissiano is autumn, while August is the month in which the village fair “Gasslfest“ takes place. The tennis courts in the village complete the offer regarding leisure time activities.