Pergine, Valsugana

Pergine is the district capital of the Upper Valsugana and is situated at the mouth of the Valle del Fersina and Alta Valsugana at 490m above sea level and 12km east of Trento. Some of the majestic mountains surrounding the town are Monte Marzola (1738m), Mt Celva (1000m), Mount Omo and ‘Big Mountain’ (1538m) and to the far northwest one can see the peaks of the Brentna in the distance. The river Fersina winds its way through on its way to join with the river Adige in Trento.The Caldonazzo Lake lies south of the town. Other lakes in the area are Lake Pergine Costa, Pudra lake, and Lake Canzolina Madrano.

The town of Pergine is dominated by the historic ‘Castello Pergine’, it is a 13th century castle surrounded by robust walls and situated on the hillfort of Tegazzo which dominates the Alta Valsugana Valley. In history it was the property of the Dukes of Austria and then it belonged to Emperor Massimiliano I.Today the castle is owned by the Oss family and operates as a hotel, restaurant and museum. The rooms on the second floor host exhibitions of the valley’s products, plants and the history of the castle along with documents and photographs. The guest rooms are characterised by the ancient castle and are soberly luxurious. The castle offers stunning views over the valley and the town both in the day and by night. Dotted around the castle grounds you will find pieces of modern sculpture, a new piece is normally added each year.

The town has many remarkable Renaissance buildings (Via Maier), rural architecture and vestiges of ancient times all set in beautiful surroundings. The best way to see Pergine is walk around the city and take in the beauty of the architechture , enjoy a stroll through the lively streets in the evening and enjoy a meal in one of the many ‘eateries’ and finish off with a delicious gelato . Pergine is a little gem, largely undiscovered by many tourists, and it is a joy to visit.


  • Church of the Franciscan fathers Saliente with fountain, in the right background you can see the monument to the fallen.
  • Church Convent of the Franciscan Fathers, built in 1905, the facade is reminiscent of the Church of San Babila in Milan. This church replaced the one built in 1606, dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi.
  • Parish Church of St. Mary (Deacon), in late Gothic style, built in 1556 over an older one in 1183, scholars believe dated back to the Lombard period.
  • St. Charles Church, dedicated to St. Nicholas in 1339, was rebuilt in 1615 and dedicated to St. Charles, at the time headquarters of the Brothers of the Good Death.
  • Church of St. Anthony, built in 1490 on the ruins of an earlier believed dated back to 1089. In 1797 the bones of the nearby cemetery were collected and deposited in this ancient church, which was walled up, since it is accessible only building in 1490. For a long time the church was called the Church of the Souls .
  • St. Elisabeth’s Church, built in 1633 and dedicated to St. Elizabeth, Queen of Portugal. For a long time Mass was celebrated inside for the students of the nearby school.
  • Church of San Rocco, built in 1631 after Pergine was spared an epidemic of plague.
  • Apostolic Church and Workmen Pavoniani house, overlooking the valley of the modern character of Pergine from a hillside near the hamlet of Susa.
  • Ancient church of Santa Margherita, built before 1247 , was a center of spiritual reference to the nearby hospital of the Holy Spirit (XV century), now in ruins. It is now home to a bar.
  • The churches above are those in the city suburb,there are also many very interesting churches located in several of the villages of Pergine.

Civil Architecture

  • Former Filanda Chimelli, built in 1832 and now houses municipal offices and district. Remarkable adjacent the chimney.
  • Palace Tomelin, the seventeenth-century period, was the seat of the headquarters of Giacomo Medici, who led the Italian expedition during the third war of independence. Now it is the seat of the Cassa Rurale di Pergine.
  • Town Hall of 1697 , initially one floor, was raised in 1786 after a fire. On the rooftop there is a bell and a clock.
  • Former stand-hotel, the sixteenth-century period, has been the site of a hotel, an inn and a horse-changing station.
  • Gramatica Palace, takes it’s name from the family who owned it in the nineteenth century.
  • Palace in Prato, from the sixteenth century .
  • Palazzo Gentili-Crivelli, of 1500 , with a large porch.
  • Hippoliti Palace, the late fifteenth century .
  • Montel Palace, renovated and transformed into a stately home in 1847 , now home to other activities.
  • Canopi Building, formerly the head office of the Corporation of Canopi, the miners who worked in the mines ‘s silver , copper , and lead the Perginesi.
  • Cerra Palace of XV century.
  • Oratorio Don Bosco Parish, built in 1882 , still center of the ‘ Oratory Parish , located high on the top of the building the bell. In ‘ oratory is also a theater and cinema.
  • Providence, built in 1923 , at the time the seat of the parish women’s recreation center, now home to the Scout Pergine (Association Scout of Europe ESF )
  • Post oldest hotel, the end of 1800, the name recalls the ancient use of this building hotels and foreign exchange remittance for use post-horses. Now used as a restaurant and bank.
  • Abattoir, built at the end of 1800, once used to slaughter the cattle, now the town library and town halls of Pergine.
  • Kindergarten Chimelli GB, built in 1800, still used for this purpose.
  • Rose Villa, wonderful villa of 1912 is situated on a hillside near the hamlet of Vigalzano, now the hospital for the rehabilitation (physiotherapy). In a few years the building will be used for other tasks, for transfer to the valley of the hospital. Originally it was called Villa Giulia.
  • Perini Villa, near the Montesei Serso .
  • Villa Romanese, showy villa in the south of Pergine, in an elevated position, near the hamlet of St. Christopher.
  • Villa Graziadei, lakeside villa near the hamlet of St. Christopher.
  • Education institution “Marie Curie”, once the asylum, now home to high school as high school and high school social science.


  • Saliente Fountain, with its famous sea horses, was built in 1924 in the square opposite the convent of the Franciscan Fathers.
  • Fountain Square Garbari, leaning against the building-Dear Crivelli, water welling up to be a newt in a basin below.

Other less artistic fountains in Pergine:

  • Fountain of the church of San Carlo, the church of San Carlo
  • Fountain City Park, between the park and over the mountain via Marconi.
  • Fountain of Spiaza of the Geese, in the square.
  • Fountain in via Maier, on a building at the bottom on Maier.
  • Fountain on a Bartolomei, in the street.
  • Fountain Chimelli being, in the street.

Contemporary architecture

  • Center intermodadale Pergine station. Bus stops are located on the back of the building. Next to the Intermodal Center you can see the old station
    Intermodal Center, recently built (2006), is both the train station in the city , the urban and suburban bus station. It was built alongside the old station building.
  • New Theatre, is nearing completion, built on the site of the former barracks of the traffic wardens and even before the fire. In this place once stood the city’s cinemas. This theater will collect municipal uses Don Bosco and the theater will add to the existing two smaller theaters: the same “Don Bosco”, which will remain linked only to use parish and oratorios, and the “Theatre of Garberia”.


At the headquarters of the Pergine School Musical “Camillo Moser Pergine” founded in 1976. In the area also contains the following music associations:

  • Making Jazz aps
  • Social Pergine Banda, Fanfare Perginesi already in existence since 1865
  • Genzianella Choir, founded in 1961 has made numerous national and international trips, even overseas .
  • Castel Pergine Choir, founded in 1968.
  • St. Joseph’s Choir, founded in 1991.
  • Calicantus Choir, founded in 1992.
  • Castle Rock Choir.
  • Wisteria chorus.
  • School of Modern Music Rising Power, established in 1994 to meet the needs of boys from a school where they teach that part of instruments and musical genres are not considered by other schools in the area, as marked by the classic

Interested in finding out more about this beautiful region of Italy? then why not check out the Attractions in Trentino-Alto-Adige and for a flavour of this region take a look at Cuisine and Wines of Trentino-Alto-Adige

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