Built in the 1250s, it was the main residence of the Thun family. It was open to the public in 2010, and is nowadays one of the venues of the Castello del Buonconsiglio Museum.
In Vigo di Ton, Castel Thun is a splendid example of Trentino castle architecture.
Symbol of the ancient splendour of one of the most powerful families in Trentino, the magnificent and majestic Castel Thun overlooks Val di Non. Built in the 1250s, it was the main residence of the Thun family. The civil-military body is built in typically Gothic style, surrounded by a composite fortification complex with a regular plan consisting of lookout towers, bulwarks, crescent-shaped bastions, moat and a walkway. Famous is the Spanish Door - named to commemorate the legendary trip to Spain a young Thun had made - guarded by two small towers, the so-called Malta towers, and decorated with a charming ashlar work. Purchased by the Autonomous Province of Trento in 1992, Castel Thun is nowadays one of the venues of the Castello del Buonconsiglio Museum.
Among its numerous halls, still luxuriously furnished, special mention goes to the Bishop's room, which is entirely lined with Cimbrian wood and used to be inhabited by Prince-Bishop Sigismondo Alfonso Thun, and the Fireplace room, characterized by a magnificent Renaissance style fireplace. The Room of the Dead still bears on its blackened walls the traces of the candles lit during the funeral vigils. The castle's chapel, dedicated to Saint George, houses an interesting cycle of German school frescoes dating back to the second half of the 15th century.
Notes on the accessibility to the site
Accesso alla zona interna del Castello con automobile e contrassegno invalidi, previo avviso. Le rampe indicate sono in acciottolato. Porticato accessibile pavimentato con ciottoli. Cortile interamente accessibile con fondo in ghiaino. Accesso al bar-ristorante con porta larga 92 cm e gradino a scendere di 9 cm. Sala Didattica al piano terra accessibile con rampa lunga 92 cm e pendenza del 6%. Accesso alla Sala delle Guardie al piano terra, dall’esterno, con breve percorso su grata (145 cm) e gradino a scendere di 26 cm. Corte interna al piano terra con fondo in ghiaino, accessibile senza ostacoli. Cappella sempre al piano terra, con un gradino a scendere di 21 cm. Piani superiori raggiungibili con scale.