The village of Frangarto is located at the edge of Appiano and borders on the city of Bolzano.
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Frangarto is located 257 m asl and has got some 500 inhabitants. It benefits from its vicinity to the city of Bolzano, but is also a place that stands out due to its treasures and remarkable buildings.
The Pillhof residence is an example for the architecture of former times. The parish church of Frangarto is consecrated to S. Giuseppe and was constructed in neo-Gothic style.
In the garden of Ansitz Hochfrangart, which once was owned by an artist, there are several pieces of art, one of which can be seen from afar. The huge silver bowl is an eye-catcher when you approach the Oltradige region.
Frangarto is famous as the village next to Castel Firmiano, a construction that is on the one hand interesting from a historic viewpoint, on the other hand it hosts one of the five Messner Mountain Museums of the famous alpinist Reinhold Messner. The MMM Firmiano exhibits a collection of Messner in the historic walls, that is to say in great ambience.
In 1957 Castel Firmiano was venue for a protest rally of the inhabitants of South Tyrol and the Trentino against the Treaty of Paris after WWII. The former president of the region Silvius Magnago, in the meantime deceased, who fought for the autonomy of South Tyrol, was the leader of this event who gathered about 30,000 people for the protest.
The village is located in the valley floor and is for this reason an ideal starting point for cycling tours and extended walks towards Merano, Bolzano or the Bassa Atesina. It is connected to a vast network of trails stretching in this area.