The historic village of S. Paolo is above all famous for the Wine Culture Weeks.
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S. Paolo calls its centre “historical village”, with good reason, as it is one of the centres of South Tyrol that is adorned by lovely, traditional façades. Eye-catching are also the bays on the roads across the village. The alleys of S. Paolo could somehow also be considered a challenge for car drivers, as for higher cars the bays are often built too low. S. Paolo has got about 2,500 inhabitants and is located at 394 m asl.
The wine culture weeks in July and August as well as the comprehensive exhibitions of Chrismas cribs behind the numerous glass windows are two highlights of the event calendar in the village, attracting visitors from all over. These events make S. Paolo also famous beyond borders.
However, the most remarkable and ancient characteristic of the village is the so-called dome in the countryside. The impressive parish church consecrated to S. Pauli Conversion dates back to the 15th century, when the aristocrats in the surroundings had the ancient church renovated, in order to demonstrate their prosperity and power. The steeple was completed in 1747 and comprises one of the largest bells of South Tyrol, named Anna Maria. Its diametre is 183.5 cm and it weighs considerable 3,860 kg. The beautiful tone that it produces is a mellow, mighty A.
However, another event has brought fame to the municipality: every two years, there is the village festival of S. Paolo, called “Paulsner Dorffest”, attracting people from all over to the alleys and farms of S. Paolo, where they celebrate. Last but not least, every Monday, there is the weekly market of S. Paolo.