The remains of the Castelvecchio Castle ruin are located on a hill opposite Castel Guardia, which can be seen from afar.
Image gallery: Castelvecchio Castle Ruin
Above the “Paulsner Höhle” cave, an area beneath the village of San Paolo, Castelvecchio Castle was located. Already at the end of the 12th century, the castle was mentioned in a document. In 1189, Count Egno I. of Appiano started to build the complex. It was completed under the high monastery of Trento, which then also “rented” the castle.
The name of the castle and its origin is not that clear. But the task is clearly defined: judges of the Counts of Appiano - later the Tyrolean Princes - were allowed to stay here. From here they were able to manage the country very well. The trials took also place at Castelvecchio Castle. In the 15th century, however, the castle slowly began to decay and the trials were now held at Gandegg Castle. Around 1550 the lord of justice was Blasius Khuen zu Gandegg.
In 1910 the Palas, the main residential building of the castle complex, was rebuilt and extended into a small house. Unfortunately, the original architectural style of the castle is no longer recognisable. Only a few remains of the wall of the keep bear witness to the existence of the castle. The ruin of Castelvecchio Castle is privately owned and cannot be visited.