There is something magic around this village that sits in the middle of Primiero valley. Fiera di Primiero is an impressively small village, yet extremely pretty and picturesque. The loop proposed here is a short, relaxing and yet entertaining walk around Fiera di Primiero, which explores all its corners. Surrounded by the Dolomites on the northern side and Vette Feltrine mountain chain on the southern, for sure the landscape is going to play a major role while walking around the village. Still, we suggest to take a look at the smaller details while walking through the narrow streets, and keep the eyes fresh for the landscape once gotten on the top of Colaór, the small hill sitting next to the old town of Piéve (historical part of Fiera di Primiero).
The walk starts in front of the bridge crossing Cismón stream on the northern side of the village of Fiera di Primiero. The walk gently develops along Via San Francesco, reaching the central square of Fiera di Primiero (Piazza Cesare Battisti). It then moves toward the old part of the village, namely Piéve. A gentle cobblestones hill will lead you to the heart of the old town, where you will be able to have a look at the ancient Palazzo delle Miniere (tr. palace of the mines), the archbishop church of Santa Maria Assunta, the church of San Martino and the house of the world-wide famous engineer Nikolaus Alois Maria Vinzenz Negrelli, Ritter von Moldelbe (aka Luigi Negrelli).
The loops then continues around the newer part of Piéve. While coming back towards Fiera di Primiero, we suggest to follow the proposed track towards the top of Colaór (small hill, 40m climb). Just to be aware, the climb might not be that nice if you are not super keen on approaching hills, since it is a short but rather steep one. After getting back to Piazza Cesare Battisti, the walk continues for 400m more on the northern part of the town of Fiera di Primiero, leading you to the starting location.
Since the XV century, Fiera di Primiero is the most relevant municipality in Primiero Valley, and represents its commercial center. The village developed together with the mining industry and its name literally translates to “the market of Primiero”. During the Italian fascism, Fiera was aggregated into the bigger municipality of Primiero, for then re-gaining administrative autonomy after the end of the Second World War. Autonomy which will last for other 70 years. On the 1st of January 2016, Fiera di Primiero municipality was merged together into the new municipality of Primiero San Martino di Castrozza. Before that, with its 15 hectares, Fiera di Primiero was the second smallest municipality in Italy.
Pieve is the historical part of Fiera di Primiero. Interesting monuments to see are the following (don’t worry, they are all one next to the other):
- Church of Santa Maria Assunta, surely one of the most beautiful gothic churches on the region of Trentino,
- Palazzo delle Miniere (also called Palazzo del Dazio), the former seat of the magistrate responsible for controlling mines and taxation office. The building has a typical Austrian style, with loopholes, corner erkers, mullioned windows and ledges,
- Church of San Martino, the XI century Romanesque church that was then converted to a baptistery,
- House of Luigi Negrelli,
- Hotel Orsingher, ancient building of the XV century,
- Ancient rectory, one of the most representative buildings from an architectural perspective, dated XVI century, with its two sacred frescoes,
- Casa Patria, traditional building of the XVIII century.