PIAZZA DEL PAESE, 41, Aldino, (Bolzano/Bozen)
In the Aldein Museum, the visitor finds sacred art which reflects religious and secular forms of art from the Baroque and Rococo eras. In 2000, the little museum was expanded with paintings, wood carvings, coins, and medallions from private collections. Since its opening in 1990, the Aldein Museum has grown continuously. In the meantime, the Museum Society has come to operate three museums in different locations within the community with varying opening hours. In the Mill Museum, technical cultural assets from rural everyday life are looked after and the use of water power is introduced. In the “Thalmühle” mill, grain is ground into flour, while in the “Matznellermühle”, mill, grain and wool are pressed. In the smithy addition, visitors can at times also try their hands at the art of forging. Of particular interest is the “Schiaßermühl” mill. This is where school children from Aldein can make their own marbles out of two or three-colored sandstone. The Geomusuem in Radein (Radengo), opened in 2004, is devoted to one of the most superb and geologically interesting gorges in South Tyrol and, indeed, all of Europe. Along with the Geoparc visitor’s center, it presents the origin of the Bletterbach Gorge, a three kilometer (2 mile) long accessible canyon with volcanic and sedimentary rock. A visit to the Geomuseum, newly renovated in 2006, is an ideal addition to a hike along the Bletterbach.