The main village of Castelrotto, characterised by its mighty S. Pietro and Paolo parish church is surrounded by forests and meadows at 1,095 m asl.
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Castelrotto, called Kastelruth in German and Ciastel in the language of the Ladin population, extends in a naturally sheltered position between the Monte Calvario and the Bullaccia, right beneath the high-alpine plateau of the Alpe di Siusi. At the southernmost end, the village merges into the Laranza forest, while in the east the mountain ranges up to the Alpe di Marinzen pasture, which stand for the small but mighty local skiing area.
The name of the village probably derives from a destroyed castle, so to speak a “castel ruptum“, as documents dating back to the 10th century reveal. In the period that followed Castelrotto was granted market rights and became the main centre of the area surrounding the Sciliar. In fact, the S. Pietro and Paolo parish church with its majestic Baroque church steeple, by the way also the symbol of the village, is expression of the the economic vitality of Castelrotto.