Beneath the mystical Tartscher Bühel hill in the South Tyrolean Vinschgau/Val Venosta Valley, lies the historic town of Glurns/Glorenza. First mentioned in 1304, the town has a population of just 900 inhabitants making it one of the smallest urban centres
. Yet centuries ago, Glurns was once an affluent and bustling trading centre before being burned down during the Battle of Calven in 1499. It was rebuilt with a defensive wall and gate towers that still remain intact, as does the historic town centre with its arcades, old houses and churches. Despite its turbulent history, Glurns still retains a quaint, medieval charm. The world-famous son of the town: artist and draughtsman, Paul Flora, who died in 2009, is commemorated in a permanent exhibition at the old Tauferer Torturm tower.