Peter Mitterhofer, 19th Century inventor of the typewriter is undoubtedly the most illustrious native of Parcines/Partschins, followed by Rudolph Stingel, the internationally famous conceptual artist now based in New York.
As the only female director of a distillery in Northern Italy, Christine Schönweger continues to make her mark in Parcines. With a background in viticulture and fruit farming, she founded the Gaudenz farm distillery in 2007 on her 14th Century property, in the leafy outskirts of the rural village where she hosts tastings of her excellent distillates.
Freelance artist and writer Matthias Schönweger is a slightly eccentric character who has an important role in the art scene in South Tyrol. Owner of no less than 5o disused WWII bunkers around Parcines, which have been converted into art spaces, the recurring theme of Schönweger’s installations is a biting critical analysis of modern consumer society.
The affable, larger-than-life Karl Platino (known locally as Uncle Taa) is an eclectic, somewhat legendary character. Avid collector of Austro-Hungarian imperial artifacts, Platino is an enthusiast of Empress Elisabeth having donated his sizeable collection to the Bad Egart Museum. Besides sculpting stone and wood masks of which there are over a thousand, Platino doubles as chef at the Bad Egart restaurant earning the title of King of Snails due to his numerous snail-based specialties.