The municipality of La Valle, in the Dolomites
The town of La Valle (La Val) in Alta Badia extends across a slope, surrounded by woods at the foothills of the well-known plateau of the "Armentara" and the "Sasso Croce".
These factors make La Valle the ideal place to spend a relaxing vacation in constant contact with nature in its most honest form. In the immediate area are two stupendous natural parks: the "Fanes - Sennes - Braies" and the "Puez - Oedle".
Thanks to its ideal geographic location, the town of La Valle is one of the main entrances to the "Fanes - Sennes - Braies" natural park, becoming therefore an optimal departure point for innumerable excursions, in both summer and winter.
The "Fanes - Sennes - Braies" park, with its expanse of 25,680 hectares, is one of Alto Adige's largest parks. But its notoriety is essentially due to the innumerable legends of the "Regno dei Monti Pallidi", according to the legend a territory populated by the mysterious people of the Fanes. And it is here that we find Il Parlamento delle marmotte (The Marmot Parliament), constellation of uniquely-formed and particular mountains, which, also according to the legend, became with its rifugio dei Nagi caves, the last survivors of the people of the Fanes.
Not far from the fairly-tale "Fanes - Sennes - Braies" national park extends that of the "Puez - Geisler", with a surface of 10,196 hectares. Its territory touches the "Passo delle erbe" to the north, reaching "Passo Gardena" to the south, to the west is part of the Val Badia (Longiarú and Antermoia) reaching Val di Funes and Val Gardena to the east.
The "Puez - Geisler" offers the possibility of admiring the Dolomites in their forms unique to the world.
Places to visit
A variety of places of interest are found in the immediate vicinity of La Valle, in order to render even rainy days rich with fantastic experiences.
Provincial Ladin Museum “Ciastel de Tor”
the Ciastel de Tor at S. Martino in Badia, whose history dates back to the 12th century, was the judicial center "Thurn in Badia", becoming therefore fundamental for the history of the Ladins of the Dolomites, the most remote of the three ethnic groups present today in Alto Adige. The museum offers, with advanced technologies, a virtual journey into the past in search of the origins and history of the Ladin people.
Ciastel de Tor
via Tor 72,
39030 S. Martino in Badia
Tel. +39 0474 524020
Fax +39 0474 524263
Pic Museo Ladin:
In S.Cassiano stands the "Pic Museo Ladin", in which are found many of the most important historical and cultural finds of the Ladin history. Inside the museum are exhibited the skeleton of the famous "Ursus Speleus" found in the "Conturines" caves, a collection of geologic fossils, and a collection of antique tools and domestic utensils, testimonies of the Ladin history and tradition, the most antique population of the alpine.
Tel. +39 0471 849505 – 849408
Tuesday to Friday -- from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
S. Barbara chapel in La Valle:
the chapel of S.Barbara is located on a hill, offering to its visitors a panoramic view - unique in its kind. It is reachable by foot from the center of town in less than an hour. The chapel was built by miners, who handled the iron extracted from Monte Pora in Valparola. Its importance was made clear by the fresco on the chapel’s outside wall, depicting the crucifixion. Notable is the sensitivity with which the artist was able to bring to the wall, not mere figures but emotions.
Birthplace of S.Giuseppe Freinademetz in Oies:
the birthplace of S. Giuseppe Freinademetz is in Pedraces / Oies, and has become an important destination of pilgrimages. S. Giuseppe was beatified by Pope Paul VI in 1975 and canonized on October 5, 2003 by Pope John Paul II for having dedicated his life to his help to his fellow man, brought on by strong religious conviction. Oies is reachable by foot starting out either from the church of S. Leonardo/Pedraces or from Cianins/La Villa, passing the Fistí and Larzonei masi (typical mountain farmhouses).
Santa Croce refuge
long ago in 1484, upon the request of Bishop "Corrado", was built a chapel at an altitude of 2,045 meters, which was expanded in the 17th century and completed with a bell tower. In 1718 ever keeping with its style, a building was built with the two-fold function of hosting the sacristan and refreshing pilgrims. And as tradition would have it, still today countless pilgrims and visitors, don’t pass up the opportunity to be spoiled inside the antique walls of those same administrators, with a multitude of delicacies - in particular by the famous "Kaiserschmarren". For excursion lovers, there are diverse itineraries starting out from La Valle, Pedraces, La Villa, and S. Cassiano and ending up at the Ospizio di S.Croce. For the rest, there is the ski lift at Pedraces.
La valle dei mulini – Longiarü
the would-be Valle dei Mulini, Val di Morins in Ladino, is the main attraction of the town of Longiarü. Today the mills, for the most part, still work - living testimony of a remote culture brought back again to our time.
Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park Visitor Center
Found in San Vigilio di Marebbe with its particular elliptic form, the Museum offers interesting finds of various types: typical alpine animals, insects, flowers and plants, geologic forms, archeological finds, and references to the most famous Dolomite legends. It is all presented with teaching games, adapted above all to children, entertaining and constructive, audio-visual documentation and artistic representations. Entrance is free.