Culture holidays in Val Gardena: Ladin traditions in South Tyrol
A cultural trip to Val Gardena leads you into an alpine region where the Ladin cultural heritage is still dominant. Customs, culture and language of the ancient Romansh ethnic group have been preserved in the Dolomite region for generations. The traditional costumes of Val Gardena can be admired during several folk festivals throughout the year. They count among the most beautiful in the Alps, and are proudly presented by the inhabitants in the parades “Val Gardena in Costume”. Another historical heritage of this Dolomites region is the traditional art of wood carving. A striking example of the creativity of the craftsmen is the largest nativity scene in the world, which you can admire at the sports centre Iman in S. Cristina as part of your cultural journey.
Cultural discoveries in Val Gardena
An abundance of ancient castle ruins and baroque churches offer you several interesting highlights during a cultural holiday in Val Gardena, just like the charming village centres of Santa Cristina, Ortisei and Selva. The ancient Fischburg Castle (Castel Gardena) from the 17th century and the Castel Wolkenstein (Castel Selva) from the 13th century can be visited during an excursion. Impressive examples of Baroque architecture are the Church of the Saint Bolsena in S. Cristina and the parish church of Ortisei. You will also have the opportunity to visit the art gallery UNIKA and the art exposition ART52, where regional artists exhibit their work.
Culture tours to South Tyrol: Medieval flair in the cities
The towns of South Tyrol welcome you with a medieval setting. In the ancient city of Bressanone you may stroll through narrow winding streets and visit the impressive cathedral with its Gothic cloister. The spa town of Merano, with the romantic Passer Promenade and the botanical gardens of Castle Trauttmansdorff, offers several highlights, while at the Archaeological Museum in Bolzano you may admire the glacier mummy “Ötzi”. The ancient „Fugger“ town of Vipiteno was elected one of the 50 most beautiful cities in Italy. In the perfectly preserved old town, many buildings remind of the former wealth of the ore mining industry of the city.