Welcome to San Vigilio di Marebbe, a small village tucked away in the heart of Italy’s enchanting Dolomites. This magical place is located in South Tyrol, a region known for its unique culture that blends Ladin, German, and Italian traditions.

San Vigilio di Marebbe offers an extraordinary year-round palette of activities. During winter, you can enjoy one of the best ski experiences in Europe, with access to Plan de Corones (or Kronplatz) and the vast Dolomiti Superski area. With well-maintained slopes suitable for skiers of all skill levels and excellent ski schools, it is an ideal place for winter sports enthusiasts.

But no less fascinating is the summer, when San Vigilio turns into a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Spectacular walks in the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park and scenic ascents to the Plan de Corones will leave you speechless.

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In addition, you can familiarize yourself with the rich Ladin culture through cultural-historical routes such as the “Tru Dles Liondes,” or by visiting cozy mountain huts with their authentic Tyrolean atmosphere.

This San Vigilio di Marebbe travel guide is committed to offering useful and detailed advice that will help you make the most of your visit to this gem of the Dolomites.

Whether this is your first visit or you are an expert in the area, San Vigilio di Marebbe will not fail to amaze you.

What to see in San Vigilio di Marebbe

Tucked away in the heart of the Italian Dolomites lies the picturesque village of San Vigilio di Marebbe. A place where unspoiled nature blends with rich Ladin culture.

Are you looking for an extraordinary experience? Here is a list of must-see attractions in San Vigilio di Marebbe.

Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park

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In the heart of the Italian Dolomites lies the enchanting Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park, one of the most attractive destinations for both hiking enthusiasts and those seeking tranquility in the midst of nature.

The park covers an area of more than 68,000 hectares, making it one of the largest nature parks in South Tyrol. The region is characterized by a high mountain landscape, consisting mainly of alpine meadows, coniferous forests and imposing peaks of the Dolomites.

One of the highlights of the park is Lake Braies. Noted for its vivid turquoise colors, it is a must-see for many visitors. The lake is surrounded by majestic mountains that make the scenery even more stunning. It is possible to go around the lake by following an easy path that is accessible to all.

In addition to Lake Braies, the park is also home to a number of other beautiful alpine lakes and waterfalls. Lake Limo, nestled in the forest, enchants visitors with its intense colors and peaceful atmosphere. Pissadu Falls is another hidden treasure among the forests and mountains, creating a unique and picturesque atmosphere.

In this nature park, it is possible to undertake a range of hikes, from the simplest and most relaxing to the most challenging and adventurous. Each trail offers spectacular views of the Dolomites surrounding the area.

Museum Ladin Ciastel de Tor

Museo Ladin Ciastel de Tor

In the heart of San Martino in Badia, just a few kilometers from San Vigilio di Marebbe, is the Ladin Museum Ciastel de Tor. This important museum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Ladin language and culture.

The museum is housed in an ancient castle of medieval origins, known as the Tor Castle, whose name refers to the “tor” or tower that stands majestically in the center of the structure. The castle architecture itself is fascinating, with a history dating back to the 13th century.

Inside the museum, one can find a series of permanent exhibits that offer a glimpse into Ladin life, culture, and identity dating back millennia. The exhibits cover topics ranging from the geology and nature of the Dolomites to the history of human evolution in the region from prehistoric times to the present day.

Visitors can explore the customs, language, legends, agriculture and crafts of Val Badia through a series of archaeological artifacts, models, photographs, videos and interactive installations. The museum also offers temporary exhibits covering a variety of topics within Ladino culture.

One of the most interesting aspects of the museum is its focus on emphasizing the relationship between Ladin people and the mountains of the Dolomites. It explores how this close relationship between man and nature has influenced the development of Ladin culture and language.

In addition to exhibitions, the Ladin Museum Ciastel de Tor also organizes a series of events, lectures, workshops and educational activities for visitors of all ages.

Parish Church of St. Vigilius

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In the heart of the picturesque village of San Vigilio di Marebbe stands the San Vigilio Parish Church, a religious structure of considerable historical and cultural importance.

Dedicated to St. Vigilius, a bishop of Trent who lived in the 4th century and was martyred for his Christian faith, the church dates from the 18th century. The building is characterized by its Baroque style while inside, it has notable Gothic ornaments reflecting the era in which it was built.

The flanking bell tower, with a height of about 82 meters, dominates the St. Vigil skyline and can be spotted from many parts of the village. With its white facade and tall steeple, the church is one of the village’s most important landmarks and a place of worship for local residents.

Inside the church, visitors can admire a number of fascinating works of art. The main piece is the imposing high altar, which features a sculpture of martyred St. Vigilius. The frescoes on the walls and ceiling, depicting biblical scenes and saints, are equally impressive in their beauty and artistic detail.

Another distinctive feature of the church is the organ, a masterpiece of art and craftsmanship. Built in 1851 by renowned organ builder Michael Pruner, the organ is still in use and is one of the most valuable instruments in this church.

Longiarù and the Valley of the Mills

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In the heart of the Dolomites lies the peaceful village of Longiarù, part of the municipality of San Martino in Badia. This picturesque hamlet is famous for its beautiful “Valley of the Mills,” a place that offers a fascinating glimpse into the region’s rural past.

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Longiarù, or Campill according to the Ladin name, is a hamlet characterized by traditional small houses, with the backdrop of the Putia massif dominating the landscape. This village, located at an elevation of 1,398 meters (3,798 feet), is at the beginning of Val Badia and offers breathtaking views all year round. Its quiet streets, natural beauty and serene atmosphere make it an ideal place for relaxing vacations.

Valley of the Mills

A unique attraction of Longiarù is its “Valley of the Mills.” Here, along the Seres Creek, you can find a series of old watermills. These mills once served as a key pillar of the local economy, serving as a place where farmers could grind their grain.

Today, eight of these mills have been restored and opened to visitors, offering a fascinating glimpse into the region’s ancient rural life. Some of the mills contain perfectly preserved original equipment, offering a true journey through time.

The functions of these mills were not only limited to grinding grain. Some were used to saw wood, card wool or grind rye and other grains.

The valley offers a well-marked trail that leads through mills and provides a wonderful opportunity for hiking. During spring and summer, the area around the mills is full of wildflowers, turning it into a botanical paradise.

Walks in San Vigilio di Marebbe

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The village of San Vigilio di Marebbe offers an idyllic atmosphere and an unparalleled natural landscape. Whether you are an avid hiker or a casual visitor looking for a quiet walk, you are sure to find a trail that suits you.

Walk in the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park

The Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park offers a myriad of trails for hiking enthusiasts. You can walk along alpine lakes, traverse lush coniferous forests or explore pristine valleys. The walk to Lake Limo is one of the most popular, known for its stunning turquoise color and magnificent views of the Dolomites.

Ascent Plan de Corones

Plan de Corones is accessible from San Vigilio di Marebbe and is an ideal starting point for many walks, both in summer and winter. It is possivilie to climb to the top by a modern cable car and from there to various walks with panoramic views of the Dolomites.

“Tru Dles Liondes” Educational Pathway.

For those interested in local culture and history, the “Tru Dles Liondes” educational trail is an excellent choice. The trail meanders through the village of San Vigilio di Marebbe, touching on major historical and cultural points of interest. It is a great way to explore the village while learning about Ladino heritage.

Skiing in San Vigilio di Marebbe

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The authentic mountain village of San Vigilio di Marebbe is one of the most beloved places in the Dolomites for ski vacations. With its well-maintained ski slopes, breathtaking views and welcoming atmosphere, San Vigilio offers a unique skiing experience!

Plan de Corones (Kronplatz)

San Vigilio di Marebbe is part of the Plan de Corones ski resort (also known as Kronplatz), the number one ski resort in the Dolomites. It offers more than 100 kilometers of perfectly groomed trails for all skill levels. The high quality of its lifts, services and slopes makes Plan de Corones one of the most popular places for skiing in all of Europe.

Dolomiti Superski

By getting a single ski pass, you will have access to the slopes of as many as 12 different ski areas in the Dolomiti Superski area, which includes Plan de Corones. That means over 1,200 kilometers of trails all at your disposal!

Ski Schools

If you are a beginner, don’t worry, you will find a wide range of classes for all ages and skill levels at St. Vigil. Local ski schools such as Ski School San Vigilio di Marebbe offer individual, group and children’s courses, with experienced instructors ready to help you perfect your technique.

Après Ski & Relax

After a day in the snow, San Vigilio di Marebbe offers a wide selection of après ski options. From the sunny terraces of mountain lodges to the cozy Tyrolean stube in the village, there is a perfect place for every moment of relaxation.

Whether you are an experienced skier looking for new challenges or a beginner wanting to learn, you are sure to have an unforgettable snow experience in San Vigilio di Marebbe!

Where to sleep in San Vigilio di Marebbe

San Vigilio di Marebbe, nestled among the spectacular peaks of the Dolomites, offers a wide range of lodging options to suit different needs and budgets.

Whether you’re looking for a luxurious five-star hotel with spas and gourmet restaurants, a cozy family-run guesthouse offering a taste of mountain hospitality, or a self-catering vacation rental ideal for families or groups of friends, you’re sure to find a place here that’s right for you.

Many facilities also offer convenient access to ski slopes during the winter and hiking trails during the summer.

Always remember to book in advance, especially during the peak season when the influx of tourists is greatest.

Also, enjoy the opportunity to sample the delicious local cuisine, which many accommodations proudly offer as part of the stay experience.

 


How to get to San Vigilio di Marebbe

San Vigilio di Marebbe, situata nel cuore delle Alpi, è facilmente accessibile da varie città europee attraverso diverse modalità di trasporto.

Per chi viaggia in auto, l’autostrada A22 (Brennero-Modena) è lo snodo principale: si consiglia di uscire al casello di Bressanone e seguire le indicazioni per San Vigilio di Marebbe lungo la Strada Statale 49.

Se preferisci il treno, la stazione di San Vigilio di Marebbe è ben collegata con le principali città della regione, con treni in arrivo da Bolzano, Bressanone e Fortezza.

Per chi viaggia in aereo, gli aeroporti più vicini sono quelli di Innsbruck in Austria (circa 105 km) e Bolzano in Italia (circa 77 km).

Da entrambi gli aeroporti, è possibile raggiungere San Vigilio di Marebbe tramite treni, autobus o servizi di trasferimento privato.

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