Val Gardena is one of the most precious treasures hidden in the heart of South Tyrol, a hidden region in northern Italy. This Alpine valley, with its majestic peaks and charming towns, represents the perfect synthesis of tradition and innovation, unspoiled nature and state-of-the-art infrastructure.

In every season, Val Gardena offers an extraordinary variety of activities and attractions to satisfy any type of visitor.

One cannot talk about Val Gardena without mentioning its outstanding winter sports opportunities. The resorts of Ortisei, Santa Cristina and Selva di Val Gardena are the starting point for exploring one of the largest and most impressive ski areas in the world: the Dolomiti Superski. Among the immaculate and sunny slopes, ski and snowboard enthusiasts can enjoy more than 1,200 km of well-prepared slopes.

In summer, Val Gardena turns into a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking, mountain biking, paragliding and climbing are just some of the activities available.

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Val Gardena is not only nature and sports, but also a rich culture. The Ladin language, one of the three official languages along with Italian and German, is spoken by part of the population. Local traditions and customs are still kept alive today through festivals and events such as the “Gröden in Tracht,” where residents wear traditional Tyrolean costumes.

ui gastronomy is a tasty blend of Alpine and Mediterranean flavors. Restaurants and mountain huts offer typical dishes such as dumplings, South Tyrolean speck, and the world-famous apple strudel.

Visiting Val Gardena means immersing yourself in a world where nature reigns supreme, traditions are still alive and there is always an activity to do or an event to participate in. Whether you are a snow lover, a hiking enthusiast or a foodie, Val Gardena has something to offer you.

The villages of Val Gardena

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Nestled between the imposing peaks of the Dolomites, Val Gardena in South Tyrol offers a perfect balance of breathtaking nature, rich culture and deep traditions. Its main mountain villages, Selva, Santa Cristina and Ortisei, are real gems to be discovered.

Selva di Val Gardena

The first stop on this virtual journey is Selva di Val Gardena, also known as Wolkenstein in German and Sëlva in Ladin. This lively village blends with its natural surroundings, offering breathtaking views of the Sella massif and the imposing Sassolungo. In the wintertime, Selva is a paradise for snow sports enthusiasts, with direct access to the extensive Dolomiti Superski ski area. Summer, on the other hand, provides endless opportunities for hiking, climbing and mountain biking.

The complete guide of Selva di Val Gardena

Saint Christina

We continue our tour with Santa Cristina, a charming town characterized by a colorful and fascinating landscape. Known for its tranquility and authentic character, Santa Cristina offers numerous opportunities to explore the beautiful nature, from Pic Mountain to the striking Odle Group. Renowned for its ski slopes, Santa Cristina also attracts hiking and mountaineering enthusiasts.

The complete guide to Santa Cristina

Ortisei

Last but not least is Ortisei, a well-known cultural and economic center of Val Gardena. This dreamy resort is famous for its elegant boutiques, art galleries, and workshops of artisans who have been carving stunning wooden figures for centuries. A stroll along Ortisei’s main street, with its stores, cafes and traditional restaurants, is a rich and authentic experience. The network of hiking trails around the village offers unforgettable panoramic views into the heart of the Dolomites.

The complete guide to Ortisei

The villages of Val Gardena are a perfect interaction between nature and culture, between tradition and modernity, between extreme sports and moments of relaxation. These countries offer joys and adventures for everyone, from solo travelers to families, from sports lovers to foodies.

A visit to these villages not only fills the eyes with unique mountain landscapes, but also the heart with the pure and authentic energy of South Tyrol.

No photo or description can really do these places justice: pack your bags and come discover them for yourself!

What to see in Val Gardena

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Val Gardena, located in the heart of the South Tyrolean Dolomites, holds incredible natural beauty worth discovering. From majestic mountain peaks to hiking trails through meadows and forests, South Tyrol offers a variety of spectacular landscapes.

Here are some of the main natural attractions in and around Val Gardena.

Sassolungo group and the Sassopiatto

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The Sassolungo Group and Sassopiatto are among the most famous and impressive mountains in the Dolomites. Characterized by limestone cliffs and towering peaks, these massifs offer breathtaking scenery and are a must-see destination for mountaineering and trekking enthusiasts.

Puez-Odle Nature Park

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The Puez-Odle Nature Park is a protected area that covers more than 10,000 hectares and includes part of Val Gardena. A variety of vistas can be seen in this park, from Dolomite peaks to alpine meadows and coniferous forests. The well-marked trails attract hikers of all ages and experience levels.

The Garden of King Laurino

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King Laurin’s Garden, also known as Roda di Vael, is an impressive labyrinth of rock towers located between the Rosengarten and Latemar mountains.

The legend of King Laurin, a folktale of the region, tells of a mountain dwarf and his rose garden. With its unique rock formations and spectacular views, King Laurin’s Garden is a must-see destination for nature lovers.

Seceda

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Seceda is a mountain located in the heart of the Odle Mountains, with an elevation of 2,500 meters. Accessible by cable car from Ortisei, it offers unforgettable views of the surrounding peaks and Val Gardena. The mountain is also a starting point for hikes and walks of varying difficulty, offering opportunities for all hiking enthusiasts

Alpe di Siusi

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Alpe di Siusi is the largest plateau in Europe, located just outside Val Gardena. This enchanting place transforms with the seasons, offering flowering meadows, lush forests and spectacular Dolomite peaks. It is a popular destination for hiking, biking and horseback riding, as well as cross-country skiing and snowboarding in winter

Val Gardena and its surroundings represent a true treasure trove of natural beauty, offering spectacular views and exploration opportunities for all tastes. Whether you are an avid hiker, mountain lover or simply looking for breathtaking views, South Tyrol awaits you with its hidden wonders.

Skiing in Val Gardena

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If you’re looking for the perfect winter destination in the Italian Alps, nothing else comes close to Val Gardena in South Tyrol. This valley is world famous for its beautiful ski slopes, spectacular mountain views and incredible cultural heritage. Here are some pointers on how to best enjoy your ski adventure in and around Val Gardena.

Val Gardena Ski Resorts

Val Gardena is dotted with ski resorts, intended for both beginners and experienced skiers. Three of the most well-known ski villages in the valley are Ortisei, Selva di Val Gardena and Santa Cristina.

  1. Ortisei: Ortisei offers extensive access to the Val Gardena ski area with over 175 km of slopes. This area is perfect for families and beginner skiers, with a wide selection of easy and medium slopes.
  2. Selva di Val Gardena: Located at the foot of the majestic Sassolungo, Selva offers high-quality slopes for advanced skiers and direct access to the famous Sellaronda, a ski tour of the Sella massif.
  3. Santa Cristina: A little quieter than its neighbors, Santa Cristina is known for its scenic red slopes and spectacular views of the Sassolungo.

Sellaronda

The Sellaronda is one of the most famous ski tours in Europe. This tour traverses the Sella Massif, passes through four Dolomite valleys and offers a full day of uninterrupted skiing. The well-maintained slopes, breathtaking views of the Dolomites, and an array of cozy lodges make it a must-see for all skiers visiting South Tyrol.

Ski Schools

For beginners or those who wish to improve their skills, there are several ski schools in the valley. They offer courses for all ages and experience levels, from beginners to advanced. In addition, there are several specialized schools for children, for them learning skiing is made fun and safe.

Culture and Gastronomy

Skiing here is only part of the experience. This valley is famous for its Ladin history and culture, offering a mix of Italian, Austrian, and Ladin traditions. After a day on the slopes, stopping at one of the mountain lodges to enjoy a delicious dinner of goulash dumplings or Tyrolean-style dumplings is a must.

Where to sleep in Val Gardena

Val Gardena, offers a wide range of accommodations for all tastes and budgets. If you’re looking for something luxurious, you can choose from a range of 4- and 5-star hotels, many of which are located directly on the slopes, offering convenience and easy access to the ski slopes.

At the same time, there are several more affordable options, including vacation homes, apartments and campgrounds.

For a unique experience, you could choose a charming farm where you will be able to immerse yourself in the culture and rural traditions of South Tyrol.

Regardless of your choice, the warm welcome of South Tyroleans will make you feel at home right away.

Again, as in many locations in the Alps, it is definitely advisable to book early to get the best possible choice.

 


How to get to Val Gardena

Getting to Val Gardena, one of the jewels of South Tyrol, is very easy thanks to its well-connected location.

By car, you can easily reach it via the A22 Brenner freeway, exiting at Chiusa/Klausen and continuing along the highway for about 20 km.

If you prefer to travel by train, the nearest train stations are in Bolzano, Chiusa and Bressanone, from where you can take local buses or cab shuttles directly to Val Gardena.

For those who choose to travel by air, the nearest airports are Innsbruck, Munich, Verona, Venice, Treviso, and Milan, all served by major carriers and connected to the area by shuttle services or public transportation.

In addition, during the ski season, several tour operators and bus companies offer direct connections from many European cities directly to ski destinations in the valley, further facilitating arrival in this scenic area of South Tyrol.

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