The Fassa Valley - Fascinating Dolomites

The valley is surrounded by the most famous mountains in the world, the Dolomites, where nature has generously dispensed some gifts of extraordinary beauty

The Fassa Valley is set in the heart of the Alps and is surrounded by the most known mountains in the world: the Dolomites.

In 2009 the Dolomites were declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Indeed, the Fassa Valley can be seen as the synonym of the Dolomites: from magic pinnacles, protagonists of thousands of legends, magic mountains where the Ladin people live: this proud population, living here since 2000 years, is now an ethnic minority protected in its language, culture and traditions.

The Dolomites of the Val di Fassa have deeply contributed to mark the first steps for the world-wide alpinism and have given prosperity to this valley. The most important massifs of the so-called pale mountains are the Queen of the Dolomites, the "Marmolada", the "Catinaccio" (Rosengarten for German people), known in the legends as the abode of King Laurino, and the "Sassolungo”.

The Ladin people and their language
The Fassa Valley passed through many events during the centuries that have moulded the strong temperament of the local inhabitants.
The principal features of those years were sacrifice, pains and deprivations: the daily fight against a parsimonious nature, without sustenance and nourishment. During those years local painters and decorators took their poor tools on their shoulders and emigrated in search of work. Seasonally, they started a difficult journey through the Dolomitic Passes especially towards Austria. Traces of those passages like inscriptions, drawings, messages were found in the "Krimmler Tauernhaus", an alpine refuge on the way to Salzburg.

Spectacular natural landscapes and the beginning of the tourism
Some scientists were the first people who discovered the Fassa Valley: the peculiarity offered by this valley and by its marvellous geomorphological forms and rock formations. In the 19th century, after the first alpine explorations, this landscape began to be known all over the world. In a few decades the Fassa Valley became an ambitious destination for climbers and top-level alpine guides like Tita Piaz, "The Devil of the Dolomites", and tourism grew together with the construction of better roads and the connection through the valleys. In those years the basis for modern hospitality were actually founded with the construction of hotels, inns and alpine refuges.

Position >>

Canazei - Penia (Trento) - Val di Fassa

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Contacts >>

Hotel Dolomites Inn ***
Via Antersies 3 - 38032 Canazei - Penia (Trento) - Val di Fassa
E-mail: dolomites.inn@rolmail.net
tel.: +39 0462 602 212 - fax: +39 0462 602 474

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