A unique and genuine world, hidden among the Dolomites and protected from them for centuries by invasions and external influences, a world developed in a completely autonomous land, with its own language, its own culture, its cuisine, its own folklore and handicraft – this is the ancient Ladinia, the territory constituted by Val di Fassa (Fascia), Val Badia, Val Gardena (in Ladin Gherdëina), Valle d’Ampezzo (Anpezo) and Livinallongo (Fodom), which still a day today, despite the arrival of cutting-edge technology and the tourism boom, it strictly respects old traditions.
Despite the excellent knowledge of Italian and German (both of which are official languages of South Tyrol), in most local families the Ladin language is still spoken, a Rhaeto-language that dates back to the Latin vulgar mixed with the Rhaetian languages and Norwegians of the local peoples and partially influenced by German. In every valley of Ladinia the Ladin comes in different and unique forms: in Val di Fassa it is called the “fascian”.
To find out more about the history and the extraordinary Ladin culture you can visit the museums of Val di Fassa
But the easiest and, at the same time, the most interesting way to learn about Ladin culture is simply to look around and discover the traces of everyday life, once amalgamated with old sagas and legends, in the names of the houses and in the frescoes on the walls. A show not to be missed for the complete immersion in the Ladin culture are the numerous processions and parades that accompany almost every party in the summer. Traditional costumes, indescribable atmosphere, and, moreover, the inevitable musical band of the country. Discover here the traditional inevitable cultural events in Canazei most renowned of the summer:
Do not miss a taste of typical Ladin dishes to spoil the palate with the local color: tasty barley soup, tasty turtres, succulent cajincì, substantial seconds of game and much more. You could still write a lot about the amazing Ladin culture: about art and craftsmanship, about the exceptional traditions of woodworking and weaving, but to understand how special it is you have to come and see everything with your own eyes.
The main castles of Trentino Alto Adige: Castello del Buonconsiglio – Via Bernardo Clesio – TrentoCastel Thun – Via Castel Thun 4 – Vigo of TonCastel Beseno – Località Compet – Besenello
Muse- Museo delle Scienze di Trento, Corso del Lavoro e della Scienza, 3 – 38122 Trento
Mart- Museo di Arte Moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Corso Bettini, 43 – 38068 Rovereto