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Ortisei Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 122 photos

The village of Ortisei, in German "St. Ulrich," is located in the heart of the Val gardena valley.

Ortisei is located 1,237 metre's above sea level, is the place of work for a considerable number of wood carvers, and you see the art everywhere around the town.


Human settlements date back to 6000 B.C., confirming Hunter's used to live here in the Summer.
In 400B.C. a site of a permanent settlement was found.

The name Val Gardena is mentioned for the first time in 999 A.D.

As it was a very difficult area to enter because of the the difficult terrain, it wasn't until 1856, the Val Gardena road was opened and a new era began for the whole area. In 1915, a railway was built in just 4.5 month's, so supplies could reach the Austrian troops on the Dolomite front.


What I didn't realize, is here in this valley, is the heart of a culture named "Ladin."

Ladin belongs to the Romance language family and was probably already spoken in Val Gardena during the first century A.D. The local variety is similar to Romansh, the language spoken in Grisons, the Swiss canton.
Ladin is the first language of most Val Gardena inhabitants, and so as not to lose this language, it's also taught as a compulsory subject in schools.

Most of the population in this area are "Ladin" and they still keep the culture alive today!

The wood carving's were a highlight for me, but then I saw the Dolomite's and these were another highlight!

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great village for a walk around
  • Cons:No free parking
  • In a nutshell:Great wood carving's to be viewed and bought!
  • Last visit to Ortisei: Jun 2011
  • Intro Updated Jul 31, 2012
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Those mountains are awesome, and the skill of the woodcarvers almost as much so. I am glad you were allowed to take photos in that second shop

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    I must admit that I have never really visited this part of Italy. The scenery looks fantastic on your photos. The German name of the town St. Ulrich sounds a bit familiar to me.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Oh joy, mountains galore :-)) I was in Ortisei ages ago and loved it :-))

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    I loved this area, only got to see a small part but cant wait to get back again. in so many ways it seems like in this sort of place a slice of time stands still. And for those of us from "young" countries it is so amazing that so many of these little places have been around for so long!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Great mountain scenery in your photos!


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