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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.
THIS AREA IS OLD!
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!
After reading this page, if you wish to follow my journey through Italy, please click on the Town link below
- Pros:Great village for a walk around
- Cons:No free parking
- In a nutshell:Great wood carving's to be viewed and bought!
Travelling along the Gardena Pass we came across some beautiful mountain views of the "Sassolungo." The mountain massif... more travel advice
The Tourist Office is at 1 Rezia street, which is a long, main street of the Town. It is best to go here first, a for... more travel advice
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