Alta Badia - Val Badia
Sport and culture in the Ladin territories of Val Badia and Alta Badia, tourist centers among the most renowned in the Dolomites, for a special holiday in a wonderful nature.
Connected to the near valleys through no less than five mountain passes, Val Badia is the heart of Ladin tradition and comprises the municipalities of Badia, Corvara, La Valle, Marebbe and S. Martino in Badia.
Surrounded by some of the most famous peaks of the Dolomites like the Sella massif and gifted with a wonderful, unpolluted nature protected by the nature reserves Parco Naturale Puez-Odle and Parco Naturale Fanes-Senes-Braies, the valley is perfect for practicing a variety of outdoor sports: trekking, Nordic walking, climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding.
In the winter season Val Badia turns into a paradise for all winter sports lovers: you can choose among challenging ski mountaineering tours, cross-country skiing tours, and snowshoeing tours in the fairytale snow covered landscape.
However, the most popular sport in the winters of Val Badia is downhill skiing: in the ski areas of Plan de Corones and Alta Badia skiers, both experts and beginners, have at their disposal wonderful slopes of all levels or the ski tours Sellaronda and First World War.
Val Badia hosts also some important international sports events, like the World Ski Cup, taking place on the Gran Risa slope in La Villa.
Together with the valleys of Ampezzo, Val di Fiemme, Val Gardena and Val di Fassa, Val Badia is one of the territories where Ladin traditions, culture and language are still strong: thus here you find a small cultural treasure, where Ladin heritage is expressed through ancient traditions, cuisine and architecture.
The Ferrata Tridentina is one of the most popular fully equipped routes of the Dolomites. Its fame is due to the beauty of the faces of the Sella Group, to the Pisciadù waterfall diving beside the path, and to the wonderful scenic view, with the picturesque village of Colfosco in the background.
The Ladin Museum Ciastel de Tor is hosted inside the castle Ciastel de Tor in San Martino in Badia. Famous for its picturesque tower, it's dedicated to Ladin history and language.
The museum is hosted inside a wonderful Middle Age castle, once home of the local lords, that after being completely renovated was turned into the site of a permanent exhibition.