Plan, Laguscel, Grones, Seres, Miscì, Frëina – these are some of the Viles that may be reached on foot. On the paths between these old hamlets, the difficult living conditions of the Dolomite dwellers and the creativity and drive required to overcome these difficulties may plainly be seen. Both Roda dles Viles themed walks are in Lungiarü (San Martin) and San Vigilio Dolomites. The well kept buildings clearly show the cramped conditions that the inhabitants of these compact constructions shared during the long, hard winters and because of their need for self-sufficiency caused by their isolation. They didn't just share a well, sink and oven, but bigger tasks, such as the building of a new 'Majun', or hay barn, were a communal effort, too. People could not survive without pulling together as a group.
At Lungiarü, along the roaring Seresbach stream, the old mills have been restored and are a feature of the Val di Murins themed walk. A few of the mills are even operational today. This mill route is an easy family walk allowing insights into the erstwhile daily life of the Ladin people and may be easily tied in with a visit to one of the Viles. Bit by bit, interesting facts and small curiosities let you gain access to Ladin culture, nature and tradition: Trù Vistles will particularly appeal to children, too!
Stories and history
How should you approach a foreign culture? How can you get to know and understand it? The ideal way to gain some understanding is definitely by looking at history. In time lapse you can see the development of how the local way of life came about and the challenges that shaped the people here. Ladin Ciastel de Tor Museum shows how the Dolomites rose up out of the sea and how settlement began. Displays vividly explain how the wonderful, yet often merciless forces of nature dictated the rhythms of daily life. Nature is also portrayed in mythical manner in the legends. There is a whole section taken up by how the impressive, yet barren environment has shaped the economy in less distant times too (particularly in arts and handcrafts) and, even more recently (mainly in tourism). We see how Ladin language and culture came about and was in fact able to persist thanks to the difficult living conditions and character of the Dolomite Ladin folk caught between the German language and cultural area on one hand, and the Italian on the other.
Past and present – tradition and modernity
Culture does not only occupy a place in the past, however. Creativity always finds new means of expression by using new approaches. One of the latest 'babies' is SMACH Constellation of art, culture and history in the Dolomites, 2015, where old habitats provide the framework for modern and territorial art. Old utensils – an expression of a way of life passed down through generations – receive a new meaning in the Open air museum and are placed in a new perspective with creative interpretations of nature. Traditions are also kept alive in the cuisine, local costume, music and customs.