The villages of the Val Badia-Gadertal have three names at once: one Ladin, one Italian, and one German. Thus San Vigilio di Marebbe is also called St. Vigil in Enneberg and Al Plan de Mareo. Within that context, Ladin is the primary language of this valley – a Rhaeto-Romanic language that dates back two thousand years. In San Vigilio, the Ladin sense of living can be felt very strongly. The Ladin traditions and customs are genuinely lived here and are a part of everyday life. And sports and leisure time are important subjects in San Vigilio. The closeness of the Fanes-Senes-Braies/Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park in the Dolomites makes it possible to start many mountain tours right from close to the village. Hiking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, cable climbing, skiing, ski touring, sledding, and cross country skiing are the most popular types of sports that can be engaged in while in San Vigilio. And those in search of an extra dose of adrenaline can try the longest zip line in Europe.
On the sunny slopes above San Vigilio lies the idyllic little village of Pieve di Marebbe-Enneberg Pfarre, which is regarded as the cradle of Ladin culture. The inhabitants are primarily farmers who actively live the old-time Ladin farm culture. Typical South Tyrol-Südtiroler products such as speck farmer’s bacon, honey, or cheese are produced right on the farm. The pilgrimage church is the destination of numerous pilgrims and other visitors.
Longega-Zwischenwasser is at the confluence of the San Vigilio stream and the Rio Gadera-Gaderbach – the main river of the Val Badia-Gadertal. That gives the village its name in both Ladin and German. The village is small and offers above all else access to nature. A Nordic walking tour is the perfect opportunity to admire the wide variety of the local flora and fauna.
Anyone seeking absolute peace and quiet away from the hectic pace of everyday life will find it in Rina-Welschellen, a tranquil mountain village located on a sunny slope at 1,450 m (4,757 ft.) Embedded in the fantastic scenery of the Dolomites, it is an excellent place to relax. The village has a population of only 500 and is shaped by agriculture. Rina is a good base for mountain tours in the summer and snowshoe hikes in the winter.
The village of San Martin, protector of the Ladin culture, is the main village and namesake of the municipality of San Martin. The interesting Museum Ladin Ciastel de Tor (Link) is housed in the impressive castle of Schloss Thurn, and the Ladin culture institute, 'Micurà de Rü' (Link), is in the village centre. This is where you can experience Ladin culture at every turn, see it every day, hear and taste it, and get to know the fascinating world of the Dolomites, so closely bound up with the Ladin way of life. By foot across the mountain pastures, with helmet and climbing hooks against rock faces, on skis, sledge or snow shoes on glittering white snow: the rugged and mythical mountain world of Puez-Geisler Nature Park is there to be conquered and the wonderful flora and fauna are there to be discovered .... making for lasting memories.
You pass Antermoia on the way to Würzjoch (Ju de Börz). A small church, a charming little ski area for families and beginners and two well tended cross country runs at Würzjoch, enchanting paths and exciting mountain tours, the imposing Peitlerkofel mountain in sight … every single one of these would be worth a holiday that you can look back on with happy memories for years to come.
The unspoilt and traditional mountain village of Lungiarü lies in a long, quiet side valley. It was many hundreds of years ago that the first farmers settled here, at the heart of the Dolomites, safeguarded by the Geisler mountains and Puez group. Today, two themed walks, 'Val di Murins' and 'Roda dles Viles', bear witness to the former way of life in the hamlets and the work of the millers. At the foot of the Puez-Geisler Nature Park, too, lots of excursions await both in winter and in summer to cater for every need.
Picolin means 'little one', and the locality of Picolin really is little, with its 250 inhabitants. It is a picturesque Ladin mountain village lying within a stone's throw of Kronplatz ski slopes. You can even get to the Picolin cable car on skis, or in maximum ten minutes' walk: a paradise for fans of extended ski slopes with the Kronplatz fun factor. At the same time, it makes a good base for more leisurely winters and summers in the midst of nature.