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The wanderer from Venice to San Vigilio di Marebbe

The wanderer from Venice to San Vigilio di Marebbe

"Le Mandl de Aunejia (Venezia) a Ras"

Perched on a hill close to San Vigilio di Marebbe, in the Val Badia, you can find a castle that the nobles of Ras had had built in the XV century.

King Ombro e Ombretta

King Ombro e Ombretta

High above in the Val Pettorina, north of the Serrai of Sottoguda, stood an enormous bronze door, which led to the mythical reign of King Ombro. He lived in a marvellous alabaster castle, whose entry was only granted to very few people. 

His daughter, Ombretta, was really pretty, always cheerful and smiling, and was loved by all the citizens. Only her stepmother felt resentment towards her, for she saw what an impediment she was to her own daughters, themselves not as charming as she was. The Queen had tried to marry them off several times, but to no avail. 

Dolasilla

Dolasilla

South Tyrol is a land of many myths and legends, of the most disparate kinds. The one of Dolasilla, the heroine warrior of the Fanes population, contains a sad truth: yearning for power ultimately brings only pain and sorrows. 

The witches of the Sciliar

The witches of the Sciliar

Several places in South Tyrol are endowed with peculiar charm and mystery. The story of the Sciliar Plateau, whose image is among those symbolising the Dolomites, is rich in mythological and legendary figures that live in the local woods. Stories, which have been passed on for centuries, were born out of these figures, among which the cult of the Witches of the Sciliar.

The legend of King  Laurino

The legend of King Laurino

Once upon a time, there was a short and not so good-looking king called Laurino, whose reign, hidden among the rocks of the Rosengarten, was full or marvellous roses. He was also King of many dwarfs, who spent their time digging and searching for crystals, gold and silver. Laurino possessed two magical weapons: one belt, which gave him strength equal to twelve men, and a cloak, which made him invisible.

The Salvan with a red jacket

The Salvan with a red jacket

The Salvans are legendary figures of the Ladin culture. They were the inhabitants of woods and sheepfolds and lived alone in very humble conditions. 

Once upon a time, in a small hamlet in Alta Badia, there was one of these little men, he loved sheep so much that he would always find ways to pamper them. The inhabitants of that place felt that they did not need a shepherd anymore, for he was with the herd day and night. He would bring the animals to the best pastures, caressing and pampering them, never leaving them alone, not even for a moment. He missed them at night, as well, so he would often take them grazing under the moonlight. 

Ladin culture and language

Ladin culture and language

Visiting a foreign land does not merely entail discovering unusual food combinations and enchanting landscapes, but also learning about ancient and unknown languages. Italy is a well-known kaleidoscope of colours and captivating images, a jumble of strong traditions and each region will warmly welcome you.