Once upon a time in the Dolomites
The Ladin culture: a rich tradition of folklore and music, unique architecture, and specialties that are truly worth exploring.
- Destination Val Badia
- Difficulty Level easy/intermediate
- Duration 6 nights/7 days
- Guided trip
- Departure dates mid-June – end of September
Arrive in Val Badia
Arrive at your own convenience, or choose to arrive by train to Brunico and then continue on a private transfer to a village where time seems to have stood still when working the land was the only means of survival.
Museo Messner Mountain
The MMM Corones museum, located on the summit plateau of the Plan de Corones at 2,275 meters, is focused on the history of traditional mountaineering, which was profoundly influenced by Reinhold Messner: called the "King of 8,000 meters," because he climbed the world's 14 peaks over 8,000 meters. Visitors can admire the towering mountains thanks to the viewing platform, designed by Zaha Hadid. While at high altitude, you are treated to a special gourmet lunch (not included in the cost), where talented chefs create delicious and refined dishes using local ingredients.
The afternoon is dedicated to a short guided tour of the town of Bruneck.
Hiking excursion at the old watermills
We're going on a memorable walk today, exploring the rural life of this beautiful region. We'll visit eight fully restored water mills that have been the heart of local agriculture for centuries. As we wander through the charming countryside, we'll enjoy the sound of rushing water and admire the well-tended fields and gardens, immersing ourselves in the cultural heritage and natural beauty of rural life. And of course, we'll sample the mouth-watering specialties of Ladin cuisine, made from locally sourced ingredients. This promises to be an unforgettable sensory experience!
Museo ladino - Val dl’Ert
To fully understand the rich culture of this region, visit the modern museum of Ladin culture. Discover the fascinating history and traditions of the Ladin people, whose language was once widely spoken in the Alps.
Today, with only around 30,000 speakers, the Ladin language is a precious cultural heritage that deserves to be preserved. The museum offers a treasure trove of exhibits and interactive experiences. In an alpine forest lies an open-air sculpture park with over twenty stunning works of art. The SMACH Art Competition and Dolomites Biennial have made it a popular exhibition, promoting contemporary art in the region.
Enjoy your picnic lunch with a beautiful view.
We'll wander through farmsteads where the meadows are expertly tended, bursting with vibrant colors. Ancient granaries dating back to La Tène (ca. 400 - 15 B.C.) dot the horizon. The "viles," traditional rural settlements that have stood the test of time, speak to the deep connection between people and the land. For generations, farmers have shaped the landscape, preserving ancient traditions. These places serve as a living reminder of the region's natural and cultural heritage, a testament to the human spirit's resilience and ingenuity in an ever-changing world.
Discover the enchanting beauty of the Santa Croce sanctuary. In just a few minutes walk you will find yourself whisked away to one of the most magical places in the region. The sanctuary, nestled in the heart of the Dolomites, boasts breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. You will feel a sense of peace and serenity as you take in the breathtaking scenery. Walking through the Armentara meadows will allow you to experience the natural splendor of the area up close, and taking in the stunning views will be an unforgettable experience. Stopping for lunch and enjoying local and Italian specialties is a fantastic way to refuel and take a break from the hike. You can taste the flavors of the region and enjoy the freshest ingredients while savoring the serene surroundings. In the afternoon, continuing the leisurely walk down the valley will give you the opportunity to appreciate the natural wonders of the region at a comfortable pace. Take your time to observe the flora and fauna, and breathe in the fresh mountain air. This is the perfect way to spend a day exploring the beauty of the Santa Croce sanctuary and the Armentara meadows.
Departure on your own or private transfer on request.
For additional days in the Dolomites or other Italian cities. Simply, contact us!
- Trip itinerary, development, and accommodation reservations
- Trip briefing upon arrival
- 6-night accommodation at a farm/hotel (depending on availability) with half-board
- transfers in the area, as per itinerary
- entrance fees at the museums
- 2 lunches with Ladin specialties and 1 pic-nic
- cable cars as per itinerary
- hiking maps
- Italian VAT & tourist taxes
Cost not included
Airfare, trains, public buses, private in/out airport transfers, additional transfers on request, drinks, lunches (except 3 lunches, as per itinerary), holiday extensions, insurance private expenses, and anything NOT mentioned in “costs included”
Please note, that all guided tours may be subject to changes, depending on:
- weather conditions
- the physical condition of each participant
- equipment and clothing not suitable for the excursion (e.g. sneakers instead of mountain boots, clothing not suited to the weather conditions...)
- the itinerary doesn’t include any travel or health insurance
Services on request
- private in & out airport/train transfers
- holiday extensions,
- UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guide for a Via Ferrata experience
- helicopter flights over the Dolomites
- single supplements
For any further requests, do not hesitate to ask us!
4 - 5 persons – cost per person starting at € 2.490,00
6 - 10 persons - cost per person starting at € 2.190,00
Please note: in the high season period July & August the cost can raise between 6 – 12% of the given cost.