Dolomites & Ladins

Discover the history and traditions of our special valley community in the South Tyrolean Dolomites.

The particular language areas of the Dolomites

Before the invasion of Germanic tribes from the north and Italian people from the south, the Ladins inhabited the entire Alpine region. As a result of the clashes, however, they were forced apart. Three linguistic islands were left behind: the Graubünden Ladins in the west, the Dolomite Ladins in the middle and the Friuli Ladins in the east.

Four valleys around the Sellastock (Val Badia, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Fodom) and the areas of Colle Santa Lucia and Ampezzo are today home to the Dolomite Ladins. The settlement of the Marebbe area took place between the 9th and 13th centuries. After the benedictin abbey of the nuns of Sonneburg, Marebbe was subordinate for centuries, was closed, the inhabitants of the region many storms survived. The connection to the province of Tyrol in 1785, the annexation to Italy in 1918 and thus the division of Dolomite Ladins in the three provinces of Bolzano (Val Badia and Val Gardena), Trento (Val di Fassa) and Belluno (Fodom and Ampezzo).

The village

Native and cozy but also modern. This Ladin lifestyle can be felt in the small village of San Vigilio di Marebbe, which lies at the entrance to the Mareo Valley (a side valley of the Val Badia), in the heart of the South Tyrolean Dolomites and can look back on a thousand-year history.

The alpine appearance of the village blends in perfectly with the mountains of unspoiled nature of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage "Dolomites". Many special little places at San Vigilio, such as the dense forests, the lush green meadows or the village square, with its breathtaking baroque parish church, invite you to linger and relax.

The Ladins today

Deeply rooted in the landscape, the Ladins of the Dolomite Valleys still see themselves as one unit, as part of the trilingual culture region in the north of Italy and in the south of Tyrol. With the help of the trilingual school, its own radio station and its own daily newspapers, they cultivate the old traditions and their language, which developed long before German and Italian from vulgar Latin.